Welcome . . . to the first of my Getting Through February field trips!

Last week after a doctor’s appointment, I decided to stop by one of my favorite local pick-me-up spots . . . Vandersalm Flowers in Kalamazoo.  (It’s only a couple blocks from my doctor’s office, and I have to drive right past on my way.)

I often stop by (especially in the winter) to visit their conservatory and nurseries. It’s a sanctuary for me! Stepping into the conservatory is a joy . . . the air feels heavy and tropical, there’s an intoxicating earthy smell.  It’s quiet — and so lush and green. (The day I stopped in, the temperature was in the single-digits. So all this jungle-y goodness was particularly welcoming.)



They seem to understand there at Vandersalm’s . . . that gardeners just need to wander around – especially in the dead of winter. They welcome visitors right into their nurseries — where they’re working and planting and preparing for spring. I try my best to stay out of the way, but I can’t resist looking at everything!


What a treat for this “winter gardener!”
Talk about balm for the soul. . .

And, of course, I did pick up a couple of “souvenirs” from my little adventure to take home with me . . .


Because . . . how could I resist?


How about you? Do you have a favorite pick-me-up spot to visit in the winter?