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What's In A Plant.
February 18, 2019

Cardinals are so photogenic in the snowy weather.

I'm at my granddaughter's, kindergarten Valentine's party.

A little girl says to me "Why does your chin wiggle"?

(I did all I could to not chuckle.)

I said "that's my wattle, I got it from my mom".

"Oh", she says.

Out of the mouth of babes.

I took my girls, and treated Karen's sister to Olive Garden for V. Day.

Did you manage to participate in the 'Great Backyard Bird Count'?

Friday was an excellent counting day, so many birds.

Not as active the rest of the weekend.

We only had one winter storm last week, what's with that?

The fur kids are well, being fur kids.

Akita (pictured), slowly continues to decline physically.

(Miss Penny and Snickers pictured below.)

She still gets frisky in short spurts, so I know the mind is willing.

There aren't really any signs of suffering, other than I have to help her up and down thew steps at times.

I'm not looking forward to that day, and I know some of you have gone through this recently.

Karen's pansies, and my echinacea have sprouted.

Several herb seeds are planted.

More things to do in coming days and weeks.

Yes, I'm started to get pumped.

You too?

To help with the moment,

What's In A Plant?


What is in a Plant?

You plant them.

You water them.

You prune them.

You may even talk to them.

Your plants have value to you.

But, do you know why?

Plants can live without people, but we can't live without plants.

Our very existence is embroidered with horticultural connections.

Plants are fundamental to all life on this planet through their ability to transform and story energy.

This energy flows through the entire food chain.

Without plants, there wouldn't be any other life forms.

Think about that for a moment,.

(Male Robin.)

Researchers have also discovered that chlorophyll molecules bear a surprising similarity to hemoglobin, the primary component of human blood.

Both molecules are made up of a ring of carbon and nitrogen atoms surrounding a single atom

The distinction is that single atom.

Chlorophyll contains an atom of magnesium, while our hemoglobin contains an atom of iron.

Our'Creator' is pretty smart to make things so simple.

We love our gardens and flower beds, but there is so much more to consider when you plant.

There are Sociological, Physiological and Psychological benefits that run underneath the obvious benefits we enjoy.

Psychologists have studied the benefits of restored yards and natural settings.

In addition to the ability to remove pollutants and shade, greenery provides a place of respites from from the constant tension imposed on our fast placed lives

As you may know, work, stress and tension result in mental fatigue, irritability, physical tiredness and the inability to concentrate.

(There were eight or nine Robins in the tree last Thursday.)

Natural settings restore us mentally and spiritually.

Office workers who have a view of nature report better job performances and satisfaction.

Plant life allows the human spirit to release itself from the daily stresses.

New studies are showing that children and youth have the most to gain from green surroundings.

Playing in trees and vegetation can support a child's development of skills and cognitive abilities and lessen the symptoms of ADHD.

Living in a green environment can improve school performance as students show greater concentration and self-discipline (Read "Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv).

Design styles can represent a philosophical value as well.

Japanese, English, Cottage, Natural..............

Garden styles that may reflect your personality.

If you have been with me for a while, you know that colors and fragrances are two of the many considerations in landscape design (I like "Nature's" work).

Colors and smell prompt feelings and associate memories in people.

20% of your optic nerves connect directly to your pituitary gland, which creates emotions ans response to color.

This means your body is reacting to color on a subconscious level apart from what you consciously perceive.

While perceptions can be subjective, there are some color effects that have a universal meaning.

The colors red, yellow and orange are known to have a warm feeling to them.

Colors in the blue spectrum are known as cool or calming colors.

Green, of course is the leading color of your landscape and is the backdrop that give a sharpness to colors.

Plantings of compatible colors like pastels, create a peaceful mood.

Monotonous colors will create a calm sense (nature).

Strong and contrasting colors will induce energy and excitement.

I like the strong, bright colors, they bring life to my yard and cheer me up.

Cool colors also make a place look smaller, while bright colors give the appearance that an area is larger than it is.

Here is something else and I wrote on this before.

Of the five sense, only our sense of smell is linked directly to the limbic lobe of our brain.

Our emotional control center.

Depression, anxiety, anger, happiness, joy and contentment all emanate from this region of the brain.

A particular scent or fragrance can bring back memories and emotions before we are even aware of them.

The scent of lilacs or perfume may bring back the thought of an old flame.

The smell of lavender may bring back memories of mom of grandma.

Nostalgic smells have a powerful mood altering effects on a person's state of mind.


Plantings can also benefit a neighborhood and community.

Less crime takes place.

(Deer just before dusk, visiting the feeding stations.)

Workers are proud of their place of employment.

There seem to be lower levels of fear.

And neighbor relationships improve.

All of this from landscaping or plants?

Why is God so smart?

Natural settings and even landscaped areas (streets with tree as well) have a calming effect.

Kids and adults are outside more.

You hear laughter and can almost feel the smiles in the air.

Landscapes bring on a sense of interaction and pride in an area.

Habitats invite birds, pollinators, and small critters.

Be sure to plant trees, shrubs, flowers and offer water.

Now your irritability and stress begin to pass and you are aware of your surroundings.

You see life everywhere.

You smell.................

You smile.................

Life is good............

Yes, plants offer much more than we really think about.

Because I'm a Naturalist and I work in the Green industry, I may be more aware of what is going on around me than most of you (By my own work and that of others).

Like me, you may have an understanding on the calming effects of gardens and nature ( I don't need all the professionals telling me what I already know).

If not, take some time...................

I mean really take some time to let this soak in.

Take a nature walk or go to a park if you must, but let the natural world be a healer to you.

All of this from something we often take for granted.

The "Great Physician" can heal in many ways.

Well, It's time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive quote for the week.

God Bless.

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”

Lord Byron

Read that again, it is a very powerful statement.

From the word of God.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love".

1 Corinthians 13:13

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,

We borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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