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Southern Magnolia at Shirley Plantation

Southern Magnolia at Shirley Plantation

Shannondoah Valley, Virginia

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Absolutely GORGEOUS in the Fall! After living in New England and experiencing fall there the family shod definitely make a trip to this place his year for fall.

Surgery pink peonies in bloom at Shirley Plantation!

Surgery pink peonies in bloom at Shirley Plantation!

I don't know about you, but I feel like an evening get together outdoors just isn't complete without the warmth and mystique of a well-made fire. Unfortunately, fire pits can be quite pricey, but with a few simple materials you can make your own for a fraction of the cost. Here are 6 modern DIY fire pit ideas for just about any skill level!

Roundup: 6 Awesome and Easy DIY Fire Pits

Planting Blueberries & Growing Blueberries

Planting Blueberries & Growing Blueberries in pots or ground - helpful notes about how to nurture soil to optimize blueberry plants for producing.

How to Prune Lavender - never prune in fall or winter and never cut back to the ground. Prune in spring and early summer after first leaf buds emerge to cut out dead wood and then prune again just after flowers fade - deadhead and shape plants then, leave at least 3 - 5 leaf nods below each flower spike, when shaping, leave at least 5 obvious nodes above the ground where new growth can emerge

Pruning Lavender / Rosemary ~ Dont cut plants like lavender to the ground, and dont touch them in fall or winter.

Spring has sprung at Shirley Plantation! www.shirleyplantation.com

Spring has sprung at Shirley Plantation! www.shirleyplantation.com

David Austin English Roses are planted in the rose garden at Shirley Plantation.

David Austin English Roses are planted in the rose garden at Shirley Plantation.

Toss a few pennies in the soil to turn hydrangeas blue

Put a couple of pennies in the soil with your hydrangeas to turn them blue.I remember Mother using nails. Don't remember her ever getting the hydrangeas to turn blue.

These English and American boxwoods are propagated from the Boxwood Gardens at Shirley Plantation! Take home a piece of Shirley's 400 year history!

These English and American boxwoods are propagated from the Boxwood Gardens at Shirley Plantation! Take home a piece of Shirley's 400 year history!

Tomatoes continue to hold a favorite spot in the annual vegetable garden. Unfortunately, they attract a variety of insects as well as vegetable lovers. An easy and organic way to repel insects from tomato plants is the companion planting method. Companion planting involves selecting a specific mix of flowers and herbs to keep insects away from...

Plants That Are Good to Plant Near Tomato Plants to Prevent Insects

Plants That Are Good to Plant Near Tomato Plants to Prevent Insects Basil, Chives, Petunia. French Marigold, and more.

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