Monday, August 8, 2011

Saying Something

So much depends on the weather so I am crediting the weather for a sea change, a shift, a focus on the new or re-exploration of things forgotten. In my trail rides on Blue I've reaffirmed something I've known all along which is a love for land. We ride up into the Chickies woods, up over rock trails, stepping high over logs, the understory light and dappled, sometimes hot and buggy, gaining speed without breaking gait up to the top of the hill then down the other side and out of the woods, the corn spread out, rows of tassles. Everything comes from the ground or the sky. They mirror each other at different times. It's us in the layer in between. The fragile crust. Without people there would still be earth and sky, beautiful, but without the reflection of God's love.
Farm with Corn, Tobacco and Soybeans on Sleepy Hollow Rd.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sweet Summer

Summer is at the height of its glory. The skies are darker in the morning, a fading purple dawn about five thirty. A fog comes up from the ground and lays on the corn and the tobacco plants, a line of cows coming through a pasture following the leader their hooves falling ghostly. We need water, but everywhere around the plants and flowers are a reminding pleasure. Thank you to everyone who reminds me what good meaningful things are. The rest will simply blow away.




Friday, June 3, 2011

Snapshots - Berks County

After being drenched with rain for weeks and then smote by heat, we finally caught a glimpse of gorgeous spring weather. My husband and I went to a sporting clays event in the Lehigh Valley so we spent a good bit of time driving through Berks County. I took the opportunity to try out some of the new Hipstamatic film and lenses.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Greenhouses Galore Lancaster County, PA

I love searching the backways, highways, the nooks and crannies of the county for new greenhouses. Along the way I've come across wonderfully nice people, free whoopie pies and coffee, sweet old farm dogs who love to greet, great bargains (who can pass up antique stores along the way?), free advice, chats with fellow gardeners, etc. all against the beautiful backdrop of Lancaster County, which is most special to me. In case you enjoy checking out new sources for plants and all things gardening too, here is a (partial) list I've come up with greenhouses in Lancaster Co. I've been to quite a few, but not all. Check back, because this list will grow.

Most of these are open only from Spring until about the Fourth of July, but some longer. Most are not open Sundays. I noted the ones I know are open Sundays. You'll have to Google directions. Happy Trails!

Country Meadows Nursery
275 Pool Rd. Ephrata 717-859-2474
Black Creek
211 E. Black Creek Rd. E. Earl, PA  717-445-5046
Brunnervill Greenhouses 
Brunnerville Rd. just north of Newport Rd., Lititz PA
Chapman’s Greenhouses 
440 E. 28th Division Hwy. (Rt. 322) Lititz, PA
Eve’s Garden
3590 Blue Rock Rd. Lancaster, PA
717-871-6149 http://www.evesgarden.com/
Esbenshades
546 E. 28th Division Highway
(Rt. 322), Lititz PA www.esbenshades.com
Flower Wagon
580 W. Lexington Rd. , Lititz, PA
Farmette Gardens
190 Parkview Hts. Rd., Ephrata, PA
Farmstead  
170 Cocalico Creek Rd., Ephrata, PA
 www.farmsteadflowers.com
Frysville Farms
300 Frysville Rd. , Ephrata, PA 717-354-4501
Funk’s Riverview Greenhouses
2277 River Rd. Washington Boro, PA 1 mi. S of 999 717-872-4042
Good Harvest Farms
336 Bunker Hill Rd. Strasburg, PA www.goodharvestfarms.com
Hoover’s Farm Market
30 Erbs Bridge Rd., Lititz PA 717-733-1048 http://www.hooversfarm.com/
Ken’s Gardens
2467 Old Phila. Pike, Smoketown, PA & 3552 W. Newport Rd., Ronks, PA
www.kensgardens.com
Horst’s Greenhouse
1194 E. Earl Rd. E. Earl, PA
Hilltop Greenhouse  
1624 Lancaster Pike (Rt. 272), Quarryville, PA
Hill Farm Greenhouse
50 Rhine Rd.off 897 Kleinfeltersville, PA
Hillside Acres Nursery
940 Valley Rd. (Rt. 372) Quarryville, PA
Homestead Gardens
Icehouse Hill Rd., Durlach, PA
Newswangers
121 Middle Creek Rd., Lititz PA 717-733-4647
Mt. Joy Greenhouse @ Amos Stoltzfus Farm
956 Eby Chiques Rd. , Mt. Joy
Mountainside Acres
56 Hahnstown Rd., Ephrata, PA
River Road Produce
1835 River Rd.(Rt. 441) between Marietta & Bainbridge, PA www.riverroadproduce.com    OPEN SUNDAYS
Silver Springs Greenhouse
740 Hempfield Rd., Columbia PA
717-285-7445
Stauffers of Kissel Hill (SKH)
1050 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA www.skh.com (many locations) Open Sundays
Tudbink’s Greenhouses
610 Stone Hill Rd., Conestoga, PA 717-872-2126
Wengers Greenhouses
150 W. Wissler Rd., Lititz PA off Rt. 322  717-733-8658
Witmer’s Greenhouses
71 Greenfield Rd. Lancaster, PA http://www.witmersgreenhouses.com/