It’s that time a year again when everything feels fresh and new. Every day the leaves are bigger on the trees, daffodils sprinkle our vista and to our surprise and delight, there are peach blossoms. We were certain the freeze in March did them in. The orchard opens today and we’re looking forward to seeing all of our old friends again.

Last week I took Amtrak to Pennsylvania to visit a friend. We spent a lovely, warm sunny day at Longwood Gardens wandering along paths that wind through 1077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in the Brandywine Creek Valley region of Pennsylvania. We saw spectacular displays of spring flowers in huge beds, lingered by the Italian Water Garden and spent a couple of hours in the conservatory. Longwood Gardens is the largest botanical garden in the US and theĀ  conservatory is a huge, ornate greenhouse covering 4.5 acres. It houses thousands of plants in many different habitats.

Pink and White spring flowers

Pink and White spring flowers

Italian Water Garden

Italian Water Garden

Silver Garden in the Conservatory

Silver Garden in the Conservatory

Stunning double red tulip named Miranda!

Stunning double red tulip named Miranda!

We have our own little botanical garden next to our greenhouse here at the orchard. It holds plants of all the different fruits that we grow in the orchard. There are fruit trees and the shrubby fruits like blueberries and currants. Growing close to the ground there are strawberry plants. We want to show how each fruit is grown and in what season.