Thursday, October 11, 2012

THRILLERS, SPILLERS, & FILLERS



On Saturday my husband and I went to a Master Gardener’s conference. It was a fun and informative meeting! I was grateful to spend that time together and learn so much in the process.

In the container gardening workshop the little lady who taught it used a great three word way to remember how to make garden pots look great:

1st use a….


  • THRILLER (The focal, stand-out plant. It can be arranged centrally or towards the back or the side. Usually it’s an upright plant.)
  • SPILLERS (These are vining or creeping plants that are allowed to spill over the edge of the container.)
  • FILLERS (They are the pretty, contrasting yet complimenting plants that fill all the spaces in between the thrillers and spillers so that no bare ground shows. You want your container to look like it’s been in the container for months.)


photo credit: country road greenhouses


This three fold approach made me really think about how I lived my life, especially on a day to day basis. Do I make sure one, focal thing in my day—a bright spot that makes me happy and draws my attention to the things that matter most to me is present? And do I carefully plant spillers—activities that overflow into beautiful things for other’s lives? Then do I fill the remainder of the space in my days with actions that add contrast and compliment to what I want for my life and my family’s lives?

I am reminded of a similar analogy that was used by Stephen Covey: begin by filling a jar with big rocks, then pebbles, then sand then use water to fill the air spaces that nothing else can fit into.You will be surprised how much can fit into the space.

We can fit all sorts of good things into our lives if we try daily and consistently to work around the focal points that bring us true joy. Then fill in the spaces with good, purposeful things.

My goal for the month: Savor those big, bright spots of my life!

Happy Thursday, my friends!

15 comments:

  1. I think your metaphor works for writing, too. A good story needs some thrills, some spills and some fills, too!

    Wishing you a big, bright-spotted day!

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  2. Very interesting post, Jackie. I really connect with this analogy. And it also explains why my gardens don't look that great...

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  3. Awwww you have a lovely Thursday too lovely Jackee!! I hope your day is filled with gorgeous colours and fragrant blooms! Take care
    x

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  4. What a lovely analogy! I had several bright spots in my day so far and this post made me put them in context and savour that feeling.

    Jai

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  5. I've always loved that rock/pebbles/sand analogy - and this one works just as well. We do need to fill our lives with all kinds of levels. Not everything is going to be a thriller, but that doesn't make them less vital! :)

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  6. I thought you were about to make a writing analogy, but the life one is even better. :)

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  7. Great post Jackee!! As a long-time gardener, I can say your master gardener is spot on, though I've never heard of container gardening described in that way. I love it! And I will remember: thriller, spiller, and filler. And what a great analogy for living life.

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  8. Happy Thursday to you too! This is a wonderful post to ponder on. It's good to focus on the things that bring us joy.

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  9. Great analogy! I always love reading your posts, Jackee.

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  10. Have a greatl weekend, Jackee! May you have a wonderful thriller surrounded by beautiful spillers and covered with happy fillers! :)

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  11. Sounds like you two had a lovely time. You are so good with analogies. :)

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  12. A wonderful and inspiring post! Love the connection between your gardening class & life :)

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  13. Very, very cool! Sounds like it was a fun and inspiring class :) I once took a flower arrangement class and really enjoyed it.

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  14. Great post, Jackee - you're so inspirational! :)

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  15. A friend just emailed me something similar to the Steven Covey thing. I was planning to post it next week because it's so perfect!

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