We are currently growing feathers this week with the rain in the garden. And those that aren't growing feathers are wearing sweaters. SWEATERS. It's May 20th. Several of us operate on sunshine and when two or three consecutive days are cloudy, my thought is, "Let's just go home." Since Viridian and I are both sunshine fanatics, we might have to shut down the landscape division. But then Jack yells and tells us to get our act together and we carry on. Sigh.
So back to feathers. This year, we had three Canadian geese arrive, and we have four goslings we watched grow this spring. They waddle all over the property. They are simply adorable. What's even better is we have 15 duck eggs! So we keep waiting for them to hatch. We know one hatched last week because Sean, our resident-walking-plant-encyclopedia, texted me. And this was my text thread with him.
Sean: We have ducklings.
Me: I know. We might need to catch them so they survive and put them in the tub back here.
Sean: Ok. I think they are under their mommy. She's protecting them. Wait. I don't see them anymore. Hope the turtles didn't eat them.
Me: Sean. If you texted me to tell me about baby ducks to only tell me they are eaten, we cannot be friends anymore.
Sean: I only see one but she won't let me near her.
Me: Sean. I was kidding about catching them. Get back to work.
Sean: Oh ok!
Me: Carry on.
I share this because it makes me chuckle. Random texts arrive all day long from our staff sharing funny things that happen on the property. Sometimes it's an animal. Sometimes it's an amazing flower that's blooming. It could even be a story about a customer who arrives to find we have three Rinehart Astilbe after she has driven all over North Carolina looking for some, and we happen to have the last three!
Every day is a good day for rain boots, brightly colored rain jackets and whimsical umbrellas. Or ..... you could wait till this weekend when the temperatures are going to be SPECTACULAR. Along with fantastic weather, we have food trucks Saturday and Sunday and "The Potting Shed"--our outdoor bar--will be open for business. We will be serving beer, cider and wine which will make your visit that much more relaxing and enjoyable. Who doesn't love to stroll the garden and gather ideas while enjoying a mimosa, glass of wine or beer? #bringgreenhomewithasmile