flowers friends fins

A photo heavy post.

Over the weekend, Mr. Cottage and I went on a shopping trip to my favorite nursery and water garden business.

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Milmont Garden Center is a Mennonite owned an operated business in the Shenandoah Valley.  When I step into this place, a peaceful calm surrounds me.

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It is herb nirvana for me.  My olfactory senses are on overload.  I walk up and down the row of herbs, touching and feeling and smelling.  I simply can’t help myself.

Eye Candy everywhere!

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A sea of shamrocks.

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Imagine all the luck!

Outside, row after row of plants, shrubs and trees are all calling to me.  The melody echoes off the mountains.

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I can’t think of a more beautiful setting to spend time with the husband, and our friends.

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Here, our friends are picking out plants for their garden.

It was hard to leave all this color behind.

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A short drive away we arrive at another family owned business Springdale Water Gardens.

The storefront is in an old barn on the property.

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It is still early in the season, much too cool for the water plants to make a showing.  They are kept in the greenhouses until warm temps arrive.

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Whimsical garden art is being unpacked as we arrive.

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Mr. Cottage heads into the shop to purchase a new pump for our pond.

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I headed over to the fish building, where I purchased 3 apricot comet fish.

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With our purchases stowed in the trunk we head for home.

Just down the road from the water garden business is an old quarry.   The exposed rock provides interesting shapes and colors.

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Saw this building on the way back, I love the bright color.

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Back home, we introduce the comets to their new swimming grounds.

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Gilligan, gives a big hello welcome to the hood.

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Today the weather has turned cold and rainy.  April showers…

I hope your weekend was enjoyable.

See you later, Bye!

Kim

barn raisin’

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Earlier this summer I received a wonderful gift.  Something I’ve always wanted.

 It was hand-made by my dad so it couldn’t have been any better.

Not really a barn – it is actually a Purple Martin house.

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Betsy Beagle supervises the installation.

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Dad and Mr. Cottage working on a plan.

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A job well done.

A pair of blue birds were checking it out the other week.

 Hopefully by spring the Purple Martins will have arrived and moved in.

My dad turned 82 last week, he is still rocking it!

See you later, Bye!

Kim

squash or one-eyed squid

Macro Monday – squash

I  attach my favorite macro lens and head out to the garden.

Our squash plants are finally putting on a good show.

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Do you see it?

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I see plants that resemble underwater oddities.  You know deep ocean intricacies.

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Oh and those wicked thorny hairs.

Is that squash or a sea urchin?

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Beware of the white fury monster that lurks behind the leaves.

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In a day or two my plate will be full with one-eyed squid.

Yum!

See you later, Bye!

Kim