Happy New Years from all of us at Gilson Gardens! As I sit here in my office with the snow falling down and the wind blowing I just keep thinking to myself….spring is coming….2015 is coming and you know what…it is! Tonight we all celebrate a brand new year…we will make resolutions we won’t keep, we’ll probably drink too much, not feel too good in the morning BUT…at the end of the day….2015 will be here and that is exciting!
We have a brand new set of 365 days to enjoy! Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter! We have new plants to put into the earth, gardens to renovate or just prep for the coming of spring. I know most of us can’t get out there right now but it will be here before you know it so start planning what you would like to do with your outdoor spaces. Maybe this is the year you put in a small pond, or add to your patio, start container gardening….whatever you dream up you can make happen!
Do you know that ANY time you spend outside, doing ANYTHING with nature, you extend your life? It’s true….add some years to your life and get outside in 2015!
As for us here at Gilson Gardens, we’re busy planning our year. What plants to raise, how many of them, should we start with smaller liners to cut our costs but extend our growing season? We’re constantly re-inventing ourselves to be sure we stay relevant! It’s a tricky process getting our plants ready for when customers want them and then of course we have to deal with mother nature who we all know can be temperamental! (or just mental!) I’m not sure which!
So my wish for you all is that you have a wonderful new year…spend those 365 days wisely because they go fast…don’t waste too many of them! Be safe, stay healthy and keep planting!
Happy New Year!!!
I was speaking to one of our sales reps today and he and I got on a rant about weight gain and the holidays and cookies and jeans not fitting……and it brings me to this. How in the &)^%$^& are we to stay fit when the garden is dark at 5pm or sooner! You can’t rush home this time of year and plant, or weed, or mow or for that matter….anything outside! When it does start snowing and you know it will the news will be full of the “dangers” of shoveling the driveway! Honestly…..with 11 more days till the days begin to get longer, what are we supposed to do with ourselves!?
Get to the gym! Get on your treadmill! Go for a walk (albeit with a flashlight!) Walk up and down your stairs! Go to the mall! Go to the Library! (great seed catalogs!) My point is do something! All summer long we go every night until the sun starts to fade, being outside, doing whatever it is we love and we all know we’re not just lying around in the hammock! So why, in the winter do we rush home to sit on the couch and start our primetime at 6pm?
STOP! Get yourself moving now and believe you me we will all feel better for it when spring gets here and we can still see and touch our toes! Fight the darkness! I promise you, it will head off depression, keep you more focused and thinner! (or at the very least, less fatter!) Keep dinners light and easy (you know we can all survive on a salad in the summer!) Let me know what you do to stay busy in the winter! Maybe we can all make a plan for a fitter winter!
The other day I enjoyed listening to a webinar on the value of plants in our lives. The experts are working hard on putting a dollar figure to this value…my thoughts is it will be a while before it’s determined.
Plants add value to our homes. A well-landscaped yard will put more dollars in your pocket when it’s time to sell. This has been proven! Never mind the value if you’re not planning to sell but you have to admit that it’s a whole lot nicer hanging out somewhere where they’ve taken the time to add some color and plantings. Think about it, would you prefer to hang in the backyard with your friends surrounded by concrete and wood or flower beds and decks.
Cities are now working on adding green areas to roofs. Green and blue! Gardens, prairies, etc. When it rains, rooftop gardens catch and absorb storm water run-off or at least slows it down. This keeps rain water out of the gutters and hopefully out of the system that will overflow and end up messing with the city drainage! This saves money!
Green roofs and now living walls are being planted to save energy costs. A planted building will keep buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter! Again…saving money!
Hospitals all over the world are using gardens to enhance patient well-being. How? It’s been proven that if patients are exposed to gardens, the recovery time is significantly reduced. Wellness centers worldwide are adding herb gardens, flower gardens and water features which in turn the patients and staff are benefiting. Shorter recovery, healthier staff…all equal savings!
So….although there are many more reasons to get a “little green” in your life, we will all save some green in the process! So get planting and do your part to help the economy recover! Consider planting a vegetable garden if nothing else!
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