Too Much Snow!
Too Much Snow!
Cape Cod is buried in snow! Many have mountains of plowed snow that’s covering shrubs, lawns and perennials. Some of us have forgotten just what’s down under those mounds of white! At this point we can’t do anything but hope for an early spring. Don’t worry about those plants that are underneath the snow, however. They should be just fine unless the weight of the plowed snow is so heavy that it breaks limbs and branches. Once the snow melts you can assess the damage and prune off broken branches. Here are some things to keep in mind while the garden is buried in snow: 1. The snow is protecting the hydrangea buds from cold temperatures, so that’s one good thing anyway! 2. Houseplants cheer you up, filter indoor air and add humidity to heated spaces. Going plant shopping in a lush greenhouse is a great escape from winter weather. 3. Snow is a good protection for perennials and biennials as well. If you grow foxgloves, you might find that more will make it through the winter this season. 4. Think spring! The best way to get through winter is to plan for the growing season ahead. What changes do you want to make in your yard and gardens this year?
Our company newsletter this week, which mentioned this blog post, also included a personal message from Nan Ingraham, who writes this weekly message. So many people have commented here about her post that we have to include it:
“I need to tell you a story. A couple weeks ago I was having,… one of THOSE days. Everything I touched fell apart, got messed up or just was not working. We all know what it is like, to have to have a day like that.
Lets just say it ended with a company taking two big payments out of my checking account for one bill…. my account was wiped clean and I still needed to buy some basics, like milk, bread & chocolate…. what? That’s not a staple??
So my husband gave me a hundred dollar bill. I went to Trader Joe’s in Hyannis, got my milk, bread and chocolate, went to pay, and the hundred was gone! It must have fallen out when I pulled out my list. I retraced my steps, even though I really didn’t think it would turn up…. after all it was cold hard cash, sitting on the floor, free for the taking. I ended up putting the chocolate on my credit card. I went home very stressed, not to mention poor.
But I saw something on the computer that night, that said if you have family (that includes friends) a little something to eat, and a roof over your head, you are wealthy beyond words. I sighed and cried and knew that this was very, very true. I went to bed knowing I am a blessed person.
The next day, I got up and got our family ready for the day, after all, we had chocolate, right? I went about my business feeling pretty good and about mid morning I thought, maybe, just maybe someone had turned in that hundred dollar bill. I called Trader Joe’s and sure enough, someone had. I was floored! I said to the man on the phone how struck I was with this fact and he said: “Well, we have pretty awesome customers!” and I replied yes, yes you do… my faith is renewed.
It made me think, these people are the same that shop at HCG…. Cape Codders, New Englanders, good people, and I am sure that this miracle would have played out here as well.
So if by chance, you or someone you know was that person at T.J.s that night, thank you, I hug you… I have been putting it forward, giving back just a little bit more each day, and happy to do it.
We try to give that extra effort here at the store as well. We like it when someone comes in with a question or a dilemma. We give informational talks on lots of subjects and we try to give the best advice or direct them to the place that will help them.
We are local, we are Cape Cod, we are a family owned business. You are part of our family. Thank you.
AND we are half a century this year!!! So lots of things are planned, keep up to date with our events calendar, cuz we are gonna rock 50!!”
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