Forsythia and Life in a Cold Pocket

I tell Master Gardener friends that I live on a cold little ridge in the western part of Shenandoah County. Some of them tease me that I’m imagining it’s colder “up here” at 1,300+ feet, but it truly is! When you add in that chilly breeze from West Virginia blowing through the gap, it’s downright […]

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 […]

Spring Color Starting to Show

I’m stretching here when I say we are seeing color, but I am really ready for lilacs, daffodils, and peach blossoms. From a hint of purple on the double-flowered lilac to a blush of blue on glory of the snow, I had to hunt high and low to see spring, but I did find a […]

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 […]

Late Spring versus Early Spring in Shenandoah

Winter is hanging on this year! As we cleared more brush today from those long-neglected flower beds, there was still a distinct chill in the air. In the sun, it wasn’t too bad, but working in the shadow was downright cold!

Last year we had an unseasonably early warmup..and this year it’s unseasonably late. ┬áCheck […]