Monday, May 21, 2012

Goats and Roses

Okay, I could NOT resist!  As long as I'm taking you touring anywhere but my garden, I had to share this photo, taken off Long  Ridge Road in Virginia Beach.  This goat was just sitting in her chair, looking outrageously comfortable.  No other option but to stop everything and snap this photo.

Incidentally, the goat's "garden" looks about like mine.  <sigh>

True to form, this isn't my garden either - it's my mother-in-law's yard and the mother of my own lovely Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'). I just found this on the camera.  Exposure is a bit off but you can still see the arching habit and amazing May flowers that make this rose such a special garden highlight.  Roots from cuttings - no thorns or pests that I've ever found.  Ours used to be wa-ay out back on the pump house, which it threatened to engulf, so early this spring I yanked it out - dug and chopped and swore and made all kinds of tender promises - and I put it along a length of fence near the house where it survived -even bloomed a bit - and where it promises to copy its mother... just like this!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May? Already? Already Mostly Over?

Mile 7.8 South on the Dismal Swamp Canal Bike Path (formerly route 17)
You'll notice this sure isn't a photo of my garden.  But it's a good shot of where I've been instead of gardening!  Seems like any decent day I'm out - either on the Back Bay/False Cape trails south of Sandbridge beach or on the amazing Dismal Swamp Canal Bike Path. Can you believe this?  Chesapeake VA set aside almost 10 miles of two lane highway -seriously! no cars! - right along the beautiful canal (which you can't see in this shot) strictly for cyclists, runners, walkers and even horses.  When I started biking to get ready for The Great Bicycle Tour,  the 200 mile ride I'm doing this July to benefit the San Mar Children's Home, that field over there on the right was bare.  Now the wheat is soon ready to be harvested.   - - - Unlike anything in my garden.  Ha. - - -

But all is well.  The decidedly neglected looking landscapes around our farm are just counterpoint to the Over-Three-Thousand dollars raised to help the kids at San Mar.  Whooo hoooo!

I just hope that some of those fig cuttings I sent out earlier this spring made it.  I know some didn't (very sad, very sad) but I do know that some went out to folks with as much experience as I have... and more!.... so hopefully little trees are starting by now.  And lawd, but I'm glad to see from everyone else's blog that Somebody is out there gardening!   Sure hasn't been me!!