What’s new here in our Forest Portal garden world? Well, for me who observes, nurtures, and cultivates things more intimately on a regular basis I’d say a lot, but in comparison to other areas, we experience things on a different time table. Although things progress much more slowly here at the higher altitudes of the Sierra Nevadas, things also can go quite fast when their window does open. That’s why I’ve been waiting on garden updates so that I can share the evolution of things over the course of a period of time, which more greatly reflects the changes. That said, I constantly see daily transformations, but these are the kind only a mom or dad appreciates from watching their babies grow up.
I thought that today, July 4th’s Independence and Freedom Day may be fun for sharing one of the pieces of my life that brings me a sense of liberation and independence since it’s my own little world I spend time in away from everything. Rather than celebrate in bursts of colors lighting up the sky, I opt to celebrate more gently in bursts of colors lighting up my garden of life.
Today’s share is a little peak into the evolution of things in garden land here, so far, now that we’re in Summer’s embrace. So much has already come and gone, but so much more is yet to emerge near Summer’s end and Autumn’s appearance.
It’s been fun to watch the transformation take place – some of it being Nature’s own spin of the roulette to see what she’d like to create this season – and some of it being a progression that reflects the shifts in my and our lives here, as things anchor and ground more solidly and peacefully.
I find it interesting that every time I sit down to write a blog, lately, a thunderstorm and drizzles or downpours are taking place, which is happening right now. Feels like Nature supports cozy writing time and it feels extra nurturing for inspiration to flow.
Since last share on May 28th (now over a month ago) a lot of growth has taken place and quite a few new plant babies have joined the family, along with a couple of sweet magick mushrooms and mini gnome with watering can.
I added quite an array, to include mostly all perennials to the garden, yard, and Garden Tower, but also several annuals and experimental plants that I’m testing for other reasons, mostly in planters for now and a few in the Tower. I’m happy to report that with all the fluctuations in weather, I managed to only lose one plant – a cantaloupe – but everything else survived and flourished, including the two tomato plants I was monitoring when they got hit by the frost.
For those of you plant enthusiasts and garden lovers, here’s the long list of what I added since last share:
- 4 dark red lilies
- 3 more yellow lilies
- 5 more Lamb’s Ear
- 3 Salvia Mysty Blue – 2 small and 1 large
- 2 Purple Sage
- 4 Muehlenbeckia creeping wire fine for rock garden
- 3 Ajuga Bugleweed for rock garden
- 1 more African Daisy (4D Harvest Moon)
- 5 more Dahlia – 2 red, 2 golden yellow, 1 peach
- 1 Dianthus
- 6 Italian parsley
- 1 more peppermint
- 2 pineapple sage
- 3 yellow bell pepper
- 2 red bell pepper
- 1 Serrano hot pepper
- 1 Habanero hot pepper
- 1 Cherokee purple heirloom tomato
- 1 Container tomato
- 2 Purple Coneflower (echinacea)
- 2 Clemson spineless green heirloom okra
- 1 Japanese long cucumber
- 3 crimson sweet watermelon
- 1 heirloom Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin
- 2 Wee B Little pumpkin
Weeeeeee indeed! So much fun stuff!
I recently had ordered plant nannies as well – actually right before our silent retreat away – as I felt like they’d be helpful when temperatures are higher or we’re away, to keep the extra thirsty, sweet babies hydrated without having to be out there watering constantly. I haven’t actually used them yet (I’m still waiting on a back-ordered second package as well), as I’m still gathering bottles to use with them and the thunderstorm afternoons have kept things on the cooler side. But I do plan to implement them in the next couple of weeks, as I want to make sure they’re doing their job well before I’ll really need them here shortly.
They are Astrid approved though, as you can see. 🙂
And speaking of Astrid, she’s been a bit more quiet these days from the public eye, but I assure you she’s doing fantastic, got a great, regular vet check-up, and is snuggly fun as ever. She’s just wanting to be behind-the-scenes for a bit, as she’s prepping a lot of things for our focal switch here that’s been underway. But she did want me to send her love and to let you all know she hasn’t dropped the ball on all the collective work she so generously does with her off-Earth friends and those in the unseen realms.
