Pansies!

Now is a great time to visit The Garden for early spring and Easter flowers such as pansies, bulbs, shrubs and beautiful houseplants. And remember – if the temperature is expected to drop below freezing, bring your outside flowering plants into the garage and/or place a cotton sheet over your plants to protect them from freezing.

Blooming goin’ on!

It may be cold with ice and snow out site, but inside it is warm, colorful and fragrant here in the Greenhouse! Join us for some blooming plant “therapy.”

Orchids are IN!

We have a beautiful selection of blooming Orchids in our greenhouse!

Citrus is IN!

Come in for your choice lemon, lime and orange bushes and trees!

Skating Along

In seeing the frozen water in the bird baths this morning, I was transported back to when I was 7 years old. Across the street from our house, hidden just beyond the tree line, was a small pond. There was great excitement among my brothers and sister that first Christmas to find ice skates under the tree for each of us.

 

Our dad took us across to the pond when he deemed the ice thick enough to hold our weight. Four young kids on ice in our new skates for the first time! Dad was patient in teaching us balance, pushing off and using the toe pick to stop. With Dad’s permission, my oldest brother would shovel the snow off the ice so we could skate after a snowstorm.

 

Returning to the frozen water in the bird baths, I wonder what do the birds who stay north think of ice? I imagine cartoon-like images of them gliding across the icy bird baths!

 

Here at The Garden, it is a beehive of activity. Plantings are happening as I write, for the spring. Geraniums and Vinca Vine just to name a few. The Gift Shop/Fashion Boutique has packed away the holiday decorations to make room for new spring items.

 

Pssst – Stop into the Gift Shop during March for our Bring-Friend Discount Card for redemption in April!

Music in the Air

The other day I was walking from the greenhouse through the gift shop – on a mission to complete a task. I was stopped mid-step by the sound of a deep chorus of chimes. I was unsure of where the wind chimes were moved to in making room for the holiday items. As I looked around, a gentleman stepped out from around a display and shyly said, “that was me…I couldn’t resist touching the chimes.” We exchanged smiles of appreciation and understanding.

 

I say “appreciation and understanding” because I suspect he and I have a shared triggered response. When I hear a wind chime, it reminds me of someone very special who gave one to me a number of years ago. My wind chime has moved with me over the years and is currently hanging on my front porch. The person that gave it to me has since passed.  Yet with every breeze (gentle and otherwise) I hear the graceful tune that is distinct and brings me wonderful memories of the person who has brought so much love and joy into my life.

 

And with my wind chime, there is always music in the air!

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays – from our family to yours!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

Christmas Tree

Few times of year seem more magical than the Christmas season. I remember an especially magical Christmas morning when I was young. The family Christmas tree had been put up and decorated weeks prior. The scent of the pine tree lingered throughout the house. This particular Christmas morning we entered the living room to find a second Christmas tree had been set-up.  This tree was much smaller than the first and was placed on a table.  What made it so special is that it was decorated with the older delicate ornaments that my parents were keeping “safe” from the natural, yet often clumsy, curiosity of us younger kids. These ornaments had not been on display since my parents were married (and had yet to start our family of four children).

The glass ornaments were exquisite. The colors were vibrant. We could see through the glass…but not quite.  My oldest brother was beaming with pride as us younger kids ooh’d and aah’d at the sight of this tree. This was a magical moment for us all…including my parents who were also surprised at this unexpected addition to our decorations!

I still love to see glass ornaments that remind me of my childhood. My tradition is to add one ornament each year to hang and appreciate on the tree…with of course a beautiful angel on top!