Cherry Blossoms @ Heath

IMG_1612    IMG_1617The peak blooms for the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin in the District of Columbia were on Thursday, April 10th, but the buds on our tree at Heath have just started flowering. We are 28 miles from Washington and at a much higher elevation. Located in the western part of Virginia, this makes the soil conditions and climate drastically different from within the city, and causes our cherry blossoms to mature a few weeks later.

IMG_2803Lately, we have notice community members driving up to our home taking pictures of the tree since, they missed the festivities and the Cherry Blossom Parade in the District. A few of the neighbors will actually get out of their cars to ask if they may photograph the blossoms. But, no matter what your vantage may be while taking pictures of this tree, your photographs are surely going to turn out absolutely gorgeous!

Photograph stylishly,

Spring at Heath

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I will get back to posting on the “Silk Road” series as soon as possible, but right now I must attend to a few items around Heath, primarily the garden. There is much work to be done, such as clearing and tilling the grounds, mapping out rows, and transplanting a fig and rose bush to a safer position within the garden. The beds have been edged with a shovel, tossing the dirt back onto the bed to give the row a neater look.

The southeastern portion of the property is flourishing compared to the northern edge so, I staked the peonies in this quadrant and neatened up the Crepe Myrtle.



Since, our garden is off a heavily wooded area I have found that it is imperative to select the right plants to sow so, that we keep the majority of wildlife at bay. I planted turnip and mustard greens this morning, which will be used in soups, stews and mostly stir-fries for the warmer months ahead. The deer are not fond of these greens and will leave them for other items around the grounds.

I always enjoy photographing the garden in all of the seasons to use as a frame of reference when planning. I draft the garden onto paper and use the photos to determine where to place various plants. This is a handy tool that makes crop rotating easier in the following seasons.


After several days of pulling weeds and thinning plants on my hands and knees, there is nothing like coming into the house for a chilled glass of Trefethen Chardonnay and then sitting on the deck with the garden in view.

A Votre Santé!