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 […]

Purple Flowers Blooming – Periwinkle and Grape Hyacinth

More spring making a showing this morning. Hoping we are finally done with snow for the season!

grape hyacinth


*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

Spring has Sprung in the Lower Shenandoah Valley


A chill wind was blowing today in Roanoke, Virginia, but the trees and plants weren’t hiding their buds. The early Spring weather and warmer-than-usual nights brought early leaves and flowers.

Mom and Dad moved us to Roanoke when I was a junior in high school, way back in 1990. That’s when NorfolkSouthern consolidated […]

Spring Bulbs Blooming in Shenandoah

It’s amazing what can happen in a couple of days!

I try to walk around the yard daily, but I’ve been working pretty long hours in the office this week, so I missed a lot. This evening I saw the first yellow daffodils, the first pink blush of hyacinth, and the first bright blue of […]