Enough of the Snow Already (2)

With weather like this customers thoughts have hardly turned to Spring and their new landscapes. Right now the goal for most is to get through this mess we are in again.

March snowstorm

[ In the beginning. ]

A little later . . .

March snowstorm

[ Less than a mile from the house. ]

The birds are looking for something to eat . . .

Cardinals at the feeder

[ Cardinals aplenty at our stump feeders. ]

The garden sleeps.

We ask a lot of this space come Spring. From the vegetable areas, to the herb pots, the climbers, and the flowers from the cut-garden area. So much, from so little space.

vegtable garden plan

[ Not too long from now herbs, peppers, melons and dahlia’s. ]

These pots look great even in the winter . . .

potted garden-winter

[ I really like these “pots”, even though they’re not pots. ]

We may be snowed in, the fireplace is working hard. The snow . . . it’s okay. Spring really is right around the corner.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. When I wander around, and see all of the images of snow – yes, I’m grateful for my little coastal South Carolina zone 8b garden – but boy is all of that snow beautiful. I hope that the fire keeps you all nice and warm.

    We survived-the fire was very welcome over the weekend. I am familiar with the Carolina weather having spent 13 years down there . . . and I miss some of it. I guess this all boils down to each place having it’s good points and it’s bad points. Though I will admit some places have a lot more good side stuff going on.

  2. Perhaps I’m dense — what do you mean by “not really pots?” They do look great, but they also look like pots to me. I love being in East Tennessee — almost 70 tomorrow! Time for some much-needed garden work!

    Pots; those are not pots . . . they are chimney caps-very expensive caps that didn’t meet standards are set aside in the discount or “seconds” pile at the production plant. We come along, find them, bury them, and plant them. Those caps work out very well because of the open bottom drainage is never an issue.

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