“Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.” — William Law
Let’s face it, being intent on the now of our lives has been tough this year. In the early spring of 2020, we were all focused on getting to the promise of summer and the hope that the pandemic might disappear. As summer turned to fall, it was clear that an easy solution would not be at hand. The holidays were a good distraction even if they looked different. And, now, we are in winter’s grip; the light is grey and the prospect of a cozy firepit dinner keeps dropping with the temperatures. But there is still so much to discover, especially in the garden. We’ve got some very interesting ideas. Read on.
We long to bring the sights and smells of flowers indoors. An often overlooked option is the hardy succulent. I usually see them nestled in the grocery store flower section. Once I started following @fairyblooms I realized their value. Succulents are low maintenance and add texture to any tablescape. I saw several mini succelents yesterday; I plan to head back and pick up a couple to plant in unused Jefferson cups.
Style the patio. Don’t wait for spring. Go to your locally owned nursery and find flower pots and statuary that complement your current decor. You will enjoy looking outside and seeing the transformation.
We are big #instalovers! Stephanie Felter (@Realtor_Steph_f) posts daily about her travels and real estate happenings. Instagram is definitely the place to find tips for your home and garden. We have lots of favorites, but if you are looking for ideas on maintaining (and loving) a winter garden, there are three that standout. The succulent love noted above was nurtured by @fairyblooms; the posts are colorful and the tiny arrangements will make you want one of your own. Are you ready to travel? Go to France with @sharonsantoni! She encourages French gardening and cooking during this season. Our favorite is @jamestfarmer; his #farmdalefridays weekly series is inspiring and entertaining with a twist of southern style.
While spring, summer and fall seem to get all the glory, winter still gets its due wth two major home design and garden influencers. Martha Stewart, who made her name as a on-camera gardener, authored a book on each season. Her winter section is a great guide for pruning and planting and relishing the bareness of branches. Virginia native Charlottes Moss has a winter home in Aspen; most of her entertaining there is apres ski on her snowfilled deck. We have decks and snow and hot toddys right here in the Shenandoah Valley. No travel needed.
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