Did you know that Spring has sprung? Well, not really. Every year we get lulled into running out and buying our beach wear. This reminds me of something funny. A few years ago I was in Ireland with my daughter, Tara, and my son, Collin. We asked the gentleman at the hotel if the sun comes out and when it does, what happens. With glee in his eye, he said, “Whoo hoo!. The sun! Whoo hoo! Last year the sun came out one day. I ran to the store and spent $300 on beach wear and beach toys. I took the day off work and ran to the beach. Two hours later, the sun was gone. It was a fantastic day at the beach. Whoo hoo!”

Enjoy the sun while we have it and be thankful you’re not in Ireland.

Here’s what I do suggest you do. First of all, don’t buy beach wear. I realize it’s California, but the water is cold. Take advantage of the sun and get some cleaning done in your yard. Now is an excellent time to apply your dormant spray on your trees. Neem Oil with a touch of Copper will do just fine. Don’t waste the spray. Apply before the rain.

Why don’t you take the opportunity of warm days to turn your irrigation systems on and test them. Get ready for Spring. Winter will come back and you can go back in your hole satisfied with being ahead of the game.

OMG. Did you know? I heard the story on the radio the other day that allocations of water are being reduced. The slow drumbeat of the drought. Don’t worry. Don’t worry at all. You got this. You’ve been there. You’ve done that. And if things don’t improve we got this with you. So, stay tuned.

Cut it out

February 10th, Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until whenever your questions stop, we still have a few seats remaining in our Tips & Tricks of Pruning. We’ll talk a little about that and a little bit about this. I have to warn you. This class is not a hard core journey into the scientific world of pruning. It’s a conversation about the simplicity of it and the rules that I have learned throughout 30 years of pruning in my own garden. Register online by clicking here.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style

February 9th and 10th (that’s a Friday and Saturday) join us for Valentine’s Dinner. To make reservations, call High-Hand Cafe at (916) 652-2064, Ext. 2 and make your dinner reservations.

The Galleries They Are A-Changing’

Did you know that we have two art galleries? So, let me fill you in on a little secret. Here’s what’s coming up at the High-Hand Art Gallery in 2018. A year full of great events and art.

February 11th join us at the High-Hand Art Gallery. It’s customer appreciation day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallery Two is an ever changing world. Every few months, out with the old and in with the new. Calendar the dates. Stick it in your iPhone and join us for a year of creativity and inspiration.

Did you know that you might have a creative side?

February 17th 10am-12pm
February 18th 10am-12pm

Beat the winter blues by joining us in making a beautiful Botanical Collage. This 16×20 work of art will be created by you using vintage images to layer and design with. You will go home with a lovely masterpiece ready to display. All materials and supplies are provided and includes delicious Mimosas and tasty baked treats from our amazing Cafe. The cost is $65, plus tax. Class will be held in the High-Hand Fruit Sheds. Dress warm and dress for mess. To sign up, click on the date below that you are interested in attending:

February 17th 10am-12pm

February 18th 10am-12pm

Join us March 3, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. for an adventure into the world of our most revered birds. Tickets sell out fast. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Care Association and their rehabilitation efforts. Be sure to join us for an evening as we soar with the owls and be in reverence with the eagle. Purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Did you know? Now you do.

See you at High-Hand Nursery.

Scott

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