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

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Day After the Storm

Peaceful morning...
Bird Party!
The Woodpecker is back...

A bird's gotta eat, no matter what the weather!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snowy Saturday Things

The birds were at the feeders like mad all day...
The cardinals were happy for the seed I tossed on the porch.

Dog joy!

I thought this looked cool...

Snowing to beat the band!

The birch trees nooks and crannies were filled with snow...

Even the crevices of the seedpods caught a few flakes.

Snowy Pampas grass.

Empty roadway...

A peaceful, pleasant day.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Calm Before the Storm...

What is that rhyme?? Red sky at night sailors delight, red sky in the morning, sailor take warning? With a Winter Storm Watch in effect, perhaps there is something to it....
Someone should tell my daylillies...they are poking their noses through the leaf mulch.

I wonder if they know that depending on where you are around here... there is anywhere from icing to 15 inches of snow predicted!

The wind was up at the ocean front...

And the high clouds quietly slid in front of the sun....

These Camelias will have a tougher go of it tomorrow morning I think.

I remember the first time I traveled to North Carolina in winter and saw these blooming, I was totally psyched that something so colorful could punch through the late winter blah's.

While this is a mere shadow of it's former blue glory, there is something delicately beautiful in the dried flower head that remains.

No snow yet, but my pajamas are on inside out and I am considering putting a spoon under my pillow and some such other silly things my kids do to bring on the snow!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Road Trip to Massanutten Virginia

Route 33 ....driving toward the mountains. So different from the coastal plain!
All of a sudden their was MAJOR fog!

There had been an icing earlier in the day...the trees looked sugar coated.

The ice remained at the top of the mountain, but tiny buds underneath say spring is eventually coming...

These deer had no reaction to cars or humans...they just walked along looking for their snack.

Right outside our condo...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Decidedly Un-gardeny....But Cool Trip!

She is sooo beautiful! I can only imagine what my great grandmother must have thought as the "America" pulled into the harbor, and this was the thing that greeted her.

St Patrick'sCathedral

Hercules in Rockefeller Center

A great garden water feature at Rockefeller Center.


" Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times."