That leads me to one of the things that’s also developed since our own silent retreat away.
Not only has the faery garden continued flourishing in the vein of enchantment, but upon return from that reflective time, our upper, back deck that looks out on the forest has since turned into a serene sanctuary of blooms and mindfulness.
It wasn’t pre-meditated and just happened to align with our silent retreat energy. Dave surprised me with a Buddha and Buddha Bunny statue that arrived when we got back. He ordered them some time before, but that’s when they showed up.
He didn’t know that I had a bunch of plant baby inspirations, wanting to bring more blooms to the deck that we could see both from the deck furniture AND from inside the living room that looks out at it.
I also wanted Dave to have flowers to look at from his office, which is upstairs, since my office looks out on the garden and is abundant with flowery and magickal friend views already.
And so the rest just evolved, creating a peaceful, zen feel and reminded me of the gardens we walked while away on retreat. This is also where I now have a lot of my experimental planters, which are part of a bigger vision I have.
I’ll save that for when it actually does.
In the meantime, my Garden Tower is full and abundant, having provided several harvests for Astrid and us already.
Here’s the latest harvest, mostly for her.
And my sweet bubblegum pink, mini rose bush has been abundantly giving, too.
We’ve enjoyed mini bouquets and I already have a full jar of dried rose petals to use in my faery kitchen creations. My mini, crimson red roses are now making a debut, so soon I’ll have those to add as well.
Every slot in the Garden Tower, though, is full and they’re all doing so well. Again, I’m so grateful that with all of the see-sawing weather surprises and frost still biting that I only lost that one cantaloupe.
Everything else has been doing fantastic. Some plants and flowers have already gone through their cycle for the season and others have yet to dance. The side yard is jumping with happy little wildflower plants galore, but they are going to take time to fully mature. If they follow in the footsteps of my garden, they’ll get to a good place come early to late Autumn, but next year will flourish amazingly, right when Spring warms up.
My garden wildflowers are popping one-by-one…they’ve cycled through one round of oranges and are now on to the array of beautiful pinks, fuschias, purples, lilacs, whites, and crimsons, with so much more to come!
And scattered throughout I have lavender, foxgloves, dahlias, African daisies, salvia and then delphiniums, lilies, and salvia along the walk way.
The one incredible plant that deserves its own mention, however, is my very first yellow lily plant that I got last year.
She started pushing through the snow, as temperatures started rising and hasn’t stopped growing since. I actually go out every single day with a measuring tape to see how much she sprouts each day, as it’s mind-blowing!
As of this post, she is currently 52 inches tall from bottom of stalk at dirt level to the very tippy top of the tallest spire to her four-spire tower. There are a few smaller ones at the bottom as well, but these four are going for it big time! She has been steadily growing about an inch a day, recently, and is going to be amazing once all of the buds open at top with yellow lily stars reaching for the sky!
Interestingly, all of my other lilies, except for one dark red plant, have all cycled through their blooms already. But this towering giant is taking her own sweet time to put on a show.
She sits directly in front of my office and feels very reflective of things for me. I’m excited to see both of our evolutions unfold.
I find the pace of growth in my garden to reflect the changes in my life – sometimes these huge spurts, but mostly just steady, forward movement that takes the perfect time it needs without rush.
I have a feeling she’ll begin blooming just as I shift gears fully.
And like me, my garden and plants don’t try to be like the rest of the world, or other parts of the state or country that move at a different pace. We’re happy creating our own peace process and unfolding in our own uniquely creative ways.
The more embodied I feel, the more fully embodied my garden has become. And vice versa, the more plants blossom, the more I see new ideas and possibilities blossom for me.
Another thing I love is that there are always amazing surprises that my garden will unveil. I have SO many plants and flowers that I never planted and yet they are growing right before my eyes. And even a couple of plants that were here previous to my starting a garden, but never would grow abundantly or even bloom, are now suddenly this year really flourishing and I have flowers on them for the first time.
All of these pointing to me of a new cycle and that what was seeded before is finally able to see the light and come forth now in bigger and newer ways – integrating the old and new into something more than either.
