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6 months ago
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It's all in the attitude, you see. You can toil and sweat and grit your teeth and subdue the earth. Or you can toil and sweat and keep your eyes open, your ears alert, your nostrils quivering, your hands ready to reach out and touch. You can work with senses alert for the experience. You can BE instead of DO. And then your work will take on a spirit of gratitude, of joy -- yes, of playfulness.
~Emily Barnes (from Time Began in a Garden)

(Alternately, you can let us be the ones to do the work and bring joy to your garden with our customized maintenance plans. Give us a call!)

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6 months ago
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GARDEN BLESSINGS: Serviceberry Pancakes

My father was recently reminiscing about our family's road trip across western Canada during my college years. He recalled the berries we picked in the woods surrounding our campsite the first evening of our adventure, and the berry-filled pancakes my mother mixed up for breakfast the next morning. Calling them Saskatoon berries, my dad described them to my husband, who, to my surprise, replied, "We have an eastern variety of those shrubs in our garden." James knew them as Serviceberries, often called Juneberries for their blueberry-like fruit that appears in early June.

A few days after that conversation, James mentioned that the Serviceberries were ready for picking, and that I should harvest them quickly before the birds ate them! That same evening, our youngest daughter and I picked a quart of the luscious purple berries in about 10 minutes (and, I think, ate almost as much!). What a treat to enjoy fresh, delicious berry pancakes the next morning, just as I had in that woodland campsite half a lifetime ago! And what a lovely surprise to discover I can repeat this experience every June if I want, because our three Serviceberry (amelanchier) plants are now bearing fruit and sharing their abundance with us!

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (and the grateful recipient of daily garden blessings!)

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6 months ago
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"Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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7 months ago
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"It's beautiful, the Summer month of June
When all of God's own wildflowers are in bloom;
And sun shines brightly most part of the day
And butterflies o'er lush green meadows play.

Light hearted skylark, songster of the wing,
High o'er the quiet and lonely moorland sing;
Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath,
Her charming song so exquisitely sweet.

So mellow the gentle breath of June day breeze!
The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees,
And dappled trout in pool bed of the stream
Bask in the sun, their spotted skins agleam."
- Francis Duggan, "June"

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7 months ago
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Let me introduce you . . . .

One of my garden favorites is Pennsylvania's state flower, the Mountain Laurel (kalmia latifolia). Each year in June, I wait for the eye-popping display of tiny pink and burgundy blooms to appear. This year, with the abundant spring rains and recent sunshine, their display appears more glorious than ever! Looking like tiny Victorian parasols, the flowers add vibrant beauty and interest to our garden in late spring. And because they are evergreen, these shrubs add color to the winter landscape, too!

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife

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7 months ago
Every Season Can Be Swimming Pool Season!

EVERY SEASON CAN BE SWIMMING POOL SEASON!

Although a Hanselman Landscape-designed pool is a delight to swim in during the warm-weather months, it is our passion to create pools that will bring joy, beauty and tranquility into your lives every season of the year!

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7 months ago
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A RETURN TO PARADISE (Part 5)
Address Water Issues

Erosion from water runoff and drought can be linked to poor planning and development, according to James Hanselman, garden designer at Hanselman Landscape. If you have areas in your yard where water pools, it may be necessary to regrade the property, incorporate drainage systems, or add raised pathways, and, in some cases, all of the above.

Clients in Lancaster “wanted to be able to walk around the back of their house but could not seem to get grass to grow in that shady, wet spot,” Hanselman says. “As a result, their walkway was a muddy mess most of the year. We reshaped the earth, installed a hidden drainage system that carries the water downhill and made stepping stones that would raise walkers well above grade. We also selected plants that do well in moist, shady locations.”
(The results are shown below.)

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife

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7 months ago
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IN LIVING MEMORY

Several days after my beautiful, lively mother stepped into eternity, my husband hung several bird feeders outside our kitchen window: " . . . to bring you joy and remind you of her," he smiled when he came inside. How perceptive his gift! In the almost-18 years that have flown by since her death, I have delighted in the daily menagerie that flutters around the feeder-laden Pines within easy view of my kitchen workspace.

And each year, as our garden grows to provide more shelter, I am the excited observer of new varieties of feathered visitors joining the regulars at the fly-in diner. In recent weeks, we have enjoyed visits from Brown Thrashers, a Rufous-sided Towhee couple, a teeny Brown Creeper, Eastern Phoebes, a Cedar Waxwing and, most unexpectedly, a Baltimore Oriole! The vivacious activity outside my window is a daily reminder--a living memorial--of my lovely, joyous mother.

Perhaps you are grieving the loss of someone dear to your heart. May I encourage you to establish a "live" memorial in their honor--a bird feeder or two, a patch of wildflowers, a graceful tree, a flowering evergreen shrub--close by, so that each day you can enjoy vibrant beauty "in living memory" of your precious loved one?

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
(Gardener's wife and joyful bird watcher)

With gratitude for my mother, Miriam Keener Buhr
(January 13, 1926 ~ October 6, 1999), and mother-in-law, Winifred "Joy" Hayman Hanselman (July 3, 1922 ~ December 10, 1999).

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8 months ago
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One of the wonderful things about gardening is the way it leads people who often don't think of themselves as artistic into creative activity.
~ Noel Kingsbury (British garden writer, researcher, and educator)

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8 months ago
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These are the things I prize
And hold of dearest worth:
Light of the sapphire skies,
Peace of the silent hills,
Shelter of the forest, comfort of the grass,
Music of birds, murmur of little rills,
Shadows of clouds that swiftly pass,
And, after showers,
The smell of flowers
And of the good brown earth--
And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.
~Henry Van Dyke

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