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7 o’clock Foliage

Written By: Natasha Gonzalez - Jun• 20•13

Last week I expertly came up with the idea of stalking the Orchard Supply Hardware nearest me until the store opened up at 7 o’clock on the DOT. I was actually one of the loiterers who was (im)patiently standing in front of the sliding doors waiting for them to open. The morning was crisp, slightly sunny, and very promising. I know what you’re thinking. What nerdy person gets up that early on a weekday morning to make a special visit to a gardening center? Not only that, but before the store actually opens? ME! But before you think me too oddballed, let me tell you that I have a method to my madness. I was on my way to work that day and the OSH just happens to be right next to my launching pad (aka train station). I see the store every day en route. The plants had been calling to me for quite some time now. I could no longer ignore their sad cries for me to come see them. I needed to heed the call  :tounge: .


By now you know a little bit about me. You know I am a new-old fashioned girl, stuck in modern society but puttering around like I’m in the Big Woods of Wisconsin (that, by the way, was a shout out to my lovely icon Laura Ingalls Wilder). Yes, it’s no longer a secret that I would rather live in the 19th Century. You already know that. But have I told you yet that I am a gardening nut? I think I may have hinted at the fact here. Gardening is one of my absolute favorite pastimes, if not my favorite. In an effort to lead a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, what first seemed to come about out of sheer necessity has turned into the love of my life (where non-human loves are concerned that is…you’re still the love of my life, precious hubby!). I live and breathe gardening. So naturally OSH is one of my favorite stores  :wink: .

I am also one of those crazy artistic people who can, and will find beauty in almost anything that is presented to me. The early morning just so happens to be one of those things that I find an unprecedented amount of beauty in. Thus is the reason for my odd, though genius visit to OSH at 6:58 in the morning. The marriage of Flora to the morning worked to cater to my aesthetic needs (I know, I know). So as I meandered through the store and out into the nursery, my heart was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the foliage, herbs, flowers in a dizzying rainbow of colors, shrubs, and trees. To capture the romance of the situation, I eagerly snapped a few pictures that morning of my oh so gorgeous surroundings.

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I was also pleasantly delighted that OSH had some vintage turn of the (20th) Century gardening posters (I had to point that out didn’t I?)  :tounge: .

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Now I have one parting question for you. Have you ever seen Snapdragons? If not, I suggest you seek them out. They will take your breath away.

And now with my Trader Joe’s Peppermint Tea depleted and it being 11 o’clock and all, while I do feel better…I’ll be going to sleep now ;-).


:heart: In His Name,



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  1. It’s nice to know that I’m still the human love of your life, my dear wife. :)

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