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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oh Snow!

“Snow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity.”  -Novala Takemoto
“The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.”  ― E.E. Cummings

"The snow was whiter than what seemed possible." ―J. McSparin - 8th Grade

“Oh! the snow, the beautiful snow, Filling the sky and earth below, Over the housetops, over the street, Over the heads of the people you meet. Dancing, Flirting, and Skimming along.” -J.W. Watson

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Day

When all was said and done we measured just over 4 inches in our Virginia yard. The view out the kitchen window, while beautiful,  makes me long to be out in the garden covered in dirt and sweat. It is cold and will remain cold for some days to come. Perhaps when the snow is gone there will be some green poking can hope.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


You've got to love Facebook for providing the weather humor commensurate with the hype that has been all over the news that last 24 hours. Admittedly the south does not have the necessary equipment and salt stockpile to deal with the roadways adequately. I did wander to the beach house to bulk up the bird feeders while the temperature was 57 and the sun was shining.
My winter kale is quite happy in it's southern exposure. The camera didn't quite capture the true screaming violet color. They make me happy when I look at them.
The reliable Camellia's are blooming a pretty soft Valentine's pink.

The plumes of the pampas grass rustled softly in the breeze.

 I wandered to the was gorgeous! Sunny, warm.....
 A couple of our beaches regular's came down to surf for a bit.

 Dolphins were lazily surfacing in a large school of fish that had the pelicans diving.

 Loyal dog goes for swim.
 And takes a good post-swim roll on the sand.

Sigh....spring and summer I long for you. Meanwhile......