14 02, 2013

Greetings from Wilmington, NC

2018-03-08T16:53:16+00:00

Loropetalum beginning to bloom in our front yard After what always seems like an eternity (in other words, getting through January), I made it down here to Steve's in Wilmington.  I've been here a week and, already, I feel the relaxation and calm streaming into my body and the stress and tension slowly draining out.  The air is not all that much warmer down here--though I don't [...]

Greetings from Wilmington, NC 2018-03-08T16:53:16+00:00
17 03, 2012

Kinda Pretty Here in Arlington Right Now

2012-03-17T17:53:29+00:00

Beautiful week one is now running into beautiful week two here at Woodland Cottage.  It's astounding.  I'll let the pics speak. The Loropetalum has never been more floriferous... Heavenly scent...

Kinda Pretty Here in Arlington Right Now 2012-03-17T17:53:29+00:00
10 01, 2012

Often, I Don’t See the Forest for the Trees

2012-01-23T15:02:06+00:00

I work outside, in Nature, almost every day of my life, either in my own gardens, in Arlington or Wilmington, or in other's gardens.  Yet I miss so much of the beautiful detail because I am so caught up in the "doing" versus the "being".  I'll bet a lot of my landscaping co-horts can sympathize with this realization.  How many times have you gotten to June 1st and thought, [...]

Often, I Don’t See the Forest for the Trees 2012-01-23T15:02:06+00:00
6 01, 2012

Honeybees in January!

2012-01-23T15:03:38+00:00

What a glorious day to be alive here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic (I'm borrowing this phrase from my magical friend, H/D).  On my daily walk through the garden this morning, I stopped in front of the biggest Leatherleaf Mahonia, Mahonia bealei, and lo and behold, the half-open blossoms are covered with honeybees.  Very active and happy honeybees--in JANUARY.  This may not be the earliest they've emerged to feast on [...]

Honeybees in January! 2012-01-23T15:03:38+00:00
22 03, 2010

The Sweet Scents of Spring

2010-03-22T16:49:42+00:00

It never fails: every year, I am happily surprised by the powerful scents of early spring here in my garden. I have scented flowers all over my garden throughout the growing season, of course, yet these early ones get my blood pumping. Walking through, I encounter sweetness at every turn. Entering the front walk, I have a big Variegated Winter Daphne, Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'. The pink buds open to [...]

The Sweet Scents of Spring 2010-03-22T16:49:42+00:00