Chronicaling the lunacy of taming three acres in Tidewater Virginia, one square foot at a time!

"Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Trip Up North

Just back from a trip up North to the Greater Philadelphia-South Jersey area (exit 4 for those who can relate). Some of the most awesome "gardeny" things happen up there....

The Philadelphia Flower Show in early Spring comes at a time when gardeners are itching itching to get outside but largely unable because of the still frozen ground and freezing conditions. The PFS is just the "drug" you need at that time to get you through 'til its time to dig.

One of my other favorites is Longwood Gardens No matter what time of the year this place rocks! Even at Christmas it is an awesome horticultural display!

Didn't visit either of those- but I did visit the garden of my friend Lyn.... this garden rocks she has been spending her free time in the summer installing rock pathways tucking them here and there and generally working like an animal. Is there anything more satisfying than coming in filthy from a day spent in the garden with your face sun kissed and every muscle aching...its the best kind of tired that brings the best sort of sleep. simple and reliable.

I am a goof for Hydrangea...I thought this one is the coolest color.

Eagles nest spotted at the tip of the Eastern Shore just before exiting the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was high noon so the picks could be better...Just awesome to observe the construction of this nest.

And in the category of, "What the Heck Is It?" This intensely thorny shrub(?) with these green fruit(?)nuts(?) is growing in that yard. I have googled my brains out trying to figure out what it is....Do you know????

Well- now back to my little acres and work..

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