In my last post, which seems days ago, I said I wanted to do a Spring tour. This is historic Garden Week in Virginia, an annual April event of Open Houses and gardens of historical interest. Two years ago I was asked to be part of a decorating team to get a beautiful 200 year old country home ready for the tour. I was given the garden room to spruce up. What a treat! Of course, since I buy and sell old stuff I did the room in old bird cages and several large church bird houses I had made and put gorgeous old shawls on the porch furniture. The floor of the garden room was old brick and so pretty. I had old pitchers filled with Spring flowers everywhere and the table set for tea. Anyway....lol...I digress. It seems I am not going to be able to take a tour this week and snap photos for you so I snapped away this past weekend my little part of the world. I have a terrific hair dresser who is a very talented artist also. Soon I will be showcasing some of her work in my boutique but for now I wanted to show you parts of her yard. It's always so much fun going to Susie's to get my hair done. This is an archway she made from grapevines at the entrance to the walkway to her salon. Just inside of it is a little pond she and her husband built. When I was there Friday there was the biggest ol' frog sunning himself on the patio and right next to that is Susie's purple bench. Ya gotta love a purple bench.
Friday evening we once again ventured to the County Seat for supper and dined al fresco. The table was laid with a beautiful old floral tablecloth and a tiny vase of sweet pansies and the weather was absolutely glorious. The country Courthouse is right across the street so I pulled out my camera and took a little walk. The Courthouse was first built in 1783 but burned down and was rebuilt in 1849. It is a masterpiece of Greek revival architecture. Part of the Confederate army retreating from Richmond, passed here on April 4, 1865. There is a small four seasons gardens the local garden club put in just behind it. It's a sweet little garden and filled with herbs, seasonal flowers and veggies. In one corner there was a nice little patch of asparagus growing. I was tempted to pick a few but I didn't. :) By the time I got back to my table dinner was served. YUM! Tilapia, tuna and swordfish chunks baked in a rich four cheese sauce, topped with a savory bread crumb mixture and garnished with grilled shrimp. Served with a tall glass of sweet tea. Good grief, now I'm hungry!
I have a tiny little lilac I planted three years ago and it has yet to bloom but my friend Cindy called Saturday morning to say her lilac bushes were loaded and in full bloom and come on by and pick a bunch and I did. :)
A little stroll through the gardens at CedarHill does indeed say "Spring Marvelous Spring".
On Sunday I went to visit Mom. She is 84 years old and still maintains her sweet little cottage including cutting her grass even though she has had both hips replaced. She has a little vegetable garden out back and grows so many flowers. I wish I had just a little piece of her green thumb. A lot of the plants in my gardens have come from cuttings from her. One of these photos was taken peeking out of a bedroom window at her pink camellia. Golly....it was so beautiful it took your breath away.
After leaving Mom's I stopped in on one of my favorite haunts and found this fabulous antique oil painting for the boutique. Love the lilacs and the pansies. Does that say Spring or what? The old oil shows its battle scars but I love this piece. The artist was quite good.
I saw my first humming bird yesterday. It was a male ruby throated hummer and he drank for quite a long time at a new feeder I put up this year. The weather man is calling for a freeze tonite so I covered up my hydrangeas and azaleas with sheets. They look so funny. Ben was growling at them. Maybe he thinks it's a ghost. Hope you enjoyed my little Virginia garden week tour. Until next time.......xo Lynn
P.S. My computer is acting up and has to go for a check up later this week so if you visit me and leave a comment I may not be able to reciprocate for a while. Wishing you lots of warm sunshine and good things.