Rosemary plants“Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme” is the name of a classic album released by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966. At one time or another, Rudy’s Happy Patch Market has had all four of the afore-mentioned herbs available to customers.

Right now, only rosemary is available for customer enjoyment. It is used as a spice or garnish in the home or garden, but primarily in the kitchen. Mediterranean dishes benefit from sprigs of rosemary; e.g., pasta and breads.

Rosemary is also used as a fragrance in soaps and skin care items. The bright but soothing scent is often used in candles. The herb has even been used medicinally to help improve memory.

At Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, many pots of rosemary are available now. In the photo above, a three-pot display welcomes visitors at the southern entrance to the market.

Awan at Fire PitOn an unseasonably cool day like today, nothing is more popular on the campus of Perry Wellness Center than the fire box pit. Designed and constructed by artist and designer Jeff Williams, it has been a peer gathering spot for several years.

Today, peer Awan Smith, pictured above, is combining the comforting warmth of a fire with some preparations for spring. A gathered pile of trimmed vines and limbs stoke the pit. 
Soon the spot will welcome peers during breaks from groups and other indoor activities. In the meantime, Awan fuels the fire box with another load of yard debris.

Stay warm, everyone – spring IS coming.

Planted Snowball TreesOn the southeast corner of the Perry Wellness Center campus, a flurry of Snowball blooms quickly catches the eye. They are mature trees, grounded in the soil, rather than the young bushes sold at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. Those spots currently stand empty.

PWC founder and CEO Stuart Perry explains, “We have sold all of the Snowball plants that I can locate from area growers. Each time we take them on a Mobile Market trip, we sell out. I hope these mature trees remind customers and staff of the beauty they offer.”

He plans to purchase and sell all additional Snowball bushes that can be found from local growers. In the meantime, he plans to enjoy the sight of all the blooming plants that surround him.

Gerbera Daisies 2023At Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, staffers have often discovered the “dark side” of success; namely, selling out the inventory for a popular item. This happened last year due to the popularity of Gerbera daisies. Their vibrant colors on display led to them becoming the first plants to sell out.

“We try to place best sellers in a high visibility area at Happy Patch,” Perry Wellness Center founder and CEO Stuart Perry explains. “I guess we tried too hard last year with our Gerbera daisies. I have located many more to offer customers this year.”

In the photo above, a new display table offers a variety of hardy, colorful Gerbera daisies to market customers.

Cattle Tub PlantersIf you browse decorating magazines, you’ve probably spotted repurposed cattle watering tubs. More and more, they are used for larger plantings and home and business sites. Some decorators leave the tubs with their natural metal color, while others enjoy applying printing to them to match a corporate or college spots color scheme.

At Perry Wellness Center, such reclaimed objects are found around the campus, with many painted and placed there by artist and designer Jeff Williams. Recently, peer client Kelvin Mullins planted some young collard plants in fresh, bagged soil. The finishing touch: they were placed in vibrant blue painted tubs.

Kelvin says, “I am proud of my planting in these tubs. They are not at the entrance to Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, but we can move them close to direct sun in later weeks. This was a fun project!”

In the photo above, Kelvin Mullins displays to galvanized tubs he has filled at the east side entry to Rudy’s Happy Patch Market.


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