Finally a few of the Red Hot Pokers I started from seed this Spring are blooming. The dragon fly is a true colorist.
Yesterday was a day of vegetation and flowers. While the morning market, along with the first fennel (who knew it would be wearable), was going on, about thirty people brought their flower arrangements to the gallery for the first Martinsville Flower Show. Perhaps first annual, as it was a lot of fun. And what creativity! […]
The crabapples were at peak beauty yesterday. In the morning a little less than half of the buds had popped open, and by afternoon I think they all were open, or at least 90%. I still miss the fourth in this line. Early on after I’d planted them it just gave up the ghost. So […]
The clivias in the house are blooming their little hearts out right now. This is the first year I have had five stalks of blooms going at the same time; hence, this is the first year I have noticed the fragrance. Really nice to walk by and pick up a waft of lily-like scent. Not […]
The first crocus are starting to peer through the winter debris. This is why I plant crocus. I wish I could remember in the Fall to plant some snowdrops as well, because those might even show up earlier. What a welcome sign, even though the ground was crusty with a thin layer of ice this […]
The witch hazel in the woods has not started blooming yet, but branches are ripe for forcing just now. Delightful on the kitchen window.
Today we learned that our friend, Chambliss Neil, died in the wee hours of the morning. Too soon, it seems, we know. We will miss her in many many ways. Conversations about everything from Middle Eastern politics to the rhododendrons in her yard. Questions about what plant to go where. An insatiable (seemingly) desire for […]
The dahlias were going strong for last Saturday’s market, the last of the season. Snapdragons, too, have been plentiful — to make up for the late start I gave them. I’ve come to enjoy gathering these weekly bouquets and putting together flowers for people in the middle of the week too. Here at the end […]
Kate needed a bouquet for her wedding yesterday afternoon. Outside at Marshall Point Lighthouse. She would be wearing a long white dress (traditional) and, as it turns out, sparkly white high top sneakers (non-traditional). He would be wearing slacks and a nice burgundy dress shirt. Could I come up with something? Am I ever glad […]
This is the first year that we’ve had any grapes to speak of. I still haven’t managed to trellis the vines on the barn and various out buildings the way I plan to, but I have started pruning them. Next year, the trellising…. Meanwhile, these growing on the corner of the barn were delicious. Most […]