Fall Landscaping: Nurturing Nature Naturally is giving & receiving

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

This year has been phenomenal for warmer sunny days that has let me squeeze in gathering fall leaves from the nearby park.   The local city crew came by late last week and gathered the leaves into a pile yet did not come to haul them away.  This allowed time to get out there and pack down a layer of those leaves onto the front bed to increase moisture in the seasons to come.  This is the front bed that I just wrote about in Fall Landscaping: Seed Planning for coming 2019 seasons.  After writing it and just before piling the leaves on I was able to cut back the Saint Johns Wort and transplant the lilac.  Still considering what plantings to add to balance out the virtue qualities of all the existing plantings!

 

 

 

 

My personal philosophy is that the leaves that fall from these near by trees are a part of the cycle of nature that would increase the humus of the soil directly beneath them if left alone and not hauled away.  These are working trees providing this community with benefits throughout the year from increased air quality to blocking the hot sun in summer.  They are doing their part and gathering up their leaves  and keeping them near to their source is actually a tribute to them.  I believe they contribute to my garden with the bounty they deliver literally to my door step and by recognizing it as a bounty and not an inconvenience I am contributing back and connecting via an unspoken language of respect and appreciation.    Saving the planet and our environment begins when recognizing those moments of going to source and creating an actual working understanding of the opportunities versus going to Canadian Tire and bringing it home in a plastic bag.  It’s like buying a plastic bottle of water that later we discover is actually city water from taps being sold for convenience.  True convenience would be going to the sink and filling up a recycled glass bottle or thermos.  It’s time to shift a cultural habit that we were unwitting taught without our knowledge.

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Reflecting on how ‘gardens can mirror relationship qualities’ & hint at lifestyles

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

In the picture gallery below you will see images of the front garden at the time of moving into this rental house and then after a few years.  The landscape of the front garden was ignored before we took over the lease and at first we continued to ignore it while adjusting to our move and while getting set up.  The front bed had been seeded in grass yet it was hard to tell with weed that made it difficult to cut.

In the picture with the lawn it is visually barren and the house looks like it has been set down on the land without any foundation.   In the other photos the eye is drawn to the garden versus the house and the visual message is that the house is grounded.   The other difference is the two messages of scarcity and abundance.

Homes and landscaping tell a story of the occupants.  Like the  neighbours  just down the road who park a camper and a boat on their front lawn.  The yard is very well maintained yet the stories of these two front yards are different.   That one tells a story of convenience with little connection to the plants growing in the garden.  The amenities are kept up with the walkway and grass  maintained however the garden plants and flowering shrubs are disappearing.  As the couple age into retirement the story I tell myself is that it is  a  need for convenience to travel or for adventure whereas because mine is not for convenience.  It is a focus of attention integrating into my whole lifestyle and a resource.  For me, this reflects a relationship and engagement with ones lifestyle.

In the barren landscape of the house as we first moved in before it was our home, relationships with the neighbours reflected disconnection, scarcity, suspicion and judgement,  As the ground was became richer with compost and love it so did relationships.  They matured into a healthier observance as those judgments and criticisms turned into honest and value based conversations.  The biggest difference in living experience has been the shift in privacy the little garden bed provides.  Gone is the exposure.  Previously the house and windows were exposed.  Now it is not the first thing one sees.  Just before this article I began to consider how to move forward with this bed for the coming seasons.  This meant looking at what it reflected now and what how changes could be made to correct any influence.  In doing so I noticed what is planted reflects virtues and values and that many focus on loving relationships which explains why one neighbour may be becoming too friendly.  I may what to add some active representations of fire and air elements in plantings as this bed reflects relationships in the community and not that of an intimate nature.    Stay tuned!

Homes and gardens have stories!  What seeds do you plan to sow in the coming year?  Read more on how this garden reflects the value qualities that I integrate using Nonviolent Communication.

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Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Fall Landscaping: Seed Planning for coming 2019 seasons

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Landscaping – Front Bed

 

As luck would have it our fall has been warmer which extends my time to get out and do a fall clean and plan for the coming year.  This year I have considered adding lavender and forget me nots in the front due to the South Eastern exposure.  The rest of the yard does not have the full sun that lavender enjoys.  Prior to getting out though I decided to get a full perspective of what is actually going on in this area.

The first thing that I notice is that every plant in this bed is more than decoration.  Each one can be one of the following:

Symbols for Quick Reference above each plant entry:

Edible

Edible

Mortar

Medicinal

tea kettle

Tea/Infusion

Dye

Dye Plant

These plants may flower with some flowers turning into berries.  I have made flower and/or plant essences from each of these plants.  Most of them I eat as edibles during their season and have made oils and tinctures with them.

The second area I want to check out is the significance of the placement of each plant and the relationship to the life areas each placement represents.  There are nine life areas in a grid of 3 x 3.

Landscaping – Front Bed Life Areas

Listed below are the meaning of some of these plants to given you an idea of why I find it important to look at their placement in this garden bed.   I check into their symbolism and connection to  the subtle energy centers of the body that they are associated with.  These aspects would give me the incentive to consider what is happening in my current experience and are ones that I would change for balancing out their placement.

Going through the list I enjoy the growing awareness of how the meaning qualities reflect the values that I am integrating through Nonviolent Communication studies and practice.  The mirror reflection for me is that the intention of connecting to values is a deeper lifestyle integration than I had imagined.   It’s a  microphone drop moment for me!  I highlighted the values and qualities I strive to mentor others to achieve through goal-setting and Nonviolent Communication Practice.

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1st Chakra:  Root

  • Crocosmia
    • Feelings of Love
  • Day Lily
    •  Humility & Devotion
  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self-Reliance
  • Native Red Currant
  • Traditional White Rose – Rosa
    • Love & Adoration

2nd Chakra:  Sacral

  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self-Reliance
  • Oregon Grape
    • Trust & Balance
  • Rue
    • Herb of Grace, to forgive
  • Snow Drop
    • Hope
  • Stonecrop (Hens ‘n chicks)
    • Timeless Love

3rd Chakra:  Solar Plexus

  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self Reliance
  • Saint Johns Wort
    • Protection

4th Chakra:  Heart

  • Evening Primrose
    • Life of Fulfillment
  • Forget me not
    • True Love
  • Gladiolus
    • Faith and Consistency
  • Hollyhock
    • Fertility & Fruitfulness
  • Lavender
    • Serenity & Grace
  • Sand Strawberry

5th Chakra:  Throat

  • Pacific Northwest Maple
    • tree of offering, generosity, balance, promise & practicality
  • Mullein
    • Creativity & Self Reliance

6th Chakra:  Brow

  • Forget me not
    • True Love
  • Lavender
    • Serenity & Grace
  • Lupine
  • Saint Johns Wort
    • Protection
  • Traditional White Rose – Rosa
    • Love & Adoration

7th Chakra:  Crown

  • Lavender
    • Serenity & Grace
  • Lemon Balm
    • Love Friendship
  • Traditional White Rose – Rosa
    • Love & Adoration

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Traditional uses and properties of foods are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering.


Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000