Hello friends...well it's Springtime here in Virginia.
Since my part of the country is in full bloom,
I thought I would revisit a post I did a couple of years ago.
So many of you are new to my blog and maybe have not seen this post.
I think it's a keeper... enjoy!
So hop on your bike and come along!
Lovely Lees Ridge Road, Virginia
Proud to say "I live here"
Hello friends... I thought you would like to see what Dogwood season here in Virginia is like, I will take you on a little tour of my country road. The road I live on is lined with gorgeous horse farms and old stone walls (not as old as yours Gretel). Many beautiful homes dot the landscape...some new and many dating back before the Civil War. The Redbuds are at their peak with their lovely lilac pink flowers. Once the flowers fade they will don wonderful heart shaped glossy green leaves.
All the pink and white dogwoods are just coming into full bloom. Although the dogwood is the state flower of Virginia, they are very hard to grow..go figure. I have been babying one for ten years and it is only about 6 feet tall and just started blooming. Those lucky enough to have them on their property are rewarded with delicate blooms that seem to float in the air.
These beautiful trees have a story behind them. It seems that during the time of Crucifixion, the dogwood tree was known for it's strength and hard wood. It was chosen as the tree that would supply the timber for the cross Jesus would be nailed to. To be used for such a cruel purpose distressed the tree greatly and Jesus sensed this. Jesus told the mighty Dogwood that to ease it's guilt, it would never again be used for such a task. From then on the dogwood would never grow tall and it's trunk and branches would be twisted and bent. The blossoms would be in the shape of a cross with nail marks of rust red at the point of each petal with a crown of thorns at the center. All who see this shall remember.
I love how the flowers seem to float in the air. This is actually a side street a few minutes away, but I love the stone house as a backdrop for the delicate flowers. Great contrast.
I love this whole row of pink and white Dogwoods
With the grass being so very green, it makes for a wonderful contrast.
This is a neighbors long driveway..all the tiny white dots are Dogwood blossoms
I really adore this large blooming cherry tree...seems everywhere I look I see pink and green!
Right behind me is a lovely estate called Hunting Ridge, owned by two beautiful ladies that I am so happy to call my friends. The main house on their property is a very cool pre Civil War house with little doorways, gorgeous original wood floors with wonderful creaks and great history. They even have their own tiny cemetary...how cool is that! In the back yard their mother planted two rows of lilacs some 50+ years ago.
I love how they have grown together creating a natural arbor.
I wish you could smell the old-fashioned, romantic aroma of these wonderful old lilacs...pure heaven.
All along the stone walk these little Johnny Jump-ups are growing through all the crevices.
This beautiful show of pinks, whites and mauves does not last very long and I make a point to take time to appreciate the beauty all around me. It always makes me smile. Soon it will be azalea, peony and iris season...that's a whole other post!
I hope you have enjoyed my country road here in Warrenton,Virginia. Be sure to come back again real soon.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.