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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snow Globes Then Spring


A real snow globe - nothing fake
Do you love snow globes, those transparent round spheres that just like magic, one quick shake and it's a winter wonderland? Snow globes have always been a bit mesmerizing but this recent #blizzardof2015, at least for those of us folks living in Massachusetts, well, we were living the real thing. But rather than showing images of snow piles reaching higher than 8 feet, let’s take a glimpse past snow globes and snow piles and take a peek at spring. Here are a few of my favorite ‘firsts’ of that magical season. 

And if you need a real touch of spring in winter, check out your local botanical garden for some wonderful winter experiences that simulate the spring. For those that live in Central Massachusetts/Worcester County, where the snow counts were monumental, check out Tower Hill. It’s one of the best kept secrets in this area, especially in the dead of winter. Take a peek at the website and watch spring unfold before your eyes. And for those that missed out on the beauty of yesterday, Susan Orlean sums it up best. “A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder.” But most of us prefer the spring!
Most of us prefer the spring. And don't forget to think DESIGN in the dead of winter!

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If you like this blog, check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.)

Friday, January 23, 2015

#Repurpose

'When all else fails to astound you, find your beauty indoors." ~ Bilowz Associates Inc.
There’s a repurpose for everything, including yesterday’s image posted on Twitter and our Facebook page. Speaking of finding a new purpose for all things, our compost bins are at a 'winter overload'. A January thaw may be wishful thinking (only a week + and counting until Groundhog Day) so here’s hoping coffee grinds, peels and egg shells can squeak in to what little space is left for a few more winter weeks. One upside has been no paths to shovel to get to the bins. The weekend weather forecast tells me – beware – that’s soon to change.

And if you aren’t paying attention to what trended most on Twitter Thursday, FYI – the seesaw of opinions, newsfeed and string of insults were off the dial about the air in footballs used during the AFC championship game rather than what’s taking place in our own landscape. So it seems a perfect segue to #repurpose what was written earlier in the week. Only two so they shouldn’t take you too much time to read.

Is Bark Overrated?
Ham Up Your Garden Come Spring

And since this whole thing literally 'blew up' for the New England Patriots on Monday morning, with Tom Brady this is where I totally agree. “No one’s dying.” We, and that includes me, a fanatical New England Patriots fan since I was a kid should be more concerned about Asian Longhorned Beetle, a bigger threat to our forests and our trees. Remember our trees and forests are living but a deflated football? We should be moving onto bigger things.

As Peter S. Beagle points out, “Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed.”So for all that look at NFL players as great heroes, remember this quote.

But for my two-cents about the important game - the game of life, anyone can be deemed a hero. So do something good for someone else, anyone (a stranger, a friend, a co-worker) who might need a kind word, a mentor, a bouquet of flowers or just a hug. #Repurpose a negative into a positive and be your own hero rather than live in the footsteps of someone else. Half the greatness may go unnoticed but heck, you’re making a positive difference. That's all that counts.

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If you like this blog, check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Is Bark Overrated?



A fellow garden chum, @jmarkowski0 tweeted on January 8th that ‘winter interest in the #garden is overrated. No matter how hard I try.’  

Cute and somewhat true, it’s always a search and struggle to find the interest in our January gardens. The day John wrote this tweet, my guess it was probably zero or below. As much as bark may be overrated, it’s the best of the garden features especially in the snow. Maybe the lack of fluff and powder this year makes a ‘winter #garden overrated’ so until then John, enjoy the bark, less the snow. 

Maybe it’s the paw prints missing from his winter #garden he misses most. A puppy making new prints in your garden might help because bark isn’t overrated. Whether it’s a four-legged chum or the barren January garden, that interesting bark is there when you need it most. And if you don’t follow @jmarkowski0, he’s a funny guy who loves to garden. Spring is just around the corner so find the folks that bark great garden tweets. Until then, enjoy the winter garden and the bark.


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If you like this blog, check in for your daily share's worth of garden inspiration, landscape architecture and design tips; always original, not cookie cutter and copied. Just like our design work, we strive for unique! We invite you to contact Bilowz Associates, Inc., or to browse our portfolios. Like our Facebook follow on Twitter or subscribe to the blog to receive posts daily via email or a feed. You can follow with visuals on Pinterest and find us on LinkedIn and Houzz, too.  And you can also find us back on our Google+ Business Page. (Landscape architects/Landscape Design/serving Massachusetts and New England.)

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