|'How Does Your Garden Grow?' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
As I pulled the weeds I realized that gardening is a lot like learning how to paint.
Think about it. When we decide to start a garden we have visions of this wonderful lush oasis filled with beautiful color harmony and textures. We devour gardening books and magazines. We go to the garden center and fill our wagons with plants...one of every thing we can afford. We plant the flowers with excitement but somehow.....it never matches the visions we have. It may be a mishmash of colors and doesn't quite look as lush and professional as we would like.
How do we make our gardens grow into the beautiful garden of our dreams?
- Time and Attention. It takes work and lots of it to ensure our plants flourish. It takes daily attention and if we neglect it the weeds and bugs will take over.
- Knowledge and Experience: It takes lots of study and experience to understand how to care for the plants and design the best garden....soon we will be moving plants around to make the garden better.
- Each year the garden gets better and stronger and more mature.... as long as it is not neglected.
Can you see the parallels between getting the garden to the mature garden of your dreams and having paintings that please you? It takes learning the basics and lots of practice and your paintings will match those visions in your head.
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