Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring is just around the corner!

So here we are, almost at the end of a very long and cold February. If you are anything like me, you can’t wait for the warmer weather to get here, and see the first signs of spring. Unfortunately, we all know it will still be a while before that happens. So, if you have the cold wintery blues, why not celebrate spring a bit earlier. Why wait for Mother Nature to sprout from the outdoors, when we can have a little bit of her right now. Yes I am talking about spring bulbs! Those wonderful tulips, happy daffodils, wonderfully scented hyacinths, not to forget the shy little crocus or grape hyacinth. They are all out there for us to give and receive. I am sure that having a pot of wonderfully happy spring bulbs will make us all feel a bit warmer and happier inside.

     There are many types of bulb plants you can choose at this time of year. We carry many varieties here at Edgewood, and if you can’t find it, we can always order it in for you. If you can’t decide what type you would like, then how about a spring bulb planter? This is a mixture of bulb plants done up nicely in either a ceramic container, or basket.

   Bulb plants are easy to care for, just give them a bit of water (no need to drown them!)You can always check the soil, if it feels dry to the touch, add a bit of water.  If you want them to open up quickly, place them in a very bright and warm location in your home. If you want them to last as long as possible, then place in a cooler location, and in a bit less of a sunny spot (they still need light though).

     The strongest scented bulb would be the paper whites. Hyacinths last the longest, and are also quite scented.  The most popular bulb, (world wide), are the daffodils (I know I thought it was the tulip as well). But tulips are the most diverse when it comes to color choices of bulb plants. No matter which way you look at it, they are all beautiful. It is, however, unfortunate that bulb plants do not last as long as we would like, but they certainly shout out spring time to me.

    So forget the cold, the windchill, the snow... and think about spring! Get yourself some of nature’s finest smiles, the awesomely happy spring bulbs!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's - A Day of Love

    I have spent hours looking at love quotes on the internet, trying to find one to share on this blog. I realize that there are just too many to find only one. I never thought there would be so many different ways to say I love you. Seems like it would be a simple thing right? Well it isn’t as easy as all that. There are funny ones, really mushy ones, thoughtful, enlightening, sad, some that are geared to family, children.. and the list goes on and on. 
     So on this Valentine’s day, how do you tell that someone special in your life how you feel? Well, you could spend hours, as I did, finding the right words to express them, or (and I think this is the way to go), simply try and say it in your own way.  Trust me, even if the words are fumbled and misconstrued, or it’s long winded and corny, it will have come from you. Your heart, your feelings, which means more to that someone than anything you find on line or in a hallmark card.
    Of course you also have those that would like also to express their love with buying that perfect gift (along with that wonderful card you wrote). There are many choices out there for you, jewelry, chocolates, my personal favorite – flowers, a night on the town, dinning out, or a spa treatment. The list goes on and on. So again, you have decisions to make don’t you? Well, each person has their own likes and preferences, so that is something you need to figure out on your own.
     If you want my advise (well even if you don’t) here is what I think is a perfect Valentine ’s Day from my honey. The day should start with a surprise breakfast in bed served on a tray with a single rose (very romantic), the other 11 roses should be in a vase in the living room with rose petals around it, so as you come down stairs, again more surprises (and I do like flowers). Then the day should be spent doing something together. Depending on the weather, a nice walk in the woods, or mountain with my honey (and the dog) is always nice.  Then maybe a cozy diner, someplace with a fireplace would be good. Or at home, by the fireplace is ok too, as long as it has ambiance, quiet music, candle light.. you get the idea. The rest of the evening, well, it is Valentine’s But it doesn’t matter what you do, where you go, as long as you spend it with the one you love, because that is what Valentine ’s Day is all about, being with the one you love!
   So Happy Valentine ’s Day to all our hopeless romantics out there (like me). I hope you enjoy your day with your loved one!