Flowers in the snow

The Farmer’s Almanac didn’t lie when they said this winter would be exceptionally harsh.  Sleet, ice, and finally snow this weekend.  But in the midst of the cold wind and rain there is something growing.  Something getting ready to bloom.  And once the bulbs start poking their fat green buds up out of the snowy cold ground, I know before I’m ready it will be time to prep the garden. 

So on Tuesday after a glazing of ice, I ventured out to attend a pre-event for the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show that will be happening later this month.  Cars full of Arkansas Women Bloggers arrived at a lovely house with wonderful food and a nice warm fire. 

Our hosts for the evening were Clark and Henrik owners of Colonial Wine and Spirits and as they wined and dined us the great folks from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show gave us a taste of what we might see that weekend and how their main focus is on education.

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I know for myself I always feel like I’m bumbling along with my gardening.  That I’ve just by the grace of God inherited a tint of my dad’s deep green thumb.  I’m always longing to learn more and for it all to really sink in and that I know what to do without having to give it much thought.

The sunny faces of jonquils and daffodils will be bobbing with the breeze in my yard soon.  Bulbs that have lived there for years long before we arrived on the hill.  There are a few red tulips that pop up along with the sweet smelling hyacinths.  Dad always took immense pride in his bulbs.  Carefully digging them back up every year and storing them on a shelf in the garage.  We would pour over the catalogs from Holland planning what we wanted for the next year.  I think I’d like to add more tulips to the yard.  Crocuses and grape hyacinths too.

Along with a wonderful evening we went home with some great goodies.  Among the loot were tickets to the Flower and Garden Show February 21-23.  I have 4 tickets to give away.  I don’t do too many giveaways but we’ll see how this goes.  Two names will be selected and each receive 2 tickets.  Please comment below and tell me what your plans are for your garden this year.

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