Leesburg Flower and Garden Show was wonderful...if you don't count Saturday of course, when we had to batten down the hatches as best we could and abandon ship--in this case, tent--by 3pm. The line of terrible thunderstorms were headed straight for Leesburg and the vendors were given a choice of battening down and going home or battening down and heading for the emergency shelter the show organizers had prepared for us, in adavnce. Being the former girl scout that I am, I chose to batten down, call it a day. I called Peter who came to help secure everything as best we could, then lowered the tent as low as we could, said a little prayer and headed for home. On the way home, somebody turned on the water spiggot full force and we were glad that our garden statuary and decor were either weather worthy or packed away in sturdy, sealed plastic boxes. In spite of all of that, I think my booth was one of the prettiest ever, all decked out in garden finery and frills.
To top off these almost perfect April days, in between the very wet rain drops falling again and again, by Monday evening, our little garden shop began to emerge from it's cacoon as a deep blue butterfly (a la Peter) waiting to spread its wings on Friday, April 30th--our grand opening--which happens with the PHilomont garden PHair that same day in the village three quaters of a mile down the road. Stop by and browse the shop. We will be stocking it with lots of gardening surprises and treasures. You can also tour our beautiful springtime gardens 10am until 5pm that day. If you are one of the lucky few who come between 12 noon and 2pm, and can nab a chair for tea under the garden tent--first come first serve--we will be serving an informal creme tea (scones and tea) prepared by the tea service 2 Broads and a Brit for $12 per person on Saturday (4/30) only. The tea will happen rain or shine!...Let's keep our fingers and toes crossed for shine, shall we?...Afterall, April is not only about raindrops and we are due for some sunshine, too.