The online magazine Leaf released its Spring 2013 Issue yesterday. There are a number of fantastic garden and outdoor living stories in the issue, but one is particularly useful if you are gearing up for spring holiday decorations.
Roanne Robbins designed and created (with a teeny, tiny bit of my help — but mostly it was all her) a new vision for the old fashioned Easter Tree. Borrowing from the traditional symbols of the Easter Tree (Fertility, Joy, Youth, Fertility, and Regrowth), the idea of the tree was morphed into a pretty twiggy arrangement that can be scaled to your home or re-created outside.
Small terrariums with wheat grass grown inside symbolize regrowth. Joy and youth are celebrated by the colorful washi tape that is wrapped around the stems. Little nests filled with succulents symbolize rebirth, and fertility is brought into the arrangement through the forced quince branches.
A full discussion of how to create this for yourself is in the magazine.
Plus, there are other fun topics in the spring issue that include:
- A piece on Bar Gardens (i.e. gardens that are specialized for providing cocktails ingredients).
- Learn about the fun of Geocaching (an outdoor adventure to find hidden treasure....probably even in your own neighborhood).
- John Bartram, America's first plant hunter and botanist , and his ongoing legacy.
- The makeover of an urban garden in Brooklyn.
- And my favorite: the the true story of Cougar Annie, a woman on the early 20th century Canadian frontier who homesteaded land on a remote island (in order to separate her husband from the opium dens that he frequented), where she had to fight cougars and the elements to raise her 8 children. She pulled it off by setting up a nursery on her land and selling her plants, by mail order, to customers around the world. They were transported by canoe to the steam ship that passed by once a month. It is an unbelievable tale that inspires me to get that little cut flower business that I keep dreaming about up and running…
(Images: Kelly Fitzsimmons for Leaf Magazine.)