Friday, April 24, 2009

Milmont flowers and spring

Entrance to Milmont Greenhouses

Milmont entrance to outdoor garden area

Perennials, trees, and shrubs with Blue Ridge Mountains in background.

Front drive into Milmont. These flowers will be overflowing their borders soon.
We are still three weeks from our last frost date in the Shenandoah Valley because, traditionally, May 15th signals that it is safe to plant outdoors. But many buy annuals early for planting in pots and flower boxes so that, if frost or a cold snap comes, they can be set inside. Meanwhile, the plants get a jump on growing and we have mature plants faster.

Today I met a friend at McAlister's Deli in Waynesboro where we ate lunch on the patio in the warmth of a Valley spring day overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then we headed 10 minutes south to Milmont Nursery in Stuarts Draft. I buy my flowers from them every year ... they have a gazillion varieties, they guarantee the health of the plants, and the greenhouses are clean, neat, and enjoyable for shopping. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and the view of the Blue Ridge is astounding.

I stocked up on annuals and picked up the first of the garden veggies requested by SWAC Husband. These will be covered on cold nights and will be fine, and then I'll go back to pick up other fill-in annuals and veggies.

It was low 80s today and sunny, and should be even warmer over the weekend. Everyone was out in shorts and t-shirts ... Milmont was hopping with gardners ready to get a jump on the season and get their hands in the dirt.

It's spring in the Shenandoah Valley....

Photos by SWAC Girl
Lynn Mitchell
April 24, 2009

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