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.


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

Good Night Irene…

Irene, I am truly seeing you in my dreams and hoping you won’t turn into my worst nightmare. In Virginia, the hurricane should pass offshore during the wee hours of Sunday, August 28. On shore, we expect high winds and coastal flooding. Today we stayed busy around the yard securing chairs, wheelbarrows, dog bowls, porch furniture, boat, etc. We know the routine. We’ve done this before. The dogs know somethings up. The cats suspect there a change in the air.  The hummingbirds are emptying the feeders as fast as I can fill them.  The only creatures on the property without a care are the goldfish in the pond. They’re already underwater and a little wind won’t ruffle their fins. The rest of us are staying glued to the projected path of the approaching hurricane.

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester