All the more reason to GO GREEN.
I am on the floor, glittering the edges of pine-cones from my parents' sidewalk.
In white ceramic flowerpots, I plant 2 Christmas Cacti rich with red blooms. Next, I burrow two more reddish-green leafy stems -- clippings donated by friends Ruth and Asa. I don't know what they're called, but they go great with the arrangement!
Then there are the chalkboard pots -- sent all the way from Florida by my sister's in-laws, Consuelo and Alan. I place an assortment of spider plants inside them, green and white like spearmint gum. But the real decision becomes what to write on the outside. Here's what I come up with:
|A message for the season...|
|Jen, Mary, and Mom |
helped with the installation!
I started the Healing Garden at Jefferson Hospital in May this year to celebrate the completion of Mile Marker 1000. I wanted a way to give back to the hospital. To thank the people who nurtured me for so long.
If you've ever been in the hospital, or have had a loved one there, you know how the days blend into each other. How -- between those walls -- the weekends, and holidays, and even winter storms lose their meaning. I thought a garden would give the families there a place for peace and healing during their own tough times.
Sometimes, while I'm watering, people tell me their stories. Sometimes I tell them mine.
|The fairy garden gets|
a dusting of snow!
On the surface, the Healing Garden is just a tiny counter space in the Surgical Waiting Room. But really, it's a place that keeps growing -- an ongoing harvest.
A little green goes a long way!
|The Healing Garden's new winter look :)|
Two days after I set up the winter garden at Jefferson, my friend Jen and I are wandering the green aisles of Home Depot.
|We love it, but|
we can't lift it!
|We name her Queen La-Tree-fah!|
Ok, so winter really is here.
Gone are the days of snow shoveling and scraping ice off the car... for me, anyway. But I can live with that. This year, I'm armed with an indoor parking space and a winter agenda that'll keep me active and dry.
Yet as the forecast turns to WHITE, I know I'll keep turning to GREEN. After all, it's the color of nature. It reminds us that spring's just around the corner.
And it definitely beats the winter BLUES!
What's on your winter agenda??
To see my "Winter Warm-Up" plan, click here.