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A Look Back and Forward

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Hello Fellow Readers,

Thanks to all of you our Garden Dilemma chats have run for 239 weeks and counting! We shared a range of topics this last year from the most recent ones – the history of poinsettias known as the Flowers of the Holy Night and the Magnitude of Promise of 5,000 garden clubs nationwide to educate folks to become caretakers of our earth and wildlife. We’ve talked about The Gift of Sharing Growth and that We Are All Just Seeds in God’s Hands. We learned to Bee Kind to our pollinators and to each other (the later not in the column per se but surely a lesson we all can benefit from).  We shared fun topics such as Don’t be a Fig Pig – a sign posted in Cape May offering free figs to passers-by which relates to all of us as we should take only what we need while sharing with others. The Lessons of the Secret Garden I learned while visiting Mom at the nursing home in Virginia where I write you now. To speak face to face with each other. We all matter. And if we tend to things outside of our own sadness or worry, there’s healing joy and the promise of new beginnings.

We talked about The Oxymoron Watermelon, The Wisdom of Gingko, Bad Bamboo, Donut Trees, Color Calamity, and A Cup of Joe in the Garden. There’s Vinegar Beyond Salad, Frog Watch USA, Kissing Bugs, Beloved Birch, the Gall of Cedar Apple Rust, and The Beauty of Now to name a few. All our chats are searchable by topic in this website.

Let’s not forget the column during Memorial Day Week titled One World – about a song sparrow and robin who didn’t care to share a nesting spot. Wouldn’t it have been joyful to see them living in harmony in the same viburnum. United in one neighborhood, one country, one world.  Here’s to new beginnings. Happy New Year! Garden Dilemmas? Askmarystone@gmail.com

Mary Stone, Garden Dilemmas, Ask Mary Stone,Gardening tips, Garden Blogs, Stone Associates Landscape Design, Garden Blog,Northern New Jersey Landscape Designer, NJ Garden Coach and Speaker

Mary Stone, owner of Stone Associates Landscape Design & Consulting. As a Landscape Designer, I am grateful for the joy of helping others beautify their surroundings which often leads to sharing encouragement and life experiences. These relationships inspired my weekly column published in THE PRESS, 'Garden Dilemmas? Ask Mary', began in 2012. I dream of growing the evolving community of readers into an interactive forum to share encouragement and support in Garden and Personal Recoveries - seeking nature’s inspirations, stimulating growth, weeding undesirables, embracing the unexpected. Thank you for visiting! Mary

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