Pink Magnolia Blooms in the Shenandoah Valley

I love these pink blooms, and I took some pictures today at lunch before the wind and snow wreak havoc on their beauty.

Yep — a storm is a comin’, and there’s a chance of snow here in the Shenandoah Valley. (This winter is holding on with jagged claws!)

This is the season of yellow […]

Plant ID Field Trip to Blandy Experimental Farm

Our Master Gardener class recently took a plant-ID field trip to Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia. The field trip was lead by Mary Stickley-Godinez of Countryside Nurseries.

If you haven’t been, you need to add it to your “things to do” list. It is a beautiful place, and that’s with only one wildflower (that I […]

Spring Plants and Flowers Leaping to Life

The upside of a long, cold, dark winter is that spring is even more lovely when it finally appears. In the last few days the signs of life remind me why we chose this little ridgetop in the far western part of the state. It’s cold and windy, but it’s also absolutely beautiful when the […]

Winchester Daffodil Show Garden Club of Virginia

Daffodil Flyer

I stopped in to the Garden Club of Virginia’s 80th annual Daffodil show Wednesday when I had time to kill between appointments.

It was a nice chance to appreciate the beauty of this pretty spring flower. I’ve always loved daffodils as one of the first bulbs of spring, but I’ve never […]

Finally a Daffodil

first daffodil

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