Flowers continue to bloom and seed heads emerge despite the oppressive heat and humidity, undaunted and assured, compelled by its very nature despite the harsh environment.

We too are facing a world of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic as tensions run high, and emotions remain fragile as we attempt to navigate these tumultuous, unchartered waters.  Many of us, due to social distancing and “stay-at-home” orders, find ourselves feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and stressed.

Landscaped spaces (also known as green spaces) have proven to be good for our overall health, happiness, and intellect.  They can lift our spirits, ease our anxieties, aid in healing, decrease disease, and increase our cognitive functions.

It has long been known that access to green spaces, be it a public park, forest preserve, or your own yard, can reduce stress and improve overall mental health.  More recently, it has been discovered that green spaces can play a role in overall health by lowering the incidence of many prevalent diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.

Additionally, children have experienced increase memory and attention spans when being exposed to green spaces while reducing ADHD and hyperactivity.  This is true of adults too.  People concentrate better when being around plants, either at home or work.

Green spaces have the ability to decrease stress and boost the healing process.  Some physicians have even begun to prescribe “outdoor time” for their patients.

Nature, although powerful and mysterious, and at times reckless and unpredictable, extends a gentle, healing hand and comforting embrace that we should accept whole heartedly into our lives and yards.  Landscaped spaces, in a word, are good for our mind, body and soul.

Reach out to Sweeney’s today!  Let us help you develop and maintain your healing, healthful landscape.  After all, you deserve it!

Plant of the Week

Happy Ever Appster™ Red Hot Returns

Cherry-red ruffled blossoms with yellowish-green throats bloom mid-Summer through early-Fall amongst upright, green foliage.  Prefers full sun, and moist, well-drained soil.  Grows 24-36″ tall and 18-24″ wide.  Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”

– Terry Tempest Williams

Well wishes,

Kim Sweeney