In a cocoon of soft knits, fleece, cozy slippers, and generous soft lighting, it is easy to dream about spring. We are in January and still have quite a few, long months left. We are given the gift of Winter. For most of us who live where winter holds on a little too long, it forces us to slow down, and savor down time.
The sun is still setting beyond the trees a bit too soon for my taste. Snow sneaks in after midnight even though it isn’t supposed to. I enjoy visiting the local floral and gift shops in town. The scent of flowers is intoxicating and the wax melt pot can certainly transport your senses to another season. Here is my new favorite. I happened upon this while shopping. It truly smells like a garden with it’s highly fragrant floral scent.
Another place to look for spring inspiration is in vintage illustration. Winter is the perfect time to restore and create new botanical illustrations. I have added a Free Graphics tab at the top of the page. Once you click on the page, you can download the images I have shared. Use them for your own projects or art.
Here is one of my favorites. I believe it is from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. The Calandrinia is a beautiful flower for rock gardens. I thought this specific one would look gorgeous on invitations, cards, botanical paper, and as a piece of framed art. Right click on the image to save to your device or visit the Free Graphics page.
I hope you are wrapped up cozy and dreaming of Spring!
What is to love about the cold and gray sky or a sun that is in endless hibernation. The trees moan as the wind envelopes their trunks depositing snow into all the nooks and crannies of their protective bark. The skeletons in the garden sway back and forth as a reminder of the lush color it once held.
These are the days where the story begins and the magic blooms. It is necessary, the winter rest. We are afforded the time to ease into our comfy place, snuggle under a soft blanket, and plan for spring. The landscape gets to live again in our imagination. We sow the garden with new seeds and flowers that magically raise from the once frozen soil, awakened by the sun.
Embrace this time to plot. Soon spring will be here and the work begins. I am planning a healing garden (a first aid garden). There are so many wild and garden herbs that are ideal to infuse into a beeswax salve, transform into a tea, or oil. There is nothing like local thyme infused honey. They can also star as a line drawing in your favorite sketch book.
I will share more on my plans for the first aid garden. There is so much to explore and learn, art and medicine 🙂 Click on the link below to get started on plotting your own garden. Imagine big!
The perennials have decided to show their beautiful blooms this weekend. The perennials are the backbone of my gardens because of the zone. I need hardy plants that withstand subzero temps in the winter. Planting roses on top of the septic tank was suggested by several when I moved here, my sideways look of ‘what’ has turned into ‘it works’.
Soon, it should be safe to plant the annuals, but I plant minimal. I try to find unique perennial bloomers to add to my existing garden of Shasta Daisies, Ornamental Grass, Butterfly Bush, Lilly, Herbs, Echinacea, Hydrangea, Black Eyed Susan, Phlox, Hibiscus, Iris, Missouri Primrose, and roses. It’s a nice blend of color that I can count on year after year.
I was gifted a bird house over a year ago for Christmas, I rearranged the front garden this year, and finally picked a spot, putting the posthole digger to work. My next purchase will be a clematis vine. It has full sun, but enough shade from the other plantings to keep the feet cool.
Here are a few more shots of plants and blooms that made their debut.
There is nothing like spending time at home. Spring cleaning was on the agenda this weekend. It becomes an inspiring environment when everything is sparkling clean. Just a few shots around home. Now I need to get outside and finish up those gardens. Living in the woods has it challenges. Here are a few shots around home.
I am still mulching my gardens in an attempt to freshen up the look. Pulling weeds, prepping the ground, and shoveling mulch…lots and lots of mulch. Cultivating provides a sense of contentment. There is definitely a feeling of satisfaction when you stand back and take in your work, especially when you power through an invasion of black flies. As I shoveled, I thought about cultivating more areas of my life: relationships, finances, work, writing, and art. There are many I need to freshen up. To take it to the next level, to really be satisfied with my journey. There will always be bumps and bruises along the way, but we are so lucky to wake up each and every day. You never know what might boom next. Here is what is blooming in my yard. Still waiting for those lilacs to open. I cannot wait to breathe in the heavenly scent of divine happiness!