“Life in the Landscape” Series

New Photo Series

TSG Potomac Library show Life in the LandscapeThis collection of photographs highlights beautiful & sometimes seldom seen moments of “Life in the Landscape” captured in our own Certified Wildlife Habitat and from local gardens and parks.

You can find framed pieces from this collection at Wild Bird Center, Gaithersburg located on Darnestown Road.

On Thursday, June 11th, this series will be on display at the Grand Opening of the Homewood Suites, Gaithersburg. Find details & R.S.V.P. here. I will be there to talk about my passion to use photographs to “bring people, plants and nature together.” Photos will also be available for purchase. Hope to see you there!

Many of these and similar images can be seen in my custom presentations that I deliver to garden clubs, home owner’s associations and various other organizations. To schedule a presentation for your group, please check out my new Speaking page where you will find a list of topics and references. As The Soulful Gardener, I know that every time we enter into nature, she greets us with wonderful and sometimes unexpected surprises. “Mother Nature never lets us down.”

Please share this post and The Soulful Gardener, website with your friends and family. What is better than a garden full of friends?

The Jewels of Summer have Arrived!

2015 first hummingbird 008Excited to share that our first Ruby-throated Hummingbird has arrived in our wildlife habitat (a.k.a. yard) here in the Washington D.C. metro area.

2015 first hummingbird 007 2015 first hummingbird 006Have you spotted them at your house, too? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Humming-Birding!

Nature’s Daily Gift

Each day, I take time to meditate in nature. That is where I find peace & inspiration. Today’s mantra was ” I behold the abundance that surrounds me.” I truly believe that we are all surrounded by blessings. Many of us, however, are not trained to notice them. We are so busy. So plugged in. Often believing that “busyness” is the same as productivity. But rushing around and multi-tasking can often distract us from the very miracles we are meant to discover. Revelations that only happen when we take a few moments to breathe consciously & observe the simple wonders that surround us.bird, common flicker 045 Nature never fails to reveal blessings, if you take the time to notice.

When I opened my eyes after mediation, this is what I saw. A pair of Yellow-Shafted Common Flickers who were snacking on ants in the path. The male is the one with the “mustache.” First attracted by the moving water in the pond, they seemed to have settled in nearby and came back for a bite to eat.

Nature always reveals pleasant surprises in our backyard habitat. I encourage you to take some time outside today to enjoy some slow, conscious breaths and see what you discover. Be sure to let me know below.

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Dishing the Dirt!

Garden Tea & Hat Party 6-9-13 042This Easter season, I was honored to be interviewed by Sharon Allen Gilder for a featured piece in our local paper, The Town Courier. I am thrilled to dish the dirt about my passion for gardening and nature. Nothing is more rewarding to me than to hear people say that they have been inspired to follow their own garden dreams by my work online or in person.

“I hope to encourage everyone to get outside, get dirty & grow,
inside and out.”

My hope is that this article will serve to bring more people together with plants & nature for health and well-being. To read the article, please go to: http://towncourier.com/heather-zindash-the-soulful-gardener/

If you are also inspired, please help me spread the word dirt!

Happy Gardening!

It’s time to hang your Hummingbird Feeders!

Hummingbird at Fountain 5-15-13 002Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
are almost here!

It’s been a long cold winter here in the Washington D.C. metro area. But, believe it or not, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are being spotted in nearby Virginia. To track their migration or better yet, to participate in a little citizen science, log your first sightings at:
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html.

Putting up feeders now is very important since it has not been warm enough in our hummingbird feeders up 4-2 011area for established nectar-giving perennials to bloom. The hummingbirds will need a readily available food source as they migrate north from South America.

I usually supplement my hummingbird feeders by hanging baskets of annual tubular flowers in the red family such as fuchsia or snapdragons, but it is too early to assume that our overnight freezing temperatures are completely a thing of the past. The best rule of thumb is to wait until Mother’s Day to plant annuals in our area in order to avoid spring frosts. If you are like me, waiting requires serious discipline, but you will be rewarded with healthy plants that do not require a daily study of weather maps so you can protect them on very cold nights or worse, replace them when you forget.

So, get out those feeders, make your nectar and hang them up! You may get your first visitor as early as this week.

Here is a sneak peek of what you will soon be enjoying at your feeders:

Learn more here: How to attract Hummingbirds to your Garden.

Happy Gardening!

Meditative Mourning Dove

Moving water attracts birds to your garden

Look who came by the pond today? It’s getting warmer outside and I do believe Spring weather is finally getting closer. We are always surprised to see just who visits our backyard pond. Today, it was a peaceful Mourning Dove who was just relaxing by the water’s edge.Mourning Dove in water feature, birds 002

Last year, a Mourning Dove took a bath in our water fountain. It floated on a lilypad and started to do what looked like calisthenics, slowly lifting one wing way up to the sky and then the other. Like a Mourning stretch.

To learn more, click “How to Attract Birds to your Garden

Happy Gardening!

The Art of Hanami

iPhone pics, Cherry BlossomsHanami is defined as the century old traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossoms, a.k.a: Sakura. Sakura, or cherry blossoms are a symbol of gentleness and kindness.

The traditional way to celebrate Sakura is to party outdoors under the blossom-laden trees, day or night.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a symbol of the friendship between the U.S. and Japan. This year’s peak week is estimated to take place from 4/11 through 4/14. Mark your calendars and take your family and friends downtown to celebrate the tradition of Hanami by partying under the cherry trees.

Happy Gardening!

 

Photos by Heather Zindash
Info Source: Wikipedia

First Frogs of 2015

First Frogs of Spring 2015 012The frogs have been peeking out of the First Frogs of Spring 2015 010water for a few weeks now. But today is 70 degrees and apparently warm enough for them to venture out and sun themselves. I counted 7 in and around the pond this afternoon. Look how different they look.

The weather has been quite unpredictable here in the Washington D.C. area. Winter just won’t let go of its tight grip. But nature is not phased. The fish are out and about, the bulbs continue to slowly emerge from the First Frogs of Spring 2015 018ground and the frogs are drying out from their water-logged winter slumber.

Have you noticed that the birds have changed their tune, too? I hear the American Robins ushering in Spring with a fresh new melody. Mating and nesting is sure to commence. Tip: Put the hair from your hairbrush out onto a bush or tree. The birds will collect it for nesting material. #reuse #repurpose

Which signs of Spring are you enjoying most?

Worried about your spring bulbs in the snow?

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Don’t! Snow actually acts as an insulating blanket, protecting plants from fluctuating temperatures. Once it melts, your buds will be just fine and ready for warmer days that will coax open their tender buds, displaying their bright, cheery faces.Buried Treasure - IB (1024x911)Spring Garden 009

Happy First Day of Spring!

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