One more beautiful story is that of a tree that sat at the edge of the back deck. It was one that the previous owners had planted, but it just never did well and died this last Winter. I saw it hanging over the deck with lifeless barren branches and felt like it was calling me to remove it and let it go fully.
So, I went out one day and cut it down myself with loppers, which was quite a task, and what do you know? Small new growth popped through the ground right next to the short stumps I wasn’t able to get myself and since then has flourished and is on its way to being a whole new, happy, and healthy tree.
From death, there is life. One door closes and another opens. A chapter ends and a new one begins.
There is never loss, just recreation.
I’m currently awaiting four new super enchanting additions to arrive for the garden world of unseens brought to life. I can’t wait until they do. They will truly add icing on the cake as the perfect mirror reflection of Wonderland, outside, that reflects my office and shared creative portal with Astrid, inside.
In the meantime, I’m still feeling into some expansions and changes we’re looking to do in and around the house, yards, and garden spaces. I have some research to do still and also seeing how my experiments go. But all of it, again, mirroring the inner world of evolving changes in motion that I’m/we’re taking our time to feel into the when’s and what’s of, rather than rushing forth into.
It’s exciting for sure, but since it all points to major change, I’m making sure these are the changes that feel aligned for the next leg of the journey and asking myself if this is truly the direction I want to go?
May you also create your own divine space and timing for yourself and life’s unfoldings.
Allow yourself to deepen into fuller embodiment of what you would like to experience, while allowing sweet surprises to tickle your heart along the way.
If Nature can, so can you.
It’s been a very busy time, but balance is important to keep your vitality on high, so in the middle of it all I stopped to take time to create these beauties and felt to quickly share them to spread their energies of inspiration, creativity, planting seeds, manifesting intentions, magick, love, and harmony. I’m SO in love with my mini Faery succulent gardens I can’t take my eyes off of them and so I’ve surrounded myself with them! (They’re even more lovely in person) I had exactly the perfect time needed yesterday to create these magickal little sacred garden sanctuaries for our space with intention to create a more inviting energy for my Faery friends, for this Faery’s writing inspiration, and to welcome the new bunny love that will be entering my life in June. They’re created with 15″ diameter Faery garden mossy baskets, lined with succulent/cactus soil, planted with perfectly placed succulents, covered with Reindeer Moss, Clump Moss, Spanish Moss, Forest Moss, Faery Bark, Crystals, Sea Glass, Faery, Sea Turtle, Faery Portal Door, Rabbit, and sparkly Dragonflies. It was incredibly fun to get my hands in the dirt and channel these homes and playgrounds for my friends. Can’t tell you how much joy they bring me. ✨💚🌈🍃🐇🐢 I even had enough succulents to create two potted mini gardens too – one of which had a sprawling succulent growing already, but was lonely and now has friends. These are perfect, mobile, enchanted gardens for my bohemian lifestyle, need for ease and mobility, and yet satisfies the artist in me and inspires my loves and passions. Speaking of which…..back to my writing and focuses here! Enjoy!
A little crystal grid activation and anchoring on this enchanting snowy day of the New Year.
Creating an intentional, Reki charged altar for my creative projects I choose to cultivate, nurture, and manifest for 2017.
I’m leaving the candle to burn all afternoon and evening after gently placing intents in it and releasing them for the result most aligned with greatest good at heart.
Ritual that feels natural to your essence is a symbolic and tangible way of integrating your intents with spiritual potency and focused commitment.
Anything you can do to create sacred space for things will enhance your experiences, bring greater presence to your life, help you to be more thoughtful with what you are choosing to create and with your beliefs around it, and draw in support from more resources you have available to you.
Always remember to release your intentions to All That Is, without attachment to specific outcome, but with intent for it to be for the highest good of all concerned.
You don’t have to be forceful about putting your intentions out there…you simply need to embody what that feels like to have them and to feel and believe it with all of your heart.
Then continue forward with actions that support your intentions, as you are the bridge to getting to the result most in alignment with your essence.
