Monday, May 11, 2015
Spring Flares at Hawksbill Cabin
We were lucky with our garden at Hawksbill Cabin - there is a nice variety of plantings with something in bloom for most of the spring and summer. Last weekend was just about the peek of it, with the lilac and azalea bushes maxed out.
It was a nice surprise that the trillium we discovered last year returned - I was fortunate enough to catch it while it was in bloom.
The azaleas cover most of the sloping front yard in front of the addition. There are one or two others off to the east side of the house, but this is really a pretty spectacular spring time show.
This year, we were out doing yard work and an older couple drove by slowly. They were looking up at the house and made several passes. We figured they were lost, so we waived them down - they told us that they drive by every year to check out the azaleas.
Apparently they knew Bill, the original owner, who planted them. They said that at one point these shrubs were large enough to obscure that part of the house!
When I found the trillium last year it was a great surprise. I have taken several hikes in May and early June up in Shenandoah National Park and never caught sight of one. Just my luck that we have one - a single one - growing over in the side yard.
I don't know what it would take to get this one to spread over there in the wood lot, but I would like that. It's okay if it doesn't, I'll just enjoy finding it every year in the last week of April and first week of May!