Daffodil Paradise

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We’ve just spent the day in daffodil paradise… or the nearest to it in Virginia.

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We drove north across the York River to Gloucester County to visit Brent and Beck Heath’s gardens and garden shop at their daffodil farm.

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Penny, in the shop, invited us to come back regularly as the gardens continue to transform every few weeks through the season.

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These gardens demonstrate the many shrubs, trees, perennials, and of course, bulbs, which grow well here in coastal Virginia.

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Meticulously planted and groomed, we were astounded at the wealth of beautiful growth already visible in the gardens this early in the season.

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We visited only the first few areas of the gardens today.  The many acres are divided by theme, as you might expect.  I was particularly interested in the bird and butterfly garden and the native plant gardens.

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Walking through these gardens has my head spinning with new ideas of how plants may be used and grown together to create beautiful spaces.

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And it is only April….

The Gloucester Daffodil Festival begins this coming Saturday, April 11 and continues on Sunday, April 12.

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The village is in full preparation mode, with daffodils blooming literally everywhere.  Daffodil themed wreathes and ornaments grace most doors.  Trees in front yards are decorated with round kissing balls covered in flowers.  If you are within driving distance, and love flowers, this is a festival which shouldn’t be missed.

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We just wanted to see the flowers, and so popped in for a quiet visit today ahead of the crowds.  Even on a cool and rainy spring day, we were dazzled.

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I’ll show you more of the photos we took over the next few days.    And honestly, I have a few things waiting to be planted up…

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When you’re planning to make your next purchase of bulbs, please keep Brent and Becky in mind.  They have a beautiful nursery right here in Virginia.

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Everyone we met there today was absolutely kind, helpful, and delighted to be a part of their operation.  The prices are fair and the stock healthy and robust.  There are hundreds of pots filled with flowering spring bulbs just waiting to go home with you to your garden, and bags of summer bulbs waiting for you in the shop.

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And by the way, if you do make the trip to Gloucester this spring, please remember to stop at Short Lane for home made ice cream on your way home.  It is absolutely the best of the best.

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