They rise like tiny green soldiers, saluting sun and sky in emergence from the dark soil. Daffodils, Crocus, Hyacinth, and Tulips grow unhindered from bland bulbs only to open in a flourish of color and freedom, finally able to embody their full stature in Spring’s glare.
This is how we know it’s time to firmly place spades and Wellies in thawed earth and explore, once again, nature’s orchestra. In this post we’ll explore the garden from seed to table.
We caught up with the ladies at Sublime Garden Design to help us figure out first steps. Next, we talked with the talented Chef at The Hungry Pelican who created a special recipe just for you using fresh ingredients, whether from your garden or market. We then popped into A Taste of Country which is already open and displaying fresh ingredients for your Springtime table (and our recipe below!). And finally, we selected 10 gardening books for the avid reader or the hopeful dabbler to inspire the garden of your imagination. Let’s dig in!
SUBLIME GARDEN DESIGN
Located in Historic Downtown Snohomish, Sublime Garden Design is the creative endeavor of Heidi Skievaski, who along with an expert team of landscape architects, transforms bland spaces into sustainable living sanctuaries that nurture mind and body.
We met with the team at their calming new creative studio to talk shop, or rather, dirt and seeds and weeds.
Don those muck boots and pruning sheers, it’s time to tackle those Hydrangea, Lavender, Trees and Shrubs. Get to the weeds before they blossom and scatter their insatiable little seeds in your beautiful spaces. Lay down a nice mulch and fertilize the lawn.
Now is the time to start planting seeds indoors. Outside, plant ornamental grasses, peas, lettuce, bare-root roses and fruit trees. Remember to select specimens comfortable in zone 7. One thing is for sure, planning your space before rushing out to buy plants, flowers and shrubs in the excitement of the season, is paramount to achieving the design you want. Ask yourself, “What is the ‘why’ of my garden design?” Factors like sun, shade, privacy, wild boughs or tidy rows should be addressed before digging in. This will save you money, so start by planning.
Want to do something fresh and vibrant in your containers? The creatives at Sublime will plant them for you on site.
WHERE TO BEGIN
Everyone at Sublime offers helpful posts on their blog about starting seeds indoors, planting containers, what to do right now, and what to do next month. They’re also friendly and helpful on Facebook, offering fun tidbits and inspiring images. And if you just want help putting it all in place, come in and see the studio at Sublime, and create a plan with the team on their chalkboard wall. Find out all you need to know at Sublime Garden Design. Here’s a fun fact…the following are the team’s favorite plants:
- Heidi: Golden Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycessteria ‘Golden Lanterns’)
- Kryssie:Lady in Red Hydrangea
- Jen: Stewartia Japanese
A TASTE OF COUNTRY
A Taste of Country is already open for the season with colorful displays of cooking inspiration. Tracy, the hands-on owner and creator of the space has a shipment of fresh produce every Thursday. In addition, she will offer dairy wine and beer very soon.
And just when you think you’re done shopping, you meander through another part of this unique space offering local wares from candles care of the Snohomish Candle Company, to delicious (we can vouch) candied nuts from Darlena J’s Gourmet Nuts. It’s a place you’ll want to stop, chat and explore. Want to know more about A Taste of Country? Here’s a description from their Facebook page~> “A Taste of Country is a country store that supports local farmers and artists. We sell fresh produce and flowers, gourmet dips, and soon artisan breads and dairy products. We also carry candles, local honey products as well as gift and home décor items. We will soon be offering beer and wine also.”
Goodies at A Taste of Country
THE HUNGRY PELICAN
Terra, Chef and owner of The Hungry Pelican is always willing to share a recipe with us. You may have seen her delicious canapes around town during events, or dined at her unique shop of delectables and collectables. Her offerings are nothing short of amazing. Next time you’re hankering for something delicious and comforting, head over to The Hungry Pelican. We asked her to share a recipe with us using ingredients either from your veggie garden or from a market like A Taste of Country. After checking with Tracy on ingredients, Terra created this Savory Apple Salad just for you!
Savory Apple Salad
Savory Apple Salad
The Hungry Pelican creates bites from the Country Store*
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Yield: Serves 2-3
- 1 crisp green apple, cored and chopped nickel size*
- 1 crisp red apple, cored and chopped nickel size* (suggest gala or honey crisp)
- 1/4 cup of dried cranberries (or red Seedless Grapes Halved)*
- Spiced Pecans*
- ¼ – ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp fresh Apple Cider (suggest unfiltered)
- Spinach or Lettuce Crowns*
- We also suggest adding: Cooked Chicken, Ham or Crumbled Bacon!
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and cider. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to your preference. Mix in the apples, cranberries and other optional ingredients, toss until evenly coated. Serve on a bed of greens, as a side salad, in a pita or lettuce cups. Garnish with Pecans.
DIGGING INTO A GOOD BOOK
Here is a list of books to ignite the garden of your imagination!
- The Secret Garden – Francis Hodgson Burnett
- Dark Materials- Phillip Pullman
- Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillippa Pearce
- The Selfish Giant – Oscar Wilde
- The Merchant’s Tale – Chaucer
- The Roman Della Rose – French Allegory
- Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
- The Door in the Wall – HG Wells
- Paradise Lost – John Milton
Enjoy! Stay tuned for our next post on April events in Snohomish!