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

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Day in the Refuge

Started in September 2009, the restoration of the Bodie Light is well under way! Read more here:
Further into the Hatteras Seashore is another favorite place, the Pea Island Refuge...I love to see what birds are hanging out. Today a whole flock of red winged blackbirds were perched on the tops of various plants...a long wait if they were looking for bugs...too cold and windy.

The Ibis were flying to and fro without any visible purpose...

The snow geese in a lather over something!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Itch Had to Be Scratched!

I could stand it no more!!! I don't care that the countdown calendar says 27 more days til spring....the dirt was calling to me today!! At a balmy 53 degrees, which felt like San Juan, compared to our weather lately...I boldly joined other crazies looking for things to plant at the big box store. I came away with a fist full of seeds, some violas and 2 small birdsnest evergreens to plant near the deck steps.

Lot's of evidence of perennial herbs poking through the soil. The Bradford Pears have swelling buds. The Iris are about 3 inches up...and daffodils are not springing up all over.

Now, I would never actually eat this stuff, but I do think it is one of the prettiest plants in terms of contrast, bright color to an incredible dark green. It also looks great mixed into a planter. Peas are just see if any actually make it into the house and into a meal. To me they are irresistable to eat out if hand standing in the garden.

Along with the radish, there is arugala which when topped with blue cheese dressing is a mouth full of heaven...YUM!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010