Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Martha's Vineyard and the Polly Hill Arboretum

This coming Sunday, May 1st at 4:00 we're having our annual "Daffodil Walk"--I haven't started preparing any food for what has become a rather elaborate tea. I'm going to have to start baking tonight. That my blood sugar level is too high and may be borderline for pre-diabetes takes some of the fun out of gooseberry/black currant squares and shortbread. However, now we are on Martha's Vineyard in the rain. It's a wonderful place and I want to return when I have more time. We got our daughter, Kady, to her job as a curatorial intern at the Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard. Yesterday was her first day. It;s the best arboretum or public garden I've ever been to. Not only were many very rare things, a lot of which I had never seen or even heard of, blooming, but also there were very few people. The best thing about this arboretum is that all the people who work there know more than I do and seem very willing to talk to the visitors. I'll try to post some of the photos I took. I think Kady will be able to learn a huge amount there. Other people whom we have met have also been very friendly and helpful: a stranger who got me closer to a seal than I have ever been, a young man who checked out my radiator hoses and gave me some antifreeze to fill the radiator when the high temperature light came on at 9:30 at night came on (I know very little about such things).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Daffodil Walk

Our annual daffodil "walk" is going to be Sunday, May 1st at 4:00 in the afternoon. First things were coming along so fast that we thought of an earlier date , but then, we had much cooler weather. We even had two consecutive nights where the temperature got down to 4 degrees F which was enough to zap some Narcissus foliage and even some flower buds, That's the second time in thirty years that I have seen any damage to daffodils from cold.
Hopefully it will make no difference to the overall display.