The Garden – A room with a view

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The Garden – A Room With A View

When you look into your own stunning garden, what do you see? Is it the oasis of peace and tranquility for you? Is it that place where you find that quiet stillness? Does it nurture you, entice you, welcome you? Does it say to you, come here, come here, come into the garden!
Your garden is your own room with a view. When you look into that space, it’s your own stunning landscape that you’ve created yourself, that you see.
The fabulous colour, the blooms, the decor, the garden design and the fabulous foliage. This you create yourself. The never ending room with a view.
Your neighbour has a house there, but cleverly, you conceal that. What is that back garden gate for? Does it take you into the forest? Perhaps the orchard.
Logistically, your house and front yard take up about half of your property if your property size is 50’x100′. This gives you room for your backyard living space. To create the ongoing garden and to give the appearance of more and more space, you can put your forest or orchard outside of the back fence.
Why did out ancestors put in the garden gate? They didn’t necessarily own the land beyond the fence. The land implied, by the gate.
There’s an assumption implied by putting in a gate. The gate surely accesses something. Surely, when you open the gate, it accesses something that you can enter. It’s clever and it’s a trick you can use yourself. You can build your fence and put in a gate. The gate itself, implies that you have access to the land beyond.
You, also, can access the land beyond.
Build your fence several feet from your property line. It doesn’t have to be a high fence, but it can be. Chose whatever building materials you prefer, but be careful of light and shade. If it’s too dark, you’re plants won’t grow. Put in your gate.
Behind the fence plant your trees and shrubs, for your own forest. You can build a pathway through this garden and put in a bench. You should fence the back behind this garden as well so that you have properly claimed your own property. By doing this, you’ve given yourself the view you enjoy and your lucky neighbour has a beautiful view as well.
Some of us were raised that the garden is a yard. An expanse of grass. The expanse of grass has visual appeal, but offers no privacy. You can still have this expanse of grass, or/and a garden, the fence, the garden gate and the forest all on your property.
If the fenceline is too harsh for your taste, you can do a graduating garden, with shrubs closer in the yard, gradually incorporating trees as you move further back to your lot line. You can still put in a gate, by putting a break in the shrubbery and making a path to the gate.
Now follow the path into the forest.
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and also visit: http://freshome.com/2012/05/14/38-garden-design-ideas
written by: l
Louise Hayes
April 14, 2013

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Health Benefits of Fennel:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Slowing Aging
      • DNA Repair and Protection
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Alzheimer’s Protection
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Fennel is thought to reduce  flatulence, colic, urinary disorders, and constipation. The Anethole compound  which gives it most of its flavor is thought to alleviate inflammation and help  prevent cancer.

*Some of these health benefits are  due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Fennel, and may not necessarily be  related to Fennel.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Fennel: Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Calcium | Dietary  Fiber | Manganese | Iron | Potassium |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/fennel.php#oMIAqddtXSCZBAzB.99

 
Health Benefits of Ginger:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Ginger is known to help resolve  an array of digestive ailments, chiefly, gas and nausea. Ginger also has strong  anti-inflammatory properties that may cause it to help osteoarthritis. It is  also thought to help reduce and fight cancer, and is often used to alleviate  symptoms of the common cold and flu.

*Some of these  health benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Ginger, and may  not necessarily be related to Ginger.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Ginger: Carbohydrates | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  C | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Manganese | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/ginger.php#tFe58dLJY4Rz5e6h.99

Health Benefits of Daikon:

    • Increased Immune Function
    • Protection Against Heart Disease
    • Slowing Aging
    • DNA Repair and Protection
    • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection
    • Stroke Prevention

*Some of these health  benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Daikon, and may not  necessarily be related to Daikon.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Daikon: Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Dietary  Fiber | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/daikon.php#WGccJOEBBGfK6dlY.99

Health Benefits of Garlic:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Promoted Eye Health
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Alleviation of the Common Cold
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Crushed raw garlic contains an  antibiotic called allicin, thus, it is good to eat garlic when you have a cold  or flu. As a blood thinner, garlic is thought to promote cardiovascular health  and reduce the chance of heart attack. Garlic is also a

cholesterol lowering food

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients  highly  concentrated in Garlic, and may not necessarily be related to  Garlic.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Garlic: Carbohydrates | Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin  B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin  B5 (Pantothenic Acid) | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  C | Calcium | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Selenium | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Zinc |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/garlic.php#VR1jqbF3w5voPBcG.99

Health Benefits of Eggplants:

      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Eggplants are high in  antioxidants and are thought to contain chemicals which can help reduce  cholesterol.

