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Anticipation in the Garden

I have a love/hate relationship with the month of February. Well, I mostly love it, but I feel suspended in a bubble of anticipation, searching for signs of Spring and waiting to breathe the sweet blossoms of a new season.

When I have that suspended feeling, what else is there to do but visit my local garden nursery. This picture is of a barn at McAuliffe’s Nursery in Snohomish, WA. The clouds were so beautiful the day I went, and armed with the newly discovered Hipstamatic App on my iPhone, I snapped a photo of this barn with the puffy, white clouds.

The kids had the day off from school that day, and they thoroughly enjoyed the adventure with me. Here is a photo of them inside one of the little pottery sheds.

These teeny shots of inspiration are just what a simple girl needs to chug along until Spring. That little shed, with the oriental rugs and exposed ceiling, were like fresh air to me.

We meandered around the brick pathways in search of more. After the pottery shed, we found ourselves in a flat of trees with buds holding all of their promise.

Next, we saw plants blushing with the secrets of bloom, so we decided to take one home, a flowering Quince with an Orchid-like posture, curling up toward the sky with branches like the arms of a ballerina.

The ballerina is currently planted in the flowerbed with about six inches of snow on her delicate petals. I’m sure she will dazzle again in a few weeks.

If you are having trouble pushing through the last weeks of Winter, visit a nursery and take something home. It might just be the thing you need to burst the bubble of anticipation and breathe anew!

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