|Charles de Mills, quarter rose, petals open quartered so many|
|Rose Garden at Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants|
|HATS, a required gardening implement|
|Curator Peggy Cornett with a Double Swamp Rose|
|Bee Apiary at Tufton Farm|
For some time I have wanted a few hives but it's not as easy as it sounds and you must be committed to protecting the hive year around from disease and predators. Bears, skunks, and mites all love bees. Paul gave some great tips as to how to best do this and have long lasting hives. Animals under your care require attention and time so not unlike Chickens you need to have time to look out for their welfare. There is a wonderful local group, Central Virginia Beekeepers that is a must to join if you are going to keep bees. They meet monthly just down the road from Forsythia Hill at Ivy Creek Nature Center.
|Blue Morning Glory Vine|
|Old Fashioned Banshee Rose like my Grandmothers|
Get out and about and smell the roses!