*Some of these health benefits are due  to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Eggplants, and may not necessarily be  related to Eggplants.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Eggplants: Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Dietary  Fiber | Manganese |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/eggplant.php#CqCWbTCK0rvtgTPV.99

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The Garden -water

The Garden -water

The Garden – Water

You’ve chosen your beautiful view!
For centuries of building and developing the land, the garden has been incorporated into the landscape as a pleasure. Yours to create, to relax in, to enjoy. The garden is so important to us that it brings with it many professionals. The nurseries, the landscape architect, the designer, the gardener and building trades who help you to create that perfect place.
Gardens with their flowers, their trees, the pathways, rock formations, the type of fencing, the garden gate, the fountains, statues, the water! The fabulous garden, with all of the creatures that it entices into your life. The butterflies, the hummingbirds and the other kinds of birds and animals. The garden is a home to many.
The importance of the garden cannot be underestimated. There are ancient world heritage gardens one of which can be visited at http://www.villadestetivoli.info/storiae.htm (look at his specially created view!)
There are also many botanical gardens in Canada, which tourist flock to see. A look at one of our most famous is Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC at http://www.butchartgardens.com/the-gardens. Go to the virtual tour and click on the photo for an interactive map of the garden.
Don’t forget the water! A waterfall, a fountain or the garden pond add to the pleasure of the garden.
Listen to the soothing sound of the water. The playful melody of the rushing sound that delights, refreshes, soothes your nerves and cools the air. Water is an important feature that can be incorporated in many ways. From a simple fountain that doesn’t take up much room, to a cascading waterfall that takes your breath away. Water in the garden is a curiosity, a enticement. It’s enchanting! People gravitate to the cool pools for another sense of wonder.
Are there fish? What are the plants? The water feature has a powerful effect on your senses. People wander off the paths to gaze into the water. They sit on the benches to watch the display of the fountain.
Is water a part of your garden? It can be. One site to visit for water feature equipment is http://www.graystonecreations.com
The garden pond can be an important focus for aquatic life. Since it can be small, it can be added to a small space. Garden ponds can be built in tubs with plants added. This adds another dimension to your garden.
Ponds are a life giving element. In nature, these sometimes small areas play host to a wide variety of plant, bird, animal, insect and amphibian life. Some species spend their entire life cycle in the confines of the small space that is the pond.
Frogs, in particular, love the pond. So do ducks, herons, turtles and other birds. To conserve the pond, as an environmentalist, is to conserve a complete ecosystem. All of that life, in that small space. Ponds thrive with life! That life is necessary to the planet and necessary to us as humans. Those areas are our water supply. The vegatation helps the Earth to breathe. The wildlife needs it’s sanctuary just as much as we do.
How do you incorporate that beautiful view into your own world? Build your fabulous garden! Protect and preserve your own fabulous space.
Your call to action: Share this post and consider a wild life protection agency. The ponds need your help. Wetlands and marshlands are diminishing world wide. You can help.
Please visit http://www.ducks.org for wetland conservation efforts.
written by: Louise Hayes
April 16, 2013

The Garden – Tranquility message

Good morning, brilliant mankind. What a glorious day this is!
The Earth is warming and the early plants are starting to bud and flower. The garden, your own awesome, awe inspiring space is welcoming you. Enter the garden! It’s for you. Your own inspiring place that you created yourself.
This is rest. This is peace.
The great, good Earth gives us this abundance of plant and animal life. The great, good Earth nourishes and creates. It nourishes our soul.
The quiet needs of the human are fulfilled in the garden. The peace, the serenity, the beauty, the constant calm, the meditative stillness. The garden is for the beauty of the Earth. It’s beauty that we crave and beauty surrounds you.
The Earth sighs, thank you mankind for planting a tree, I breathe for another day.
Breathe mankind.
Feel the warm breezes. Hear the nesting birds. Smell the fragrant flowers. See the beautiful array of colour. The garden touches your senses. It restores your soul.
Congratulate yourself on this fabulous place. You created it. It’s for you.
Now, bring in your favourite flower, or a scent that you just love. Place it close, where you can smell it, during the tranquility message. The arromatherapy will help with the effect of the message.
Go to http://www.calmsound.com, click on country garden and listen to the songs of your garden.

