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The first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again,
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes” 
                                             ― Charmaine J Ford

The light still burns bright as we enter the door of the new year known as January.  Days are becoming longer, and the darkness doesn't seem quite as dark.  The days are cold and may be snowy depending on the area you live.  Here in our part of North Carolina, you may be in shorts one day and shivering in your long johns the next.  But one thing for certain January is a time for planning.  Whether it be the personal changes that you want to make during the coming year or the landscaping and gardening you dream of doing sitting by the fire, this is the month to plan it all out.  We all are a little more optimistic with the opportunity of a new year and new beginnings.  We have the time to slow down and think about things a little more and do some reflecting.  The rush of holidays is behind us for a while until it is time to start thinking about Cupid and Valentine's Day. So sit back, put your feet up, throw another log on the fire and dream spring and summer dreams while flipping through seed catalogs.

Here are a few companies with either online or free print catalogs to help you dream and plan:

Online and print catalogs.Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Online and print catalogs.Burpee Seed Company

Online and print catalogs.Eden Brothers

Online and print catalogs.Greenwood Nursery
Online catalog.New England Seed Company (NESeed)

Online and print catalogs.Park Seed Company

  • Now is a great time to prune most trees and shrubs.  But hold off on pruning azaleas, forsythia, red buds, dogwoods and other spring flowering trees and shrubs as they have already set buds for spring blooming.
  • Check out seed catalog, gardening magazines, and plan for all the things you want to do come warmer weather.
  • Slow down and allow yourself to become a little dormant like nature does in winter so you too will be ready to burst out in spring

The winter landscape does not have to be without color.  Pansies and violas can brighten any winter's day.  Pansies and violas can withstand freezing temperatures and snap right back after the temperature begins to rise.

The following about the pansy can be found on the website The Local Gardener at https://localgardener.net/ as part of the article 10 Fun Things about Pansies.

 Pansies for thought.
The origin of the word pansy is reputed to be the French word pens ée , meaning thought. The idea is that the face of the flower, particularly when it nods in the heat, looks like a person in thought. The name dates back to the 15th century and was given to wild violas, which are smaller than the ones we call pansies today; the modern hybrid is Viola x wittrockiana. Fifteenth-century pansies were more like Johnny jump-ups.

 Shakespeare’s pansies.
Ophelia, the doomed young lady in Hamlet, listing the qualities of flowers she hands out when she goes mad, declares: “There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts.” Pansies, going by the name heart’s ease, were used in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a love potion. It is often repeated that Elizabethans believed a tincture of pansies deposited on the eyes of someone sleeping would cause them to fall in love with the first thing they saw upon waking. Personally, I think that was invented by Shakespeare, though it’s easier to prove that something happened than prove it didn’t. I have no definitive evidence.

 Culpeper’s pansies.
There is evidence for what medicinal properties pansies were believed to possess from The Complete Herbal (1653) by the apothecary and surgeon Nicolas Culpepper. His prescribed use for pansy was for venereal diseases. He also noted that: “the spirit of it is excellently good for the convulsions in children, as also for the falling sickness, and a gallant remedy for the inflammation of the lungs and breasts, pleurisy, scabs, itch, etc.”


1/2 Dozen rose vase w/balloon    $45.00
Triple rose vase w/bear                $29.99
Candy bucket w/mylar balloon      $25.00

Candy bag w/mylar balloon            $10.00
Bear w/candy and mylar balloon    $25.00
Dozen roses in vase                       $75.00
Mixed vase arrangements              $55.00

It's still not to late to plant your spring flowering bulbs. As long as you can dig a hole, you can plant them. They should still bloom for you in the spring.

Whatever you wish for, dream for, plan for we here at the Village Gallery and Rolling Hills wish all the best for you and yours in 2019.  Be sure to visit us soon here in Roxboro and check out all we have to offer.


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