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 […]

Saving Seed and Handmade Packets


Seedheads are maturing in the garden, so it’s time to start collecting!

I like to look the stems of some plants to know when it’s time to collect the seeds. With the gaillardia at right, the three left seed heads aren’t ready to collect, but the two on the right are. (Click […]

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 […]

Reorganizing Seed Packets in the Snow

previously organized seed packets

We’ve had one whopper of a snowstorm this year, as well as several smaller snowfalls. We had over two feet during the first real snow of the year!

I love the first snow, even if it’s a lot, especially when it comes on the heels of an 80-degree Christmas. […]