As I live a very richly symbolic life, of course I find it very important the things I choose to surround myself with on a daily basis. This includes the things I choose to wear and adorn myself with, put in my body, people I choose to surround myself with, and especially the daily work space I spend most of my time in to channel all of the creations I share with the world. I feel that it crucial to have a space that you can make your own, even if just a corner of a room, or your desk, and to decorate and surround it with the things that are energizing and supportive to you to aid in your daily inspiration and empowerment to your highest potential.
My new home is very energizing and supportive to the things I want to create more of in my life, but I am extra grateful for and in love with my sacred office/studio space I have created for myself. It is my most favorite space to date and I am enjoying the energy of all that I have surrounded myself with here. It is the first time that all of my most potent crystal friends are all in one room (minus two 150 lb crystals that we have in the dining room) and I can commune with them daily, along with specially selected pieces, statues and decor choices. Care was taken in choosing just the right ones that would be in my life, as well as with the other adornments and symbols I’ve put into the interior decoration of this very potent room.
One of which is a beautiful tapestry by artist, Nene Thomas. This tapestry is created from her limited edition painting, and she also has a new doll out called “Emerald Enticement” that was released and produced by the Bradford/Hamilton collection. (One cool synchronicity after another being that my company name is “Emerald Bridge” and I have a strong connection to the Faery realm and Dragons). This beautiful tapestry fills one wall that faces where I sit each day at my desk and drawing table and draws in both earthy and magical qualities of my beloved Faery realm. I am summoning in the Faery Queen Astranaithes who resides over my daily domain each time I sit across this portal tapestry doorway and can feel myself drawn into the magical forest realm. Earth magic is perfectly energizing for me right now and it is no wonder I was called to this tapestry piece. It is great energy for the plans of action I am intending and the wave of creations about to come forth.
Here is a cropped close up of the about 6’x10′ tapestry and a short biography description of Astranaithes from Nene’s husband, Steven C. Plagman.
“The Dragon Witch known as Astranaithes is the oldest and wisest member of her immortal race, and it is to her that all other Dragon Witches look for guidance and wisdom. No one knows for certain how long she’s been alive, for her birth pre-dates the written record, but what is known is that she was old long before the others of her kind began to emerge. It is said that “with age comes wisdom,” and that is certainly true in her case, for she has earned no less than four names among her own kind.
Astranaithes is known alternately as “The Queen of Fate”, “The Queen of Wisdom,” “The Norn Queen” and “the Oracle.” Though she could easily be a ruler among her kind as is Kaizenerimakagi, the Lord of Snows, Astranaithes has chosen instead to live a solitary existence, preferring a quiet, modest life in a hidden grotto far from civilization to the trappings of worldly power. Despite this voluntary solitude, her stature has given her great influence, and she is always willing to aid others when her help is requested, or when she senses the need.
As attuned as she is to the winds of fate, she can always sense the coming of the most powerful creature in existence: the Harbinger. It is only when a potential Harbinger emerges that she sets aside her peaceful ways and becomes more active in the shaping of events, in order to guide the Harbinger to where it must eventually go to complete its task, whatever that task may be. Furthermore, she knows better than anyone the true power of the Harbinger, and that after it emerges it is no less than a force of nature, and as such it cannot truly be controlled…it can only be stopped. To that end she also guides the opposite force of the Harbinger, the Champion, to his or her destiny, and brings them together when the fates decree.”
I was just going over Feng Shui yesterday with my mom and discovered some crazy cool synchronicities with how I intuitively set up my room for the perfect supportive energy towards what I am creating. It is so amazing to uncover the magic we intuitively already know when we listen to our hearts. All the things close to my heart I have surrounding me daily in my space. And with all this supercharged energy, it sure is important to keep grounded, like yesterday’s post was about, as otherwise I’d be swirling out in the Cosmos somewhere with all the amped up energies in here! So I am anchoring some grounding techniques, meditations, earthy food choices, keeping my grounding crystals and rabbit love, Joy, near by, as well as embarking on an exciting venture of crystal and gem elixirs to add to my daily potions of balanced healing magic.
Whatever you can do to create your own sacred sanctuary really DOES make a vital difference in your daily energy that supports your intentions. What one thing can you do today, to start empowering your personal space more? It is an easy thing to do and an invaluable step that will help your desired direction.