Archives for February 2014

Craving Color

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It’s been a long winter.

When you live in the woods, you get used to subtlety. You learn to appreciate delicate shades of blue, and the muted yellows and pinks of wildflowers. You’re amazed at the nuances of white in blooms of trillium and fothergilla and sweetbay magnolia. You love the giant oak trees and the dark, humusy soil, and the way the light filters through the canopy at different times of the day.

But wait!  You’re forgetting about the vivid colors of red buckeye and native columbine, and the bright blue of the ajuga, and the fuschia camellias, not to mention the wonderfully-fragrant, lemon-colored witchhazels. And that’s just Spring. What were you thinking?

Color in a shade garden

Still, there are February days when the garden looks woefully brown. You fantasize about farmer’s markets, cut flower farms, and daylily nurseries — all that bright-hued goodness a gardener takes for granted in warmer months. It would be hard to incorporate all those colors in a garden.You know that. But, today, you’re dreaming…. just waiting for Spring.

Palmetto Valentine, Crafted by the River

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On a snowy Valentine’s week, I’m remembering some sweet bouquets, made by a young man working in a park beside the Cooper River in Charleston. He’s using leaves from the palmetto palm (Sabal palmetto), South Carolina’s state tree. Along the coast, it’s a tradition in some families for children to learn this craft at an early age. Here’s an article and video about one *budding* business, along with directions on how to make your own palmetto rose (in case it’s a skill you’d like to add to your repertory).

February Morning. My Version of Groundhog Day.

First appearance. My version of Groundhog Day.

Emerging from the crevices. Spring coming soon?