The stars dangled off the branches like delicate, silver ornaments while the moon drenched the earth in a luminous glow.  Distant geese chortled as the frogs croaked rhythmically in their grassy fens.  It was a perfect Spring night.  Life was awakening, flexing its prowess.

Literally, within mere days, it seems the landscape has exploded with color and life.  Bradford Pear, Magnolia, Redbud, and Crabapple have taken the proverbial stage as tulips unfurl and young perennials begin to emerge.  Grass has grown shaggy and thick while dandelions test our patience.  There’s no turning back now.  It’s pedal to the metal from here on out, and I just can’t wait to see the show.

There’s no coincidence that we celebrate Earth Day this week, Friday, April 22nd.  It’s a day to celebrate earth and demonstrate our support for her well-being.  In some ways, it’s become synonymous with the whole green movement, more specifically the global climate change initiative.  No matter where you stand on the whole global warming/climate change debate, Earth Day is a great day to honor nature and appreciate all its diversity and splendor.  Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  Start a Garden

It doesn’t have to be anything grand or complicated.  Consider planting in containers or raised beds.  It need not take up much space or require tons of time or money.  Basically, plant something – anything.  Perhaps you have a favorite flower or vegetable.  Give it a go.

  Park the Car

If possible, park your car and hoof it or ride your bike.  You might even consider car pooling or using public transportation.


Start turning garden and select kitchen waste into gardening gold.  Start a compost bin or pile.

  Upcycle and Recycle

Get crafty by upcycling items.  Got a bunch of glass bottles?  Consider making a bottle tree.  Upcycle old clothes into a quilt or recycle by donating.  Keeping things out of the trash is a win-win.

  Buy & Eat Local & Sustainable Food

Take some time to learn where your food comes from.  Source a local farmer’s market.  Read labels and research.

If nothing else, take a stroll through your local woods or park.  Be awed and inspired by earth’s varied beauty and bounty, and as always, reach out to Sweeney’s with your inspirations, and we’ll make them a reality.

Plant of the Week:

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke #1  Prairie Smoke #2

Graceful pink flowers bloom April – June followed by feathery seed heads.  Prefers full sun and dry soil.  Attracts pollinators.  Grows 12-18″ high and 12-18″ wide.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

– John Muir

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney