Spring Landscapes … Dig Into Spring
Home Ideas Magazine - June 2019
Spring Landscapes … Dig Into Spring
Once again, I’m sitting here staring out the window into the white abyss. Quite literally, the pile of snow outside of my office is on the edge of 15 feet tall. As of today, we are currently having one of the snowiest Februarys on record and seemingly the coldest. We’ve had close to 30 days or so of single digits and below zero temps. Officially I have had it with the snow, the cold and the lack of Vitamin D. I can’t even remember the last time I had a warm thought. The sun only tricks us, making it look so nice and cozy outside until the first slap of 5 degrees hits you in the face. The article theme is supposed to be on spring landscapes, I hardly think so.
Today, I stopped down at one of my favorite local coffee shops to get a nice warm Americano and search for some inspiration. Inspiration, hardly. I stepped in a slushy, salty freezing puddle from the latest round of sidewalk clearing and graciously slipped and fell while crossing the street. Luckily no cars were coming and I was able to get back to my feet without any trips to urgent care.
Ok I’m here and have made it inside with my humility intact, or so I thought. I was hoping that nobody saw my mishap, but one nice older fellow did politely ask if I was alright. Not so lucky after all. Finally, I have a great freshly made Americano at my side, as I wait for the light bulb moment. The moment that gives me the insight on what I am supposed to be so excited to tell you about for this upcoming spring landscape season.
I know it has been doom and gloom so far, but one thing I’m excited to tell you about is my favorite little prairie flower that is currently quietly asleep; hiding away during the last of these few cold weeks we have left of winter. My little Pasque flowers are snuggled up under their leaf blankets with no care in the world, just waiting for the snow to melt so they can wake up and let us know spring is finally here. Some people trust in fury little varmints from Pennsylvania, but my little prairie Pasques have yet to fail me. I will admit spring is one of my favorite seasons, due to the fact that I am a part of a team that shares my same passion about plants and what they provide us. The plants, for the most part, don’t care who is President or who might be up next on the political noise box. What they do care about are the simple things they need every day. They are so happy with the new sunshine a sunrise brings, the fresh dew on their leaves, and good moist soil around their feet.
As a garden designer, I will let you know that one of my passions is creating outdoor living spaces for people. These spaces allow them to interact and get in touch with nature at whatever level they so desire. One element that helps create the sense of being out in the wild is the use of plant material in, around and throughout a space, more specifically the native plants that we are so lucky to have throughout our wonderful South Dakota. We should be grateful that we get to have such a long and diverse season with the plants that actually like being here. There is something to be said for plants living, loving and surviving in South Dakota.
When planning or thinking about a new project on your property or at your business this spring, consider what long-term savings and a native perennial garden can provide in your outdoor world.
We specialize in outdoor living environments and have been landscaping in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas for over thirty years.