Now rejoice, mankind. All of that protected place, no matter how small your yard is, helps the Earth to rejuvenate itself. One more plant to protect the soil, one more tree to breathe. The fabulous Earth breathes from the plants, but also provides refuge and food for animal life as well.
Rejoice mankind, for your garden will bring animal life and might become a haven for nesting birds and butterflies. If you want to attract the wildlife, don’t spray your garden. Use mulch to reduce weeds around your plants instead. Sprays are extremely harmful to wildlife. If you’re interested in birds, a good site to go to is http://www.organicgardening.com. It has a section on attracting birds and preaches organic land use. You will be able to have a beautiful garden without the use of dangerous chemicals and pesticides.
If you enjoyed the tranquility message, the wonderful sound of the garden, you might also consider some botanical societies. You might also feel inspired enough to show your gardens. If you community competes in Communities in Bloom. visit http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca for more information about this exciting organization. If it doesn’t you might want to start.
Your call to action. Share this blog. We, the environmentalists need your support. The great, good Earth needs you as well. Please make a contribution in support of the planet. Donate to whichever environmental cause you like. You have more influence than you might realize. It’s not just one voice, one property.
Every piece of nurtured land is a contribution to the planet. Save us, brilliant mankind. You are the people. You have the power.
written by Louise Hayes
April 16, 2013

The Garden – part 2

The Garden – part 2

The Garden, Part 2

So, you’ve chosen your beautiful garden space. This is your view. You can make it whatever you want.
Are you going to put in that water feature? A fountain, a pond?
What will the sitting space be? A patio? A deck? Wood, stone, brick?
Gardens are a much researched space. There are plenty of nuseries and garden outlets to help you choose your ideal garden and now is the perfect time of year to pursue this passion.
Brilliant mankind, don’t underestimate the power of this awesome space that you create for yourself. The garden is important to you, just like the other rooms in your home. It needs to be beautiful, functional and suit your needs.
The garden is your own awesome, awe inspiring place.
Do you expect visitors? Besides your own welcome guests, there will be others. Butterflies and birds are frequent garden visitors and if you’re hoping to encourage these, there are gardens that can be crafted to bring the wildlife in.
Butterflies can be enticed into your garden by choosing flowering plants that they prefer. Some of these same flowers are beneficial for uses in aromatherapy and for perfumes as well. So, if you are interested in fragrances, you might attract butterflies anyway.
Butterflies are healthy polinators. They need the nectar from the plants to live. Plants need polinators for cross fertilization. The transfer of polin helps the plant to reproduce. This is a perfect natural relationship, between the butterfly and the plant. They nourish each other to survive. These beautiful, silky polinators will help your plants as they feed themselves.
For more information specifically directed at attracting butterflies, visit, http://www.thebutterflysite.com/gardening.shtml.
This site will help you choose flowers that will encourage butterflies which inhabit your area.
There are other visitors which you might like to attract. Perhaps you would like birds.
The wildlife is friendlier than you might expect. Once they become accustomed to being fed, they will continue to return looking for food. Putting out feeders and bird baths is an easy way to attract birds to your yard. A little bit of research is needed, so that you put out the right food, for the right birds. Migrating birds will visit feeders, if the birdseed being used is part of their diet.
Hummingbirds can be encouraged by planting flowers that carry the nectar they eat. Also, they can be encourged by putting out hummingbird feeders. For a guide as to how to attract hummingbirds, visit: http://www.hummingbirds.net/attract.html
For hummingbirds in action that you can attract yourself visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=EUEZkwJwBY where they have captured the wild Alaskan Hummingbird. Look at how tame these birds become! When they’re being fed, they have less fear.
(beware of the cat. Don’t feed the birds if you have a cat)
Your call to action. Share this post. Consider your role in protecting and preserving your own special place. Regardless of the size of your garden, it can be a fabulous solitude for you and the guests who you invite. The garden is yours, it belongs to you. Care and nurture. Enjoy!
written by: Louise Hayes
Aptil 14, 2013

