Whew…lists of things to do. This is Virginia Garden week and we here at our Northern Virginia inn are getting ready for 900 people to descend upon us this Saturday, April 21, as L’Auberge Provencale is number 1 on the tour of houses in Clarke County. Our maintenance staff and I have been busy (with a little help from Winey and Cheesey) getting the grounds in tip top shape.
- Mulch Around All Trees
- Prune the fruit trees
- Plant the spring vegetable garden plants
- Plant the beautiful Provencale pots and hanging baskets for our terrace and porch
- Cut down the tulips which bloomed too early and tie up all the daffodils
- Go on a crazy plant buying spree
Fluff all the pillows, and hope it doesn’t rain! Of course, you know they are predicting thunderstorms for Saturday in our beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our chef are happily cooking with local ramps, asparagus, morels, sorrel, lovage and fresh herbs from our gardens and edible flowers as well. It is a great time to visit Virginia, and the beauty is busting out all over.
There is the usual mess to clean up after a day of planting..but what a beautiful reward we get from all the pots planted and on the southern Virginia style porch. Come out and enjoy the terrace for dinner at our bed and breakfast, the next time you are visiting the countryside of the Shenandoah Valley.