A Message to Our Friends, Neighbors & Community,
Pillywiggins love beautiful blossoms but our primary focus has always been creating and maintaining safe, healthy, environments for people, pets & wildlife. Pillywiggins are gardeners for life & we remain committed to this task. Pillywiggins Garden, LLC will continue to operate within the guidelines of all Federal, State & local mandates to provide essential services to our customers and our community. We are taking every precaution to keep ourselves & others healthy and will strictly adhere to all safety protocols and government mandates that may follow.
Why are landscaping services essential? It's a matter of public health & safety.
Pillywiggins mastered the art of social distancing long ago, preferring to go about their business unnoticed, leaving only their gardens behind as proof of their existence.
Our business operates much the same way. Pillywiggins Garden, LLC employs two Pillywiggins, my husband Jason & me. We work from our home-based office and are able to conduct the majority of our business without any physical contact with others. It's actually the norm for us!
We will be focusing on the essential needs of our customers & our community.
At this time, it is still uncertain how our supply chain will be effected. That being said, most of the materials we use are obtained locally and most can be obtained without direct physical contact. We are hopeful but prepared to make do with limited resources.
Spring is a time new beginnings. A time for growth & change.
Spring is also a time to be hopeful, for beautiful things are on the way.
Stay home, be safe and remain positive.
With Love, The Pillywiggins
It's almost here, our favorite day of the year. The first day of spring. We still have a little snow but Pillywiggins Garden is already growing! Seeds planted long ago are anxious to emerge & blossom. This spring we are adding a hoop house, expanding our Services and extending our reach to more gardens than ever before!
Mother Nature predicts a dramatic increase in
Pillywiggin sightings in 2020!
This year, Pillywiggins will be even easier to spot with new uniforms featuring our awesome new logos. It's been a long time in the works but well worth the wait! We are excited to finally unveil our new look and introduce you to two very special members of our Pillywiggin Troop.
Every time a seed is planted, a flower fairy is born.
So, it's no wonder Pillywiggins Garden is well-populated and quite diverse. In time you will meet all of our Pillywiggin friends and get to know their stories. Today we are pleased to introduce you to the Pillywiggins that appear on our logos.
Leaf is one of the first Pillywiggins to appear each spring. He travels from garden to garden to awaken the dormant bulbs. He encourages new growth, budding & sprouts with his loyal companion Spot, a ladybird beetle. Wherever they go, flowers are sure to grow! Always the first to the garden & the last to go home, these two work tirelessly to tend the blossoms & keep the aphids at bay.
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What's all the buzz about? It's Pollen Nate and his army of worker bees zipping about the garden making sure each plant is properly pollenated. Nate leads his own colony of bees in search of clean, chemical-free gardens to pollenate. Pillywiggins have always worked along side bees, sharing the workload & the honey! Lifelong friends & allies, Pillywiggins are known to swarm with their bee friends to defend the hive.
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Pillywiggins Are Gardeners for Life!
The Pillywiggin Workshop has been in full swing. First getting ready for the Winter Fantasy Art Show, then the holidays. We made ornaments, bottle chimes, gourd snowmen and new this year, fused glass lanterns. As you can see, Mother Nature provided the inspiration for this lantern & it was the first to sell. I shared photos of it on our Pillywiggins Facebook page prior to the show. Our friend Sue saw the post, arrived early & made a beeline for the lantern. Thank you Sue! I love knowing where our creations will live. We have pieces in Maine, Florida, Colorado, Oregon & a few in Germany! But to me, it's extra special when your work belongs in a friend's home.
The pieces below (shown under construction) are the first 2 plates of what will be a 4 plate series. We made a 10" version for Grandma Pillywiggin and a 7" version for Aunt Junie. We'll be working on spring & summer plates next to complete the series. Mom & Aunt Junie are the official "Beta Testers" for Pillywiggins Garden. LOL Over the winter we'll expand on the theme to create a collection that includes plates, lanterns, wall panels, ornaments & more. Stay tuned!
The weather was perfect for safe holiday traveling. We spent Saturday, December 14th with Grandma & Grandpa Pillywiggin and Alma VFW Post 1454 honoring our Nation's Heroes on Wreaths Across America Day. Each year, volunteers gather to place a wreath on every Veteran's grave in the Veteran's Section of Riverside Cemetery in Alma, MI joining many others across the USA.
VFW Post 1454 Honor Guard
(That's Grandpa Pillywiggin on the far right.)
Like most families, we traveled with our "kids" over the holidays visiting family & friends. Our family Christmas is a weekend-long event held at Grandma & Grandpa Pillywiggins farm. From the U.P. on down, everyone gathers at the farm, including the furry members of our family.
While we were downstate, I made a run to Delphi Art Glass in Lansing to stock up on glass supplies. I found this gorgeous piece of specialty glass that I could not resist. The photos above were one sheet of glass that I had split in half for easier transport. I'm not sure what I will do with it yet. For now, I'm happy just to gaze upon its beauty.
We spent Christmas Day at home with plenty of entertainment watching our kids open presents from Santa Paws. Jason & I very rarely go out for New Year's Eve but we made an exception this year. We made reservations at the Torch Lake Cafe in Eastport, a very short hop from our house. Dinner was excellent but we were there to see our friend Joan who was performing with her bandmates Yankee Station. It was our first time seeing them live. They were absolutely fabulous!
Now that the excitement of the holidays is over, it's time to enjoy the simple pleasures of winter. Our favorite winter pastimes include....
Snuggling on the Couch
(Yep, I'm somewhere under that pile!)
Daydreaming About Spring!
Greetings! My name is Julie. I'm a bookkeeper by trade, an artisan by choice & the author of this blog by default. :)