Shenandoah Valley Plants Ready for Spring

Plants are starting to grow up here on our little mountain ridge!

The weeds are probably doing best, but the perennials are also making a decent showing.

The daffodils, as usual, were the first to break ground, but the achillea and chamomile weren’t far behind!

I’m also happy to see the garlic doing well (though needing […]

Crocus Brings First Color of Shenandoah Spring

purple crocus

It’s a small thing…a hint of color between the brown stems of last year’s goldenrod.

Every year I look forward to this little bit of bright color, and today was the day when every blossom opened.

Sometimes motivation comes in small packages!

I hope you enjoy the last weeks of winter. I’m […]

Lavender Crocus Brings a Little Spring Color

It’s not much, but I’ll take it! As I began clearing what will become my cutting garden, I finally found spring! I’ve never seen this little guy because this bed is normally overgrown with goldenrod. I am happy to finally see some fall color, even though next week’s forecast again includes snow.

lavender crocus


A Bouquet of Dozen Roses & Garlic Scapes

garlic scape bouquet

They might look like something out of a science-fiction movie, but I always think of Morticia Adams when I see garlic scapes — ¬†a bouquet of curvy, skinny stems with a garlicky scent and flavor . A woman who loved the stems more than the roses would certainly love the scapes […]

Spring Flowering in Shenandoah

A few days of warmth, and all of the plants are showing off. We also have a couple of brown thrashers searching for mates. I didn’t know how much they sound like mockingbirds, but the pair we have pick high spots and sing all day long.

I thought I’d share a few pics with you […]