And because I just love photos of flowers in full bloom so much... I'm including a few of those from this garden below, as well.
"Winter always turns to spring." This simple, yet encouraging phrase, attributed to the Nichiren Buddhist, Daisaku Ikeda, repeated in my head over and over this past month. I began to wonder if winter really always DID turn to spring. And is it possible for spring to turn back into winter? In New England, this seems to be the case, much to my dismay. (Climate change, ahem). Just two months ago, in February, I was outside in beautiful, sunny 60-something degree weather. Fast forward to the second week of April, and it seems all of America is really really REALLY done with winter.
I'm not about the doom and gloom, though. I aim to focus on the positive, so let's switch gears here!
Yesterday was my first real day of gardening work this season! It was my first "spring clean-up," and my God was it a clean-up! I was hired by a client who was referred to me by another client (that happens to me a lot... a good sign) to get her yard looking perfect, as she is putting her house on the market to sell in two weeks. My co-worker and I sped around her garden beds, cutting back all the perennials and pulling all the weeds. The mulch guy, Anthony, dropped off 4 yards of lovely dark pine mulch for us to lay in the gardens. Thanks, Cambridge Bark and Loam! They are my go-to for bulk deliveries of compost and mulch. As a finishing touch, I popped some sweet little pansies into containers that hung on the backyard lattice fence.
It was a full day's work and we felt very accomplished. Check out some amazing before and after photos below! Click to enlarge for the full view!
I have been gardening for about 5 years now. If you read my "About" section, you will find that I began my career in gardening sort of accidentally. I was working as an after-school teacher in Watertown and happened to bring an outdoor education grant with me when I moved here in 2012. My supervisor encouraged me to team up with other community members who wanted to start an edible school garden and 6 months later, we were breaking ground on that very project.
Since then, I have dedicated my days to beautifying landscapes: mostly residential gardens, but I also work as an Environmental Educator at a child care center, where I manage their edible landscape filled with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. It's wonderful to teach the children how to care for plants and even better, watch them enjoy the fruits of their labor!
A favorite quote of mine, that has inspired me throughout much of my adult life, describes my motiviation for creating my business very well:
The quote is oft attributed to the German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but it remains to be seen who actually crafted this exact phrase.
No matter, its a beautiful and inspiring quote by which I try to lead my life.
What are your dreams? Are you working towards them? If not, why?
Just begin today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
I never dreamed I'd start my own business, but once I began, I knew I could not stop.
I hope you keep dreaming and never stop until they are realized.