“Grow,” “blossom,” “flourish” and ”thrive”: These verbs all apply to springtime but also to all things New Orleans. It is time for leaves to sprout, flowers to bloom and color to ignite our gardens. This city may arguably be one of the showiest in the nation with balconies and front porches covered with explosions of flowers cascading outward, downward and everywhere. We are lucky to have such an early season. It almost makes you feel a bit guilty if you consider how much longer our friends to the north must wait for some green in their lives. Soak it up! This month we feature an amazing bonsai creation by Guy Guidry of Bonsai Northshore, stunning flowers you will want to gather up and tow home from The Plant Gallery and some very special French luminaires from The Garden Gate.

A Change of Season

Petal Pusher
A colorful selection of springtime flowers on a wagon at The Plant Gallery

A Change of Season

Bonsai!
A decades-old Chinese Hackberry (Celtis sinensis), originally found by Guy Guidry as it struggled to grow up from the cracks in the sidewalk along Lake Pontchartrain, in a handmade ceramic pot specifically for this tree
From Bonsai Northshore

A Change of Season

Springtime Squared
Top row: Rieger begonia, white columbine, Goldcap pocketbook Middle row: Raspberry bougainvillea, yellow Cattleya orchid, Linaria Bottom row: Orange nasturtium, neon pothos, blue columbine
From The Plant Gallery

A Change of Season

Gone to Pot
Anduze Luminaires imported from Saint-Jean-de-Fos, France, shown here in aqua, red and yellow with a pomegranate lid. Flowers, from left: Pink Pixie Eye primrose, orange Dendrobium orchid, white Phalaenopsis orchid, purple salvia and white Pixie Eye primrose
From The Garden Gate