Gardener’s Journal

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1 month ago
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"The day before April
Alone, alone,
I walked in the woods
And sat on a stone.

I sat on a broad stone
And sang to the birds.
The tune was God's making
But I made the words."

--Mary Carolyn Davies

Well-planted boulders add structure and beauty to a garden; they can also serve practical purposes as splash pads for water features, seats for contemplation, tables for eating, and natural playground equipment for climbing and exploration. Can we plant some rocks in your garden?

1 month ago
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. . . quickly fly the years.
One season following another,
laden with happiness and tears.
~ Sheldon Harnick and Lewis Bock Jerrold, from Fiddler on the Roof (musical)

Gratefully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& grateful daily "grace gift" recipient)

Sunrise and sunset over our back patio, grand reminders that I take time to still my racing soul and savor the grace and glory all around me.

1 month ago
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"A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.” ~ Greek proverb

Shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& grateful my "old man" realized this early)

James began planting trees on our property almost as soon as we moved into our home 22 years ago. Now, we are enjoying the rewards of his early action: a Dawn Redwood cathedral that towers above us, a Cryptomeria and Green Giant fencerow that provides shelter for a myriad of feathered friends, and a Pine grove where our grandchildren will soon be able to camp out (post-Covid!!). Healthy, well-maintained trees increase in value and beauty as they grow, adding grandeur and grace to any landscape.

1 month ago
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The garden is a perfect place where God's creativity and our creativity meet.
~ Bruxy Cavey, Canadian pastor and author

A garden is where the first humans experienced joy, responsibility and the rewards of meaningful work. They were not placed in a jungle, where everything is up to nature, or in a city, where everything reflects human creativity. Rather, they were given the privilege of tending a garden in partnership with God and nature, to bring forth beauty, life and joy. (Thoughts taken from Bruxy Cavey's sermon, January 17, 2021)

Shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& garden joy-taker)

1 month ago
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GARDEN VIEWS: Love the One You're With!

With children in far-flung locations across the continent, we have experienced beauty in a variety of topographies over the years: the arid, Pine-covered sierras and rocky coves of Southern California; the awe-inspiring mountains and glaciers near Anchorage, Alaska; the glorious Maple and Beech forests in full autumn finery in Ontario, Canada . . . .

Yet, each time we've returned to our garden in rural Central Pennsylvania we are refreshed by its equally distinctive delights. While not grand in scale or vista, here is an intimacy, a comfortable awareness of beautiful growing things--all within easy reach of eyes, ears, hands . . . . I am reminded that each space we visit or inhabit offers unique value and beauty. In this season when many other opportunities are on hold, with the energy and days God gives us James and I are determined to treasure, nurture, and share the garden that is ours.

Can we help you love YOUR garden? Our garden-care experts would be honored to restore beauty and value to your garden with regularly-scheduled TLC visits. Give us a call: 717-653-1273!

Gratefully shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& home garden "nurturer")

Stone-and-boulder seating wall and hand-shaped stone patio surround an outdoor breakfast nook, and provide attractive 'stay-cation' potential in the warmer months.

1 month ago
Goose Music


"I hope to leave [my children] good health, an education, and possibly even a competence. But what are they going to do with these things if there be no more deer in the hills . . . no more chattering of teal as darkness covers the marshes; no more whistling of swift wings when the morning star pales in the east? And when the dawn-wind stirs through the ancient cottonwoods, and the gray light steals down from the hills over the old river sliding softly past its wide brown sandbars--what if there be no more goose music?"
~ Aldo Leopold (American author, naturalist, conservationist; 1887-1948)

Good news! Geese still glide over Ginkgo in Central Pennsylvania garden; March, 2021.

1 month ago
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On the cold, sometimes dreary days when winter and spring seem to be playing an interminable game of hide and seek, how delightful to have the varied shades, textures, and shapes of evergreens to brighten the landscape! Here are a few of my favorites: glossy-leafed 'Edith Bogue' Magnolia, brightly- berried 'Satyr Hill' Holly, lush-needled Nordmann Fir, and the rare Sciadopitys verticillata (Umbrella Pine). Do you have a favorite evergreen that brightens your winter days? Let me know in the comments!

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& evergreen enthusiast!)

2 months ago
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A 2016 study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, confirms what we have been saying all along: surrounding yourself (and your home) with plants could help you live longer.

Researchers from Harvard and Brigham Women’s Hospital analyzed data from 108,630 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study from 2000 to 2008. Adjusting their models for mortality risk factors (age and socio-economic levels, for example), they found that women living in areas with the most greenery had 12% lower mortality rates, a 34% lower risk of respiratory-related death, and a 13% lower risk of cancer-related death than women surrounded by less vegetation.

'We were surprised to observe such strong associations between increased exposure to greenness and lower mortality rates,” stated Harvard research associate, Peter James.

The researchers concluded, "increasing vegetation may provide opportunities for physical activity, reduce harmful exposures, increase social engagement, improve mental health, mitigate the effects of climate change, and lower mortality rates." Their recommendation to plant more trees and shrubs is our joy!! For a greener, healthier future, CALL US TODAY (717-653-1273)!


Gracious plantings of Japanese Maples, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Boxwoods and other ground covers surround these Lancaster County homes with lush greenery that is refreshing, restful, and healthy!

2 months ago
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GARDEN VIEWS . . . All-Season Joy!

When designing your garden, be sure to incorporate elements that evoke beauty and interest in all seasons! For example, while the "splash-ter" of running water is refreshing and delightful on warm days, the same water feature (here, a Japanese-inspired tsukubai) demands attention when encased in ice!

Gladly shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& all-season beauty enthusiast)

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