Sounds and Scenes of Spring

With spring around the corner and “springing up” all around us, you can make a connection with Vivaldi’s Equinox soundtrack. We feel as though Vivaldi cornered the market on this soundtrack…it is the “Happy Birthday” to birthdays, it is Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” to weddings, it is the “Love Story” to every drunk, lovesick karaoke crooner.

It is pretty much the first music that we think of when thinking about spring, we dare to say.

There is something that we are not sure that everyone knows, however…Vivaldi wrote sonnets for each and every movement of his Four Seasons masterpiece; twelve altogether. Each movement in the four concerti (Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter) has the following order of tempo: fast-slow-fast, with the text corresponding in feeling to each.

We have yet to listen and read these at the same time, but it is now on our list of things to do and we suggest that you do too! We have heard of times when conductors or directors have read these aloud to an audience before performing the movement.

You can click on each of these to hear the 3 movements of Vivaldi’s Spring Concerti and read along below:

1st Movement: Spring has come and joyfully the birds greet it with happy song, and the brooks, while the streams flow along with gentle murmur as the zephyrs blow. There come, shrouding the air with a black cloak, lighting and thunder chosen to herald [the storm]; then, when these are silent, the little birds return to their melodious incantations.

2nd Movement: And now, in the pleasant, flowery meadow, to the soft murmur of leaves and plants, the goatherd sleeps with his faithful dog at his side.

3rd Movement: To the festive sound of a pastoral bagpipe, nymphs and shepherds dance under their beloved roof, greeting the glittering arrival of the spring.

It is also reported that Vivaldi was inspired by the landscape paintings of Marco Ricci. We would like to imagine that he would be just as inspired by one of the landscape scenes that we are lucky enough to be surrounded by on a daily basis.

A Lickable Wreath

That isn’t a typo. We are aware that lickable is not a “real” word (there is a red line underneath it as I type); but Mr. Urban is apparently way more accepting than Mr. Webster, so it is at least in some sort of dictionary.

But this color! It’s all slushy/lollipop/sorbet/raspberry frosting/sweet tarty!

Here is the more realistic but not less exciting description:

It is Heather. Calluna vulgaris. From the Greek ‘Kallune’ meaning to clean or brush (twigs of heather were used to make brooms) and ‘vulgaris’ from the Latin word for common. It is the most prolific and abundant plant in Scotland and the flowers are a staple in Swedish herbal medicine.

Just in case you were wondering.

But please put brooms, medicine and made-up words (but maybe not Scotland) out of your mind and look at another picture of this little (14 inch) piece of art, this time the pallet is mixed with fragrant sprigs of rosemary.

family is work is family…

The type of work we do here is all integrated.

Our front entry way (pictured above) doubles as a drying area for our new pink roses, new herbs we may be trying out or other freshly cut product that needs more warmth than our back warehouse can provide.

Our offices and our design studio all share an open space. This table is a hub…our design space, and on some days, our conference table.

Being family owned and operated, this is our second home. And like being home, everyone wants to be here (on most days ;)).

The picture above is such a good example of what I am describing.  This is right above the desk where I am typing this. It is one of our handmade lavender wreaths, made from what we grow here, and a glimpse of a couple of the pictures of the kids/grandkids on the wall next to it.


Life is good.