10 Tips On How Designing Stunning Floral Arrangements Can be an Exercise in Mindfulness, Playfulness, and Creativity

– Posted in: Garden Design
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If you think that buying fresh cut local flowers and creating stunning floral arrangements for your home is a luxury, think again. Research has shown that being in the presence of flowers increases your level of optimism and sense of security, helps to decrease stress, and can have a significant effect on your 'happiness' factor. [...]

Sweeten Your Writing with Metaphors

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
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One of the challenges of being a professional writer is to think metaphorically---to describe an item in terms of something else, so that readers make an association that clarifies, enlightens and perhaps also entertains.  Metaphorical thinking can be learned and is a great memory aid. Food metaphors often occur to me when describing plants. For example, matilija poppies, which have white, crepe-paper petals surrounding yellow centers, [...]