Two Sistahs and a Hoe - workday 2

Saturday I was out the door by 8:30AM.  I ran a few errands before loading up the hoe and heading to Toano.  When I arrived at Cousin's house, she wasn't home.  Since I came prepared to ward off any bugs by way of long pants, long socks and a long sleeve t-shirt, I felt like I was safe to venture into the woods behind the house..  As soon as I took the first step, I heard strange animal noises and rustling leaves.  Since mama didn't raise no fool, I snatched that foot right back and opted for a seat on the front porch.  

On my way up to the house, I soaked in the atmosphere.  I've never seen so many dragonflies at one time; they seemed to be floating through the air.  There was a light yet consistent wind blowing which caused the tree tops to sway back & forth ever so gently.  When I finally took a seat, I closed my eyes and focused on the sound of the trees......wooooooooosh, huuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, wooooooooooosh, huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, wooooooooooosh, huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh......  instead of meditating, I almost fell both asleep and off the porch!

I made my way over to a nearby area to investigate Cousin's flowers.  As I was taking in the sweet smell of roses just starting to bloom, I noticed that butterflies were also fluttering around me.  I had to take my sunglasses off to make sure this was all actually happening because it felt surreal.  When I looked down, I was staring right at two peony bushes hidden in a mass of morning glories.  At the sight of the peony, I made note to ask Cousin if I could have a piece (as it is my absolute favorite flower) and then headed back to the house.  Before I was able to reposition myself on the porch, Cousin and Michael pulled into the driveway. 

While working compost into the soil, Cousin mentioned that dragonflies and butterflies are always around the property right along with great big ants, raccoons and deer.   It's a normal, all the time thing for her and I look forward to being fascinated  and frightened during upcoming visits to the garden.  This is going to be more of a nature lesson than anticipated but I'm sure I'll be very comfortable with this environment by the end of the summer.  At the sight of a big walnut near the garden, Cousin talked about how upset she was to lose the 90 year old black walnut tree that had to be cut down when she built her new house.  She also pointed out where her grandmother's garden was once located and showed me the fruit trees (pear, apple, etc) that line the driveway leading to her house.     She is so connected to her land and the best part of gardening with her will definitely be listening to all of her great stories and childhood memories. 

Before leaving, I declared that I am going to buy the small plot of land beside hers which was once owned by her family.  There's already a little house there and it would be the perfect place for TELMORE Gardens to grow.   Cousin co-signed on the idea saying that I should go for it.  Hmmmmmm.... we'll let it linger and see what happens.  My wheels are definitely turning.

On the way home, I reflected on the day and how good it had already been.  I also smiled as I looked through the rear view mirror at the 19" TV Cousin gave me AND the peony bush.


  1. ha scared of a little rustle in the bush

  2. What an adventurous day Telmore.
    I guess you won't be wondering out in the woods by your self anymore. You know I would love to see all the butterflies since they are truly my favorite of God's outdoor flying creation. Now, considering an actual homebase for Telmore Gardens. Don't know what God's plan is for you with your new venture, but sounds like something good. I pray HE continues to smile on all that makes you happen. It appears that HE has truly brought you full circle with your passions

  3. Happy to have found your blog. Just added it to the Garden's blog roll.
    Did you ever figure out what that animal noise was?
    Jonah Holland @Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden