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Plants always have a way of bringing me inspiration, especially during the transition from the end of winter to the beginning of spring.  The first day of spring is this Friday, which brings me great joy!  I breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that the days are getting longer and the warm weather is soon to arrive. 

I look forward to the daffodils and tulips that will soon bloom.  Today in the garden at work, these amazing yellowish hellebores were planted with purple pansies and tulips.  Hellebores are absolutely one of my favorite flowers.  They are unique, especially because they bloom at the end of winter, early spring.  Their flowers can really vary, the colors, the mottled spots on the petals, the way they hang from the stem.  Some hang down with the face of the flower not noticed unless you pick it up. Others bloom upright and stare you in the face.  They hold a special place in my heart as they signify the transition from winter to spring, a time of renewal, a time of change. 

Hellebores are amazing in the ground, in a partially shaded environment with moist, organic soil.  They are also amazing in containers.  Buy them in a nursery in late winter, early spring and plant them in containers on your patio as a stand alone plant and you will get the most dramatic effect. 

There are hundreds of hellebore hybrids, colors ranging from plums to whites to yellows to purples.  There are hellebores with spots on them and even with ruffled petals, as you can see from the picture below.  Mixed together, hellebores create a beautiful display.  They are certainly a special flower and have even inspired me to paint. 

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photo cited:  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/Hellebore_flowers.jpg

I ordered some Hellebores for my new garden and am excited to plant them next week.  They are a must-have in every garden.  I urge you to buy some for your garden. They will surely bring inspiration to you as well.  Maybe they will inspire you to start a garden or maybe they will inspire you to paint.  Or maybe they will inspire you to take a moment to appreciate their beauty, the beauty of nature, the beauty in a flower.  The simple things in life always seem to inspire me.  Simple things teach me beautiful life lessons.  And plants continue to inspire me, as they always have….and they always will………

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I am finally living in a small studio cottage by the harbor of Huntington on Long Island. I am so excited that I have some space to garden. My cottage overlooks the Huntington harbor.  My dream to live near the water and to see the water when I awake has finally come true.  It is amazing how the small things in life always seem to just work out at some point.  It is amazing how important this is to me and how good it feels to have something that means something in my life.  Now it is time to start planning my garden.  A space of my own, designed by me, built by me, tended for by me….

I was living in apartments for years and have only been gardening in containers for years.  Which is quite surprising being that I am an avid gardener and horticulturalist.  Please follow me on my journey to start a new garden in my new little cottage.  Nothing exists around my little cottage.  It is bare soil, an empty palette for an artist such as myself.  I took one look at the soil and ideas were already flying around my little creative mind. Oh, I could plant some clematis here and oh, what about some climbing roses? And of course, I could plant some fall gourds that could climb up onto my decking and fencing.  And an herb garden, I definitely need herbs for cooking.  The entry definitely needs some attention. It is screaming for plants, for color, for texture. 

Follow me as I plan the garden, design the garden, plant the garden and tend to the garden. Watch how it evolves from bare soil and watch how it grows into something beautiful, something special, something meaningful.  This garden will also be practical and sustainable. It will provide me with fresh vegetables and herbs.  It will help me stay healthy.  See how it will become such an integral part of my life.

Gardens just have a special quality to them, no matter what the theme.  From small urban gardens to community gardens to large formal gardens to natures gardens, there is always something unique about each and every one.  They are special, they are alive.  They change with the season.   They have personality.  They are an outlet for creativity, for getting in touch with nature, for appreciating the uniqueness of a flower.  They bring a sense of fullfillment upon your first flower or harvest of a vegetable.  They help you to care for and nurture something other than yourself. 

It is a new year which means that spring is not far away.  This means that it is time for me to start planning and designing my new garden.  I invite you to go on this journey with me so I can teach you how to start a garden.  Have you ever wanted to start a garden?  Do you feel like you have no idea how to begin?  Let me show you for it is not harder than you think it is. It takes a little time, a little knowledge, a little love and care.  Give it a chance.  You may be pleasantly surprised.  Perhaps you will learn something, perhaps you will feel a sense of fullfillment, joy.  Take a chance.  Plan out a small plot. 

If you have questions, send me your questions.  Send me pictures of your garden.  I will help you if  you need the help. 

As for now, follow me on my journey to starting a new garden.  Stay tuned for pictures of my little cottage and all of the bare soil that will soon turn into a beautiful garden.

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