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Thoughts from the Cottage…

Countdown Begins!

January 2016

Only 54 days until spring! That's right, less than  2 months for winter to reign and then it's all sunshine and light, so I can hope and dream! Just when we need it most, horticultural societies across the country provide us with a breath of spring…time for the flower and garden shows! So exciting to see that the new gardening season is about to begin, with new plants to try and wonderful new gadgets to make our gardening chores a pleasure. Those wonderful events where designers create entire gardens indoors (wouldn’t you just love to take one home) and we get to whiff the scent of earth and flowers. So grab a friend and make a day of it.  

Keeping busy until spring with DIY…

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....Love Michigan!

…taking time  to  play in the snow!

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…where are the raspberries?

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…enjoying the garden in winter…

Nature has many scenes to exhibit, and constantly draws a curtain over this part or that. She is constantly repainting the landscape and all surfaces, dressing up some scene for our entertainment. Lately we had a leafy wilderness; now bare twigs begin to prevail, and soon she will surprise us with a mantle of snow. Some green she thinks so good for our eyes that, like blue, she never banishes it entirely from our eyes, but has created evergreens. ~Henry David Thoreau, Nov. 8, 1858

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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

- May Sarton