Why I Do What I Do

We all know that the only predictable thing about spring is that is unpredictable. Temperatures fluctuate from year to year, often throwing off flowering schedules. Last year, my summer flowers started blooming in spring and were spent by their regular blooming time. I loved the early warmth, but missed my summer garden. Spring has been a little cool for … Continue reading Why I Do What I Do

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

I really tried to finish this landscape project today.  Really!  I ran out of mulch at the same time I ran out of energy, and thunderstorms are moving our way. Time to concede this defeat.  But I came really close! I think I'm ready to take a breather from yard work for a couple of … Continue reading Close Only Counts in Horseshoes

Memorial Day Garden

When my father passed a few weeks ago, the fine folks at work gave me a sympathy card and a gift card to Milmont Greenhouses.  My boss had no idea that this is quite possibly my favorite place on Earth.  How fortuitous! Keeping with the intent of the gift, I decided to build a memorial garden … Continue reading Memorial Day Garden

A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Gardens

The last two weekends have been ideal for gardening, and I took full advantage.  I weeded, thinned, transplanted, dug and mulched until my muscles screamed - and I loved every minute of it, The highlight of my efforts is the new garden.  I ran out of space in my front yard, so I had to move … Continue reading A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Gardens

Spring = Work = Love

I don't need to tell you how happy I am to see my spring flowers in bloom!  I live for this moment every year, and every year I am charmed by their beauty. I just can't stop myself from surveying the beds at any given chance.  New patches of green leaves are emerging daily.  HOURLY … Continue reading Spring = Work = Love

The Best Day of the Year

I slept in my bedroom with the windows open last night. I've been looking forward to that moment all winter long. My heat is off, the sun is shining brightly, and my gardens are beginning to look like...well, gardens.  This is the BEST day of the year! I must emphasize that I slept in my … Continue reading The Best Day of the Year

O Spring, Spring. Wherefore Art Thou?

Nothing cures the winter blues like seeing your spring gardens bloom.... especially when it happens ahead of schedule.  During the ridiculously warm days of last year's early spring, I gleefully snapped photos of summer flowers blooming in April, unaware that the remainder of the summer would be bland and nearly colorless.  If this year's sluggish … Continue reading O Spring, Spring. Wherefore Art Thou?

Reclaiming the Backyard

I heard it before my car came to a complete stop.  Chainsaws, mulchers and the labored grunts of manual workers coming from behind my house.  Music to my ears! My neighbor's son and grandkids are clearing out the storm debris this week.  I can hear the mulcher roaring out the window behind me as I … Continue reading Reclaiming the Backyard

February Snow

I am not a fan of cold and dark days, but I do love me some snow.  Admittedly, I was more than a bit jealous yesterday as friends across the state triumphantly announced that snow was falling at their homes.  Even in Richmond, of all places.  I saw only a few random flakes throughout the day and had all but given up … Continue reading February Snow