What’s New In Gail’s Garden?

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Quan YinQuan Yin

When my Garden Angel comes over, you know something new is about to happen.

 The garden and all life  is always a work in progress.

I decided Quan Yin (The Goddess of Love and compassion)  needed a facelift. I chose red sun fuchsias (2)  which will grow to 10 feet tall, 2 small Mother Ferns (they’ll grow too) and 2 upright fuchsias “June Bride.” I think it will be beautiful when it grows a little. Don’t you?

To the left is the plum tree and on the right an avocado tree, symbols of prosperity and the abundance of nature (the Creator).

Lovely crystals hang from the screen around Quan Yin.

Below I was practicing a little with the picture. I like it.

Quan Yin (soft focus)

Sarah Vaugh Rose

Here is a  Sara Vaughn rose. It’s so beautiful and smells heavenly.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  ~Lao Tzu


Gail’s Serenity Garden

Joy and Peace in My Garden

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Do you know what my Garden Angel just said to me? “I have plans for our garden. I know what needs doing. The most important thing is to prepare the soil. But you go out and get all excited and buy plants by the carload and distract me from my plan.”

Okay, She’s a little bossy. But, Wow! She’s right. I do that. But I’m compelled and can’t stop. Well, let’s face it, I don’t want to stop.

Sunday I went over to Anderson’s La Costa Nursery. It’s always fun to go there and poke around. Of course, I can’t leave without buying just a few things. Anderson’s is really beautiful and has well cared for plants in interesting and well-designed settings and helpful people.

Sunday I went over and bought more red and orange flowers to fill in and highlight the purple (Whirlwind Blue and the silver plants I already have on one side of my back garden.  I bought: orange snapdragons, red Nemesia, orange Nemesia, Phlox hybrid “Intensia blueberry,” and a plant I’ve been lusting after for a long time named  Very Cranberry Cape Mallow.  I think it’s looking very beautiful and that’s what matters… Well –  my Garden Angel does have something to say about it. Luckily she usually gets into the spirit of it.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” –Thich Nhat Hanh


Some of What I’ve Learned So Far

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Before I begin, please take a look at the above website. I’ve revised it. What do you think?

Coco & Baby

Everything is spiritual because everything is Spirit expressing. We may not remember that, but it is true.

I did say I wouldn’t go on and on about my cat, but Coco is a big part of our life. She’s still a kitten and bites. She’s not biting me, but she’s still biting Bill.

The above picture is Coco with a stuffed toy horse that my Garden Angel brought over. For some reason she absolutely loves to play with this little horse.

After having cats most of my life I’m learning more about them. My Garden Angel told me about a TV show that I didn’t know existed. It’s on Animal Planet on Saturdays.

“The Cat From Hell” is a series. The star of the show is a startling sight at first. But, don’t judge a book by its cover. He is a really neat guy.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • Cats are either bush dwellers or tree dwellers. Tree dwellers like to have perches high up and place to look out on their territory. This helps them feel safe.
  • Don’t hold a cat cradled like a baby. It makes them feel vulnerable.
  • Hold a cat up against your chest with her paws unconfined.
  • When a cat’s tail starts twitching, put her down and leave her alone. She’s had enough.
  • If a cat rolls over on her back and exposes her tummy, she feels safe with you.

Back to Coco. She is recovering well from her surgery and is getting sweeter and sweeter. She is a pleasure and a joy.


Poor Kitty

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

Below  is a picture on the Ragdoll Website and underneath is our Coco. You see – I told you she is a Ragdoll, didn’t I?


An update for  cat lovers

To those who aren’t cat lovers, please check this Blog in a few days.

After the discovery that Coco was “in heat” and we had waited too long for spaying her:  Coco was spayed on Wednesday. It was pretty traumatic for all of us in the family including Coco. We picked her up on Wednesday afternoon. She seemed miserable and just wanted to sleep. I followed all the instructions to the letter. She was to be kept in a small room for two days. We were to keep her from running or jumping. Have you ever tried to keep a cat from jumping? There is no way!

Coco 6 weeks

Freedom at last! We allowed Coco to come out of the small room.

Coco has reverted to biting. She knows we took her to the vet and she is mad at us.

This too will pass.

What has all this to do with Blessings? Coco is another Blessing in my life.


Gail’s Peace & Serenity Garden

Gail Manishor RScP, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

My garden gives me so much pleasure that I want to share it with everyone. The reality of texture and fragrance is far prettier than the pictures. You can “double click” the pictures for a closer view.

From left to right are: Double Delight rose. various bedding flowers and wisteria bulbs and iris bulbs, the tall red rose is an Ingrid Bergman, Peace, Joey, Sterling Silver, First Prize, French Lace, more First Prize, another Double Delight.
Difficult to see in the pictures, but against the fence are pink jasmine and further down a pink Cecile Bruner miniature climbing rose that is really lovely.  I hope you enjoy.

Rose Garden

View of Rose Garden


My Birthday View

Our View

It’s been quite a while since my last Post. That’s because I had one of those “landmark” birthdays. Birthdays happen to everyone and I’m no exception. This one has been a very special one for me.

We’ve been on a wonderful vacation. My daughter and her husband, Connie and Rich took us to Mendocino (a very special place) and rented a beautiful house (The Violet Bea Cottage) overlooking the bay and ocean. Above is our view from the living room, the front deck and from our bedroom. What a great place! and What a wonderful time we had. There was one little problem though. I had trouble getting my internet hooked up. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

We went to the Botanical Garden – right on the ocean and that was spectacular.

Gail Manishor, author of

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


Coco - OH! No!

Houston, We Have a Problem

We had two wonderful angels  taking care of Coco while we were away in Mendocino – Aunt Kelly and Aunt DeeDee. We talked to both of them while we were away. They both said she was just fine. They kept a diary for me to read when we got home as to how Coco’s day went. It’s very cute and had drawings and everything on it.

We walked into the house and right away Bill said, “She’s changed!” She saw us and immediately fell on her side, rolled on her back and wanted us to rub her tummy and so we would pet her. But – She didn’t want to fetch the ball for Bill anymore. Bill was very disappointed. I sat down on the sofa and she came up and kissed me on the face. Very sweet, but not like her. She was so over the top affectionate.

I finally figured it out. Our cute little kitten is in HEAT!! Oh! Noooo! If you’ve never been around a cat in heat, you’re very lucky. I found out we have to wait till she is out of heat before we can spay her. We also found out that there’s only a 2 to 3 week amount of time before she goes back into heat. This is definitely not fun, guys… We are absolutely panicked that she might get out and get into “trouble.” You know how young people are these days.

I know we’ll get through this. It’s just a matter of time. Right. This is one of those adversities I talk about in my book.

Gail Manishor, RScP, Author of

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life