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In honor of Groundhog Day, we’d like to share our prediction for an early spring or late winter. Here in California, we’ve had unusually warm weather. We hope that sunshine will spread quickly nationwide for a full spring blossom. These flowers were grown and dried in our garden. We hope that you, too, are eager to share the sweet aroma of freshly grown flowers. As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider purchasing flowers that you can grow all year long to enjoy and share.

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Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”

-Hans Christian Andersen

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Lessons from My Garden

KalanchoeCalifornia is known for its eternal sunshine. This close-up perspective of the Kalanchoe flower buds shows new growth. When you have a home-grown garden, you notice all the changes that the soil produces. From lush spring florals to dormant winters, nature shows a variety of transitions.

As we begin 2015, I like to remember that our lives, too, will be marked by the seasons. I recently spent some time in the garden reflecting on the paths of life. It is important to consider the roads we have taken and the ones we want to follow. When we succeed or fail, it is wise to remember that these are temporal experiences. We can’t control these events, but we can manage our outlook. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” In a season of new beginnings, we can remember that these lessons can help us blossom into renewed individuals.

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