Archive for March, 2012

IN THE FIELD: Golden Light

March 7, 2012 47 comments

I scouted a local greenhouse/garden center the other day for a location shoot. Since spring fever hasn’t hit my area yet, I knew there would not be a lot of stock available. And there would not be hoards of people clambering over each other to get the latest and greatest flowers for their gardens.

This gave me a chance to scope out the lay of the land…or rather, the greenhouse tables. Some winter holiday season indoor plants were still in stock, along with foliage plants, orchids, cactuses, cyclamens, pansies, primroses, and a few others I didn’t recognize. I had a tablet and pen with me, but did I write down what their names were? Of course not.

While I did get the spring color fix I was hoping to find, I was more attracted to the cactus display. There were hundreds of various sizes and varieties in different size pots and arrangements.

The early morning light coming through the windows cast a golden glow on a small portion of the cactus display, reminding me of a sunrise in the desert. The light made the spines appear soft to the touch, but we know that isn’t the case.

Deliveries of more flowers, herbs, cactuses, and exotic plants are arriving everyday and I can’t wait until the the greenhouses are overflowing with the colors of spring and summer. I’ll be filling some data cards for sure!


INSPIRATION: Spring Is Coming

March 5, 2012 44 comments

Where I live, we are starting to see more and more hints the spring season is right around the corner. Song birds are becoming more prevalent, mass migrations of geese are flying overhead towards their breeding grounds, letting us know the way…north north, north. The maple trees are starting to show their buds, and some are being tapped for syrup. I have even seen some folks wearing shorts since the temperatures are rising during the day into the low 50’s.

Snowdrops and crocuses are peeking out of the soil and are blooming. Daffodils are getting taller and should be ready to open in a week or two, and then the tulips will follow. It’s nice to see a little bit of color to break up the browns and grays of winter. Soon, the landscape will be freshened with new growth.