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Staying inspired through creative Gardening

I always used to be intimidated by gardening. The thought of developing any skills of creative gardening was chased away by proof that I had a hard time keeping plants alive.

But then something changed. 

I stopped telling myself that I didn't have a green thumb, and started telling myself there was no such thing as a green thumb.

Everything has a season. Everything has its place in life. 

How I stay inspired to be creative through gardening (and a free high res, spring inspired photo for download!)

When I was little, my family never referred to gardening as gardening. We called it yard work. It was so  hot and humid in Florida, and I never got to plant pretty things. I was mainly put on weed duty. 

You know, a girl can only take so many bugs crawling through her fingers while she picks at pesky weeds before she throws the gloves off and begs her parents to go back in to the air conditioning. 

It wasn't until I started paying attention to Ecclesiastes, and then later, dove into Voltaire's Candide, that the idea of cultivating, of gardening, of life and seasons and experience began to show me that the act of digging in the dirt and merely trying to love and tend to living things was green thumb enough.

Creative Gardening: Feeling inspired to create with nature

Creative gardening, for me, is not about diy garden art or succulents in bird cages (although those things can be fun too).

Creative gardening is looking at every growing season as a learning experience for me in creativity. 

From pouring over my seed catalogs and mapping out my vegetable garden, to devoting sections of my garden beds to the glorious color of pink, I'm stretching my mind and challenging myself to not only design, but to cultivate. 

The result is the celebration of God's gift to witness beauty from dust, and the ability to create art just by taking care of it, or photographing it, or sharing it with loved ones. 

Heirloom Organic Seeds - a glimpse at my spring vegetable garden

So in honor of the anticipation of spring, I'm providing a little free gift today to help inspire your own creativity: a high resolution stock photo. These flowers hail from a new little flower stand , French Market Flowers, at the Krog Street Market in Atlanta.

The following image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

(download here)

This image is free for you to crop, alter, and use for non-commercial use (like blog posts or headers, or blog buttons), as long as you give credit to me, Christina Conrad (www.christinaelyse.com), somewhere on your website.  Please do not sell this photograph or use it on materials you plan to sell. 

// Questions

  • Do you find gardening to be a creative endeavor?
  • Have you ever been surprised by a hobby or activity that inspired you creatively?