Pink Magnolia in Bloom

I take dozens of pictures of this tree (and its sister) each spring. The colors are so pretty — deep magenta before the buds open, dark pink when open, and pale pink as the flowers fade. Part of what makes the tree so beautiful is the lack of leaves getting in the way. I also […]

Bloomin Fruit Trees in Virginia’s Mountains

Our overgrown and poorly maintained fruit trees are in full bloom, and the bees are having a field day!

We haven’t had time to rein in the fruit. I’ve trimmed one of our peaches, trying to bring it a little under control, but with its multiple trunks, it looks like it was never well maintained. […]

Nature’s First Green is Gold in the Shenandoah Valley

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leafs a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. – Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost

If you have ever doubted the literal truth […]

80 Degrees in March – Wordless Wednesday

hammock and the mountains

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

Spring I Tell Ya!

I swear it’s spring. 70 degree days…flower buds trying to burst…fuzzy pussywillows… So why does the calendar say March 13? Is it some cruel joke? Will another April Fool’s Snow ruin all of this precious life? Let’s hope not. In the meantime, I choose to believe it’s spring!

pussywillow buds

magnolia buds