Just a quick post to prove I haven't fallen off the face of the world. Nor have I plunged down one of the many surprisingly steep ravines that link the neighborhoods of Birmingham, Alabama where I'm helping my daughter find a place to live while she's at Southern Living magazine.
No sooner had we hauled all of our earthly goods into our new almost finished house than I had to start thinking about another move in the same two weeks. In case it wasn't already complicated my son is also moving tomorrow, heading to Omaha for a co-op job in conjunction with his engineering studies.
We've absorbed lots of Birmingham history, both good, bad and interesting while learning the lay of the land. Topography. Who knew Birmingham was so mountainous? It feels like we've been starring in our very own version of "house hunters" while the Vulcan statue looms above the city.
In between apartment hunting I've managed to see lots of lush, colorful plantings all over the city, the humidity agrees with them more than it does my hair. We did quick stops at a couple garden centers...down here in Steve Bender country. I almost expected The Grumpy Gardener himself to jump out from behind the rows of potted azaleas and ask me just what I thought I was doing on his patch.
Leaf and Petal in picturesque Mountain Brook caters to the sundress and pearls crowd serving up gorgeous container combinations but also has great little houseplant offerings. Check out these unique vessels...
And don't miss the chickens and that cute coop.
Last night after a tasty dinner at the Little Donkey we came upon Sweet Peas Garden Shop on Linden Ave in the homey section of Homewood. It was closed but my-oh-my look at that MG filled with flowers. It might have been the sangria but we got pretty excited about this oversized herb sign too.
I hear Charlie Thigpen's Garden Gallery is legendary, but it will have to wait until my next visit.
Meanwhile back in Minneapolis, I may have the beginnings of a landscape and veggie beds soon on the bare plot that is my future garden. Hopefully I can get my hands in the dirt before it starts snowing again! Pictures soon.