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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Number One Early Blooming Woodland Shrub

The Why of Witch Hazel


At this time of year, especially in the cold zones, looking for colorful life can be difficult at best. That’s why we’ll do a #ThrowbackThursday post from last February on ‘The Why of Witch Hazel.’ There’s a list of characteristics to peruse, making this woodland shrub an all-time favorite. Take a #ThrowbackThursday peek back down memory lane. Just an FYI - with New England's harsh winter, there's a couple week lag time so keep your eyes peeled. Witch Hazel can be found in bloom right now.

Need more than 'The Why of Witch Hazel' to catch your attention? Here are two more characteristics to add to its extensive list. Where can you find this natural beauty for creating an eye-catching, early spring bouquet? Reminds me of a cross between Pussy Willows and Forsythia. 
The unusual blossom makes it perfect for a natural, earthy eye-catching bouquet.
And you can’t underestimate its medicinal purposes. The leaves and bark have beneficial properties. Here’s a Witch Hazel compress recipe, good for sunburn, swollen and inflamed joints, plus aching varicose veins.

Take 1 0z. (25g.) cut bark and 1 pt. (500ml.) water. Simmer together for 10 minutes. Strain and allow to cool. Dip a cloth in, wring and apply for a ½ hour, wetting it again as needed. And while you're nursing some of the remnants of the winter we'd rather forget, a nice spring shot might be necessary of that typical spring bouquet. 
We still love that spring bouquet of Tulips but urge you to try something different - Witch Hazel in a vase!
Even though Tulips shout 'perky' and remain a spring favorite, try filling your vase with Witch Hazel. You can’t beat the beauty and its many characteristics. As John W. Foster reminds us, “One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.” So if you need an early season spark, start with this magical woodland shrub. Find it growing in the woods or add to your plant list for your own garden space.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mid-week Spring Climb


Mid-week spring climb - check out #bostondesignweek

If it feels like spring is still holding off in New England, here's something to help with that 'first week of spring' climb and final push up the hill.

Everyone can use some fresh design thoughts for inspiration. Here's a perfect solution and it's taking place in Boston -  the first ever #bostondesignweek. There's still lots of great talks and events to attend. Plus it's a great mid-week design push up the hill. Click here to see what might interest you. Get out of your box and think DESIGN. And if you still need a little extra push up that Landscape Design Hill, check out last week's post, 'Entertaining in Fresh Air.'

Circle back often and tell us what's going on with your spring to date.
 
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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.)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend Tidbits

Do you know where this state park is in Massachusetts? Hint – it has an amazing showcase of Rhododendrons and Azaleas mid-spring.

What a first weekend of spring. What started with snowflakes, then a melt and warm-up, now back to the deep freeze - ugh! But hopefully you were able to get out in nature, do a bit of pruning or clean-up in the garden, or just enjoy the first awakenings of this season we love the most.

A few noteworthy tidbits or #DYK (Did you know) to prompt outdoor thinking:

  • Be on the lookout for White pine blister rust – there is a mutated fungus infecting white pine forests in parts of New Hampshire. Click here for the details. As always, if you love the outdoors, gardening and the environment, you should be tuned in not just to the beauty but what may be overshadowing it and what you can look for or do about it.
  • For those that love to explore – the Denver Botanic Gardens had more visitors last year than any public garden in North America.  Read why there were more than1.4 million visitors. Time to put this and many others on your North American list of botanical gardens you might want to see next. Maybe it’s just a reminder to catch up with a garden close to where you live. Get inspired with a workshop or class.
  • If you love birds, the state of Massachusetts will be conducting their April 10th spring nesting survey of the bald eagle, which has made a huge comeback in Central Massachusetts. Read about some of the places you might spot an eagle in flight or better yet, a new nesting area and you can put it on the map.

A quick post with a few #DYK tidbits to share on this chilly Monday morning. Get chatty and send your design and garden questions or just share your spring thoughts.

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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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