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Ricki's Notes

Spring Passion

Posted on February 02, 2015

On this early February morning, the fireplace keeps us toasty as snowflakes fall on the garden. But tucked under that blanket of snow is the promise of spring. The January ‘thaw’ gave us the gift of warmth to work on trimming garden trees and cleaning up the perennial border, so we actually have a jump on spring chores. Our plants are snug under their winter cover, but if you peek under you see the Marsala (2015 color of the year) eyes of peonies, lake water blue iris beginning to green up and the welcoming jewels of hellebore buds.

Evergreens to brighten the garden will arrive soon, along with ruffled leafy lettuce and sweet pansy faces to fill those bare garden urns. The shop holds a wonderful array of containers and urns this year. We’ve found rustic mossy terra cotta pots with saucers, a new lace enhanced stone pot perfect for lacy ferns (from our favorite potter, Richard Taylor) and trendy galvanized planters. Add elegance to the garden with large faux bois urns, a sweet boy with cup statue or a graceful girl with shell. An iron ‘Charleston’ baker’s rack is the perfect size for the patio and is big enough to hold serving trays and pots of flowers. A couple of new artists have designed whimsical old barn wood birdhouses and delightful bird tiles for the garden and the home. And this winter we found some great vintage items...old painted wood cabinets to hold treasures, colorful green and teal tin ‘lanterns’ and zinc English tea trays all add a touch of history to any room. Our bouquet of grandchildren still brighten the days. Maggie is nursing a degree in Arkansas, Emma flipped at the Riverwalk, and Will hooped up the court this winter. Jim has the tiger by the tail at LSU and rumor has it William was seen on the KU campus (don’t tell Grandpa). Kate sends a volley from Mississippi and Sage is burning rubber with a learner’s permit. March will be here soon, so join us in the garden, put some dirt under your nails and smell the fragrance of Spring.