A Few Late Flower Bloomers in Shenandoah

holdout flowers in bloom

We had a very warm couple of days over the holiday weekend, and a few plants still think it’s summer. Some are putting out a few blooms in the drought-tolerant pollinator garden, even though most of the same species of plants are already setting seed.

Annual Garden Impatiens, Impatiens […]

Aster Blooms in Autumn

asters in bloom

Two dreary days in a row. This year, that’s pretty common. Shenandoah National Park reported on their Facebook page this week “To date this year we have had nearly 80 inches of rain, more than 25 inches than usual.”

So while the day is gray, the perennials are still colorful, […]

Orange Autumn Blooms in the Shenandoah Valley

orange flowers in bloom

It’s a a gray, dreary day in the Shenandoah Valley. It finally feels like Autumn is here, which is a bittersweet realization. It means the butterflies and other critters are headed south or overwintering, and the flowers are starting to fade. The birds are already enjoying the seed from […]

Late Spring and Gardening in the Shenandoah Valley

Late March and April in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is a constant “will it, or won’t it?” with the weather.

Will it rain?

Will it snow?

Will the wind blow down trees?

Will the sun come out?

Will it stay shady for days?


Seedlings. Snow in March (as shown here on the 21st) isn’t […]

Passamaquoddy Loop Hike in Shenandoah National Park

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

How nice! Instead of expecting a gift from its guests, NPS gave a gift to the public: free admission at national parks.

Hubby and I took advantage of the free entry by visiting Shenandoah National Park for a hike.


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