Butterfly Bush – Should it Stay or Should it Go?

monarch butterfly

I have a native plant dilemma…

Saturday I attended the the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association “Garden in the Valley” Symposium. The final speaker of the day, Janet Davis, is the co-owner of Hill House Farm and Nursery, here in Virginia. Janet did what any good speaker should do…she made me […]

Lilacs in Full Bloom

Most of the lilacs on the farm are in full bloom. The landscape is tinted lavender (or lilac, as the case may be), and the air smells wonderful.

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lilac blooms

lilac flowers

lilacs on the lane

lilacs on the lane

Lilac Bloom Beginning

And so it begins!

My favorite time of year on the farm has started with the first little buds of lilac opening. We have lilacs and lilac hedges along our lane, most of the yard, as well as the house. The smell is amazing! We still have magnolia and daffodil scenting the air, so […]

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 […]