The advice that I would like to share with new gardeners, is to have patience.
A garden is quite forgiving and gives you multiple chances to find what works best for you and it. Immediate fulfillment can be found in a beautifully landscaped garden designed and planted by a professional. However, you will find that the truly unique gardens, are created of love and tell the story of a lifetime. The “love” garden cannot be created quickly, however it often speaks the loudest to our hearts.
When you walk in a “love” garden and hear of the memories… a plant shared by a friend, a tree planted when a baby was born, perennials grown from seeds and nurtured over time, or the Easter lilies given as a gift each year, these things bring life and love to a garden.
When you relax, give yourself grace, laugh at your mistakes and rejoice in your accomplishments, magic happens. My garden really took off after The Year of the Cicadas. I found healing for my soul, and answers for my heart while digging in the dirt that year. Reconnecting with nature is one of the ways that God reminds us of the circle of life.
My garden has taught me many things about myself and the world in which we live. Start slow if you are busy with work, family, sports and other events. Your garden should be a place that allows you to relax and reconnect with what matters most to you. Your understanding of plants, growing environments and propagation will grow along with your garden, allowing you to mature together. Allow your garden of love to evolve just as your life evolves, one event at a time.
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Tell a friend about our book or purchase a copy for them as a gift.
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Send a copy of our book or write to one of your favorite shows, like the Ellen Show, Oprah, The View or Kathie & Hoda, tell them what you think about it. It only does so much if I say my book is good, you the reader carry a lot more weight than I do with the outside world.
Pray for our message, that our story will reach the hearts and minds of the people who can help us to open the doors. Pray that our story will help to inspire people who are in need and that our story finds a way into their lives.
Without you, the readers of The Year of the Cicadas, this story would be in a shoebox in the top of my closet waiting for my grandchildren to discover it after my passing. Thank you for letting me see it find the light while I am still here. You rock.