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Dear Customers,

                I’ve already heard several people remark, “Easter is early this year!”  Consider that Easter can fall no earlier than March 22nd and no later than April 25th in any year – due to the complex formula utilized in determining the date.  Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (i.e., the first full moon occurring after the date of the vernal equinox, March 21st).  So, technically, Easter does fall about a week before the half-way point of its window which, I guess, makes it “early”!

                Regardless of when Easter appears on the calendar, its human nature to be yearning for spring this time of year (unless you make your living at a ski resort).  The first crocus that peaks out of the ground, the first leek dug from under its leafy hiding place or the sight of a v-shaped flock of geese winging their way back north are nature’s stimuli serving to uplift an otherwise wintry mood.  On Wednesday, February 28th I saw my first robin(s) of the spring and bravely resisted the urge to notify the Bradford Era!  Since then, I’ve seen numerous references in print to the signs of spring because people are just ready to get back outside; to walk, to garden, to even just clean up the yard.  And for a week now, we’ve been the beneficiary of an extra hour of light in the evenings thanks to daylight savings time.  

                That’s probably why Easter flowers are so popular.  Despite what you see when you look out your window, they’re a harbinger of good things to come, weather-wise.  I’ve enjoyed Palm Sunday’s when it’s 80 degrees and sunny.  I’ve also seen just as many that feature a stiff wind driving snowflakes horizontally into an unprotected ear!  But, there’s just something about a colorful, fragrant display of flowers, bulbs or fresh-cut bouquets that warms the heart and soul, reminding us that the sun has won yet another battle with Ol’ Man Winter. 

                We break up our Easter flower deliveries into two weeks, and the first one arrived this past Friday.  We have Easter lilies, potted arrangements, crazy daisies, assorted bouquets – all of which are on sale during these last two weeks leading up to Easter.  In addition to those sale items, we have tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, Calla, Pixie or Oriental lilies, African violets, cyclamen, Gerbera daisies, mums, kalanchoes, mini roses and Reiger Begonias.  If you don’t see it on our display, it may be one of the items that will be arriving this coming weekend.  Stop in and pick up a little color to brighten any corner of the house, or even the dinner table.  It won’t be long now, and the sun will warm the soil enough that any of these potted plants can be transferred outside where you can enjoy them all summer long.