My friend Kim and I both share a love of all things garden, so we planned a trip to a wonderful nursery on the other side of the mountain that she introduced me to several years ago. I also wanted to take her to lunch to celebrate her birthday. Of course, the day dawned damp and foggy, increasing to rain by the time we left. It did not dampen our spirits, although when we arrived at the restaurant afterwards, I looked particularly like I took a shower in the rain (I did) and that I jumped in a few puddles (I did). The name of the garden center is Milmont Greenhouses in Waynesboro, Virginia. I was looking for plants that I hadn’t been able to find anywhere in Charlottesville. The drive over is through some of the most beautiful countryside in Virginia. I try and take the back roads, because it is so lovely and peaceful a drive. By the time we arrived and I got my wagon and walked through the gate, the sky opened up and I got poured on. I was wet and decided it didn’t matter, I was going to enjoy all the beautiful plants and the mountain views. I found what I was looking for and a few extras, and Kim did as well. We laughed as we each found something prettier than the last plant…..it is a disease, gardening, and we both get a little giddy as we waltz between the aisles and from one greenhouse to the next then back outside again. More rain was not going to spoil our day! Below are a few photos of this wonderful place. It is owned and managed by Mennonites, and they must have the gardening gene, as everything here is always so vibrant and healthy and the people love what they do. We look forward to going back the end of September for their pumpkin festival and plant sale.
After a wonderful lunch at Kim’s favorite Mexcian restaurant here in the valley, we stopped at Home Depot next door to pick up a few odd and end things each of us needed for garden and home projects, and then we headed back to Charlottesville after a fun morning and afternoon. I dropped Kim off at her house, we unloaded her plants, and we enjoyed a warm cup of English tea that her sister brought over with her from a recent visit. Great day with a wonderful friend. I arrived home excited to plant, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by. Laters, charisse