Health Benefits of Chili Peppers:

      • Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Cancer Risk
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Slowing Aging
      • DNA Repair and Protection
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Alzheimer’s Protection
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

The capsaicin in peppers acts as  a vasodilator, helping to increase blood flow to all parts of the body and lower  blood pressure. Capsaicin also aids in alcohol metabolism, and is an expectorant  that alleviates bronchitis and emphysema. New evidence suggests that the  capsaicin can even help fight cancer.

*Some of  these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Chili  Peppers, and may not necessarily be related to Chili  Peppers.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Chili Peppers: Vitamin  A | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Vitamin  K | Magnesium | Manganese | Iron | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/chili-pepper.php#yTPxubsU47tfFjHU.99

Health Benefits of Corn:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Cancer Risk
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Regulation of Blood Sugar and Insulin Dependence
      • Slowing the progression of AIDS
      • Slowing Aging
      • DNA Repair and Protection
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Alzheimer’s Protection
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Due to the ubiquity of corn  syrup, corn starch, corn flower, and corn in animal feed, corn has come under  much scrutiny for its health benefits. Corn in its whole form, however, should  not be perceived as being unhealthy. To the contrary, whole corn is said to  reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and even cavities!

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients  highly  concentrated in Corn, and may not necessarily be related to  Corn.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Corn: Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin  B3 (Niacin) | Vitamin  B5 (Pantothenic Acid) | Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Potassium |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/corn.php#oIkYokjlqWdrCTWz.99

Health Benefits of Cucumbers:

    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection

*Some of  these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in  Cucumbers, and may not necessarily be related to  Cucumbers.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Cucumbers: Vitamin  K |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/cucumber.php#OWK3eHoisKVPqdlD.99

Health Benefits of Collard Greens:

      • Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Cancer Risk
      • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Slowing Aging
      • DNA Repair and Protection
      • Protection Against Dementia
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Promoted Eye Health
      • Alzheimer’s Protection
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
      • Alleviation of Inflammation

Like other vegetables in the cabbage family,  collards are thought to help prevent heart disease and cancer.

*Some  of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in  Collard Greens, and may not necessarily be related to Collard  Greens.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Collard Greens: Vitamin  A | Vitamin  B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Vitamin  K | Vitamin  E | Calcium | Manganese | Potassium |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/collard-greens.php#r2J7HzpQvSoDMyY4.99

Mothers Day

Mothers Day

Happy day to you, goddesses.  A day set aside for wonderful you.

Happy are we to be the gifts that you bear.  Joyous are we to be the praises that you sing.  Delighted are we to be the blessings that you desire.  Gladness fills our lives when we please you and great joy is ours when you admire us.

Mothers are the centre of our creation.  They are the focal points of our lives.  From our tiniest beings, the survival of our own creation comes from our mothers.  Nurture and care.

The whole world of mothers in nurture and care.

What do we think of when we think of mothers?  The goddess of creation whose womb protected us.  Where we lay growing in blissful secrecy.  Here the dark chamber of creation surrounds us, protects us, nurtures us, helps us to grow.  The safe compartment of creation. The gift of life itself.

The growing child is secure.  Life surrounds us and the awakening dawn of birth is a miracle to us.  We live!

Gratitude fills us with trust, we honour and obey.  Cleverness abounds with your teaching.  Wonder inspires us and awe awakens in our minds with your wisdom.  Heal us, we know you can.

Brilliant creator, from the dawn of time your heartbeat echoes in our minds.  Our aptitudes soar with your genius.  Your aspirations strengthen us and our minds lock into the key of our being.

Trust and obey.  The call of the human is a call to all aptitudes.  All minds focused in the community of the planet.  All hearts beating for the gift of salvation.  All souls nurtured for the gift of everlasting life.

Gifts to us, for being a child and gifts to you for being a wonder.

Praises to you, almighty goddess.  Mothering is a gift from the Almighty.

For  meditation music, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/kazenookayorifeature=chclk

and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkh2qe6-t_4

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

May 11, 2013