It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times….

Whew! Irene packed quite a punch in Tidewater Virginia.  We awoke to a cleanup nightmare but we weren’t fazed by the sight of branches, trees, and debris. We spent the nighttime hours worrying about the worst that could happen and awoke to the best… only because we came through the hurricane unscathed. As with all storms of this magnitude, the morning after brings the hum of chain saws, the songs of hungry birds and the sight of boats on the river returning to their moorings.

Cleanup has begun all over this yard and we’ll soon be back to a normal routine. mister gardener is tackling the larger job of cutting up three large trees that were downed by the storm, a magnificent white pine and two old maples, one that fell across the driveway. After our job is completed, we will venture out to see what assistance our neighbors need after Irene’s assault on Ware Neck.

We left plenty of nectar in the garden for the hummingbirds during the storm but they were buzzing around the feeders in force this morning to top off their little tanks.

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Our thoughts and concerns are with those less fortunate individuals who were casualties of this massive storm in property and in person.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester

6 thoughts on “It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times….

    • I use sugar/water mix, a 1:4 ratio. Hummers are a creature of habit and I’ve been feeding them for years. I can recognize slight variations in the different birds and, as crazy as it might seem, can occasionally tell who the baby daddy is.

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  1. The only creatures that were joyful during the storm were our many frogs. We could hear a chorus of croaks in pond, creek and trees over the sound of howling winds. They thought the spring mating season had begun again!

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