Month: May 2014

Live Music – Loudoun Summertime 2014

Now that we’ve passed the Memorial Day weekend, it’s starting to really feel like summer.  To me, that means pool time, cookouts, and outdoor concerts.  Kicking off my shoes and listening to good music under an open sky – a perfect way to spend a warm summer evening! I’ve found a number of concert schedules already posted, but please let…

Butterflies, Biking and Other Blurbs

A couple of items that I thought might be of interest…   Helping out Monarch Butterflies Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has scheduled several Butterfly-friendly plant sales for this weekend thru early June.  Monarch butterfly populations are decreasing, so the Conservancy is promoting Monarch waystations, which include both milkweed plants – that provide food for monarch caterpillars, and other nectar plants that provide food…

A Trio of Trillium

While up in Pittsburgh over Mother’s Day weekend, my  Dad and I decided to go out for a short walk on the Armstrong Trail, along the Allegheny River near Kittanning, PA.  Our main purpose was to work off some of puppy-monster’s energy, but we quickly noticed that the border of this trail was just jam-packed with trillium – bonus! As I was driving back towards Virginia, I…

Dog-Friendly Shade Gardening

I’m starting a number of gardening projects this year, but landscaping the backyard is first on the docket…and by far, the biggest challenge. The backyard is a fairly small (~23’x23′) space, which I’m hoping will serve as an extra outdoor room during the warm weather months. I’ve been envisioning a small, private hideaway, rather like the secret garden in Frances Hogdson…