Zen Pleasures Of Spring In Northern California

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This time of the year one of my greatest zen pleasures is to watch things come alive, both in my garden, and in the National Parks that can be reached within a few hours. The first three photos are from some of my favorite places in northern California, that I visited this past week. (My German Shepherd Gretchen says hi.) The last three photos are from my garden this morning.


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I like the routine that a garden encourage me to keep on an everyday basis. I love stepping outside in the morning, smelling the fresh air before the heat of the day. It’s a true pleasure to discover what happened in the garden over night.


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Motivation is what gets you started.

Habit is what keeps you going.

– Jim Rohn



Yesterday the very first flower on my pomegranate tree blessed us with her presence.



This morning my young tomato plants thanked me for their new bigger pots, and rich compost that they received a couple days ago.


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My garden space is a little limited, it encourages me to constantly explore viable options for a productive garden. I currently have both fruit trees, and vegetables in large containers. Some were given to me, and they are of different shapes and colors, but the majority of them are smart pots. I like smart pots. It makes the watering process easy. There’s never any water staying too long, causing damage to the roots.

Earlier this week I bought 20 bare root peach trees, that I planted in smart pots. I definitely don’t have room to plant 20 fruit trees anywhere. At least not now, but using containers allows me to have almost all the trees my heart desires. I see it as an investment for the future. I bought them of craigslist at a very good price. They will flourish under my care, and produce fruit for our family, and other families within a few years.

I really enjoy producing the majority of the fruit and vegetables that my family eats (which is a lot.) Its a work in progress. I like knowing that our food is all organic, without any toxic waste lingering. Having a garden helps us eat healthy in an affordable way. Food is expensive in California, very expensive. Or should I say, nutritious, healthy food is expensive. I believe that we are what we eat, mentally, and physically. Cutting down costs by lowering the quality is not an option. Luckily our climate is perfect for growing our own food! We had a colder spring than usual, and my garden is just getting started. It’s an exciting process. Ooo, I forgot to mention that having a garden is an important part of the program that allows me to only work three days/week.


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Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. Above everything else is my daughter. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

6 thoughts on “Zen Pleasures Of Spring In Northern California

  1. Beautiful pictures… I have a German Shepherd too. We call her Alex. Love the BW picture of Gretchen’s. I love gardening too but I get very less time for it like once a week or twice çuz of my job timings. Keep it up, your garden looks beautiful 🙂
    See you

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  2. Ooooh, how wonderful! I love mango! I would love to have some mango trees. In fact I tried to grow them in big containers, I don’t own any land (yet). Unfortunately they don’t do very well in containers. It’s something I would love to grow in the future. Both my daughter and I LOVE mango. Banana trees would be awesome as well!

    I have different kind of heirloom tomatoes, squash, zucchini, a variety of kitchen herbs, peas, watermelon, three different kinds of peach trees, pomegranate, fig trees, cherry, and apple in my garden.


  3. I love the smell of the air at this time of year. And watching all the plants come alive fills me with joy.


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