I love collecting recipes and combining flavors at home. Itâ€™s extra special getting to do this at Gather as well. Each month I try to work with my staff to come up with a â€œdrink of the monthâ€, this month it is a delicious Ginger Matcha Latte. So good. I also adore these green mugs that I stock in the shop. I might have to switch out my standard all white ones for a set of these too.
Itâ€™s finally starting to feel like Spring here in North Carolina, but it feels a little late. Here, we expect Spring weather early and for only a brief spell, then quickly followed by a long hot summer. Iâ€™ve learned to plant everything in the ground no later than June to give my plants enough time to grow roots before the sweltering heat sets in. The other day I found these gorgeous full-grown hellebore’s at Trader Joeâ€™s for only $10. These are one of my favorite Spring-blooming perennials (they come back year after year). They need a good shady spot, so I might have to plant them at Gather instead of my own small patio garden at home, which receives quite a bit more sun.
Itâ€™s really fun to partner with other local businesses and people who are doing inspiring things and offer those as classes to the community at Gather. Typically, I am behind-the-scenes organizing things or taking photos and not really able to attend the classes in the fashion that I could if I didnâ€™t run the space. This past weekend though I took a floral crown class and my daughter joined me. While it turns out she was still a little too young to sit still for the class, it was fun learning new skills and anytime I get to work with flowers I am happy.
For Arbor Day we gave away free plant sprouts left over from another class that was hosted at the shop. I love too these seed bombs that we carry. You just toss them and flowers grow. So easy.
I just received some lovely smelling and gorgeously packaged cleaning goods at Gather; they are making Spring-cleaning so much more pleasant. On that note, have you read The Magic Art of Tidying? Itâ€™s a little kooky book but as someone whoâ€™s had a fascination with â€œstuffâ€ and why and how we keep it, this bookâ€™s method of sorting and eliminating by type of goods, methodically, is a really good one. Iâ€™ve read a lot of books on the subject and frankly have been working on this in my own home for a while now but this style of eliminating and organizing keeps you on task well and is really motivating.