Attack of the Giant Dandelions – Tragopogon

huge dandelion in seed

Yep, I kid you not — giant dandelions have invaded the gardens. Well, they go by several names, as well, including salsify and goat’s beard, but the big white fluffy seedheads look like dandelions… only larger!

They started out innocent enough — pretty little yellow flowers.

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Blackberries Are Ripening in Shenandoah


Blackberries are coming in on the farm now. They started turning about two weeks ago, and I’ve consistently picked enough for my morning breakfast. I love blackberries over plain yogurt drizzled with local honey. Tim doesn’t care for berries, mostly because of the seeds, so this morning task is mine alone.

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Tansy – Another New-to-Me Flower in the Garden

The walls of “the barn” are covered in nails, which are the perfect spots to hang flowers to dry. These yellow flowers look like they would make nice dried flowers or cut flowers.

They look like Tansy to me and this botanical drawing seems to support it, but I’ve not been able to verify by […]

Hibiscus is Blooming in the Valley

The woman who planted the shrubs here on the farm took a lot of time to ensure a constant bloom. Now that it’s July, the hibiscus has started to bloom, and we have at least two varieties: a pink and a white. – Stacey Morgan Smith #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left;
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white hibiscus

white hibiscus and buds

pink hibiscus and buds

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