We are having friends over for dinner tonight. Good friends. Lovely friends. They are neighbors of ours, and live just down on the lake. They are the kind of friends that know we are straight out with all the hustle and bustle of the nursery and growing plants. They are the kind of friends that show up here after closing with homemade John’s ice cream and a few beers. I think sometimes they save us from ourselves, we would keep working on through the evening even if it means wearing a headlamp. Don’t laugh, we do this! They come and make us stop, and we love them for this. So, in honor of summer ( and food) and these very good friends, dinner plans have been made. Our first thought was to actually leave the farm to enjoy dinner over at their place on the lake. Swell idea, really. But then we got to thinking……so many plants are in bloom. So many amazing spring woodlanders that Kari will want to see. So, dinner here at Fernwood, along with a guided tour around the gardens. We promise not to do any weeding as we walk around!
Phlox stolonifera ‘Home Fires’ along with Double trillium
This little beauty turns 21 years old today. We celebrated Zoe’s birthday last night, with more hoopla planned for today. Friends gathered for cake and well wishes. Lots of smiles and hugs. People came who have known Zoe her whole life, and others who have been witness to her more recent years of young adulthood. It was great and I cried. Twenty one, whew! Happy, Happy, Birthday, Zoe!
Early this morning, we wandered around the nursery, checking out some other beauties that are also bringing joy to our days.
Alchemilla mollis, Primula kisoana, and Mertensia virginica