Birds and Blooms, October, 2021

Our October issue arrived  today. We are approaching “Suet” season. Seeds, Fats, Fruits, Nuts and more. This one article provides 13 ways to serve your birds with Suet. Peanut Butter being one ingredient that the birds Love. And you can create your own “suet” concoctions. The article provides recipes and how to prepare them. We are going to do this as a fall project.

This publication is a beautiful color issue with many bird photographs and the dried flowers and plants they forage for.



It reminds us that there is so much beauty outdoors in our woods. And lucky are we to live in Parkfairfax with so many trees, scrubs and wildlife   In fact, if you sit long enough quietly in your yard you will surely discover one new bird you didn’t know lived nearby.

Back Cover

We can lend our copy out if you’d like. Just txt us and we will share it with you.

”Contessa” – 703-548-1882

Gardened Today – Mt Eagle Place

We stared at 10:30 am. Our client works from home so we’re able to consult with her on the project. We have been giving advice about trimming bushes and guiding this client with the PFX Buildium task process. She finally decided to retain us. This is a very simple front yard bed clean up. This video is a “before” shot as we began our work for her.

We spent four hours edging, cleaning up the beds, trimming bushes, laying fresh garden soil and finally a topper of hardwood bark mulch. It’s looking fresh for sure. And we raked the yard. Folks forget that even though this area is often referred to as common ground, it’s important to rake dead grass and remove leaves, and to water. We see so many yards dry as a bone. PFX actually encourages watering two days a week. Very early morning is preferred, or later in the evening. But your trees, bushes and your garden beds will appreciate a drink. Care for your yard as if it were your own. It will reward you.

Our todays “after” video. The right side bed only. We are back next week on Tuesday to finish the left bed as we prepare this nice spot for the winter season.

Our lovely attorney, homeowner sent a note tonight to say how pleased she is with our work. Very Nice!!

Thank You Aggie…..see you next week on Tuesday.


Friday Devotional

The Holy Spirit of God is our Helper, our teacher of Truth, and our intercessor with God.

John 14: 15-17

Jesus says:  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

Jesus knew that when He ascended into heaven, the world would need the Spirit of God with them, and so He sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.


Oh Holy Spirit, come be with me now. I need your loving guidance  I need to place my refuge in you. You are the Lord and Savior of my whole life and my whole being .I am dependent and gratefully  encouraged by your shadowing over me in every step, word and action I take. I give you my heart and soul in complete abandonment this very moment.

I will be in your garden today with a new human soul. May your spirit flow from you to me and to those I am with today. Amen


Compliment from General Kent

We just received a compliment from a client who owns a home here in Parkfairfax. We billed him just about an hour ago for an extended project at his townhouse. He is very close to renting it. We billed him today for a total of 18 hours, plus expenditures for the entire job. He was so easy to work with long distance. We kept him updated on all phases of our work and sent txt photos while communicating expenditures as soon as we made them. He provided approvals by txt. It was a delight to work for him. 

His Comment:

Penny, The Garden Contessa, you are awesome! I am so happy we met. Your care and diligence are rare traits today. THANK YOU!!!

Gardening Today – 1400 block – Martha Custis (Revised – 2 pm)

Today we pick up where we left off a week ago at this clients back yard area. Her front is ready for spring and PFX, upon request, did come came to trim back some lower branches of her tall Crape Myrtle. It looks so much better and she can now climb in the bed and accomplish cleanup without having to bend way down

Today we will focus on the garden beds which are fairly bare. Decisions about amending the soil, laying mulch and a final cleanup of the slate patio. On our last visit all the bushes were trimmed back

Our goal today is to provide preparation for spring planting with tidy beds for a fresh start in the spring. And with this homeowner we will provide a plan for plant selections. Our homeowner is a gardener but with a new position at her company, she us pretty stretched to execute. In the spring we will be planting for her.

We had a very busy September and her flexibility for us to come as we had openings was much appreciated. So we have been working for her throughout Sept and Oct. It’s been an easy and low key, no rush project.

The weather is fabulous so…..Away We Go!

”You all” have a beautiful day in your garden. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you always

Blessings from,


FOR TODAY – we may do more next week.

You Can Make A Difference




October 18

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
-Philippians 4:8

“Whatever!” That word uttered by someone – often a teenager standing with arms crossed and eyes rolling – has become the quintessential expression of apathy. No one wants to hear an apathetic whatever, especially God. He wants us to be engaging and involved and on the front lines of caring, serving and comforting others. But there are some very positive “whatevers” that we need to embrace and express in our lives. They are the whatevers found in our passage – the whatevers of things excellent and praiseworthy. God wants us to be about His whatevers, because behind the whatevers of Philippians 4:8 is Jesus Christ.

So let me challenge you to become not only a person who dwells on whatever is excellent and praiseworthy, but one who also acts on these whatevers of God to make a difference in someone’s life.

Friday Morning Devotional

Friday – October 15th – 7:17 am  

Oh what a beautiful morning!

I rise early these days. I have realized that early is the most amazing time of each new day. God is with us. His beautiful sunrise is amazing to me. It gives me inner strength. It reminds me of His Sovereign plan and presence. I cannot do anything……, but bow my head and pray. My days are numbered. His Sun/Son puts everything into perspective. Lord, May I honor you today. Forgive my transgressions. Hear my prayer. Thank you for life. I want to make the most of every new day. 

My appointment today has rescheduled to next Wednesday. So I will visit my most recent garden sights to check that all is looking good. It’s my pleasure to do so. I walk my chosen path and I know you are always with me. I choose to spread blessings to all in my path.

As It Is Written:

”No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

1 Corinthians 2-9

The Lords Day – prayer, worship and quiet reflection


A holy Sunday in my day. Jesus, I wish to take a deep breath this morning, to think about my past week and offer gratitude to YOU my Heavenly Father for our beautiful earth, days outside gardening in your beauty. Each assignment I had this week brought new challenges and opportunity to share my faith in You. I try to do this with actions rather than my words. I know Jesus, that you are always with me as I offer true caring, empathy, a listening ear and compassion and an extra work effort, even when I’m weary, for those with trouble, illness, worry and hopelessness. I know I am chosen to be an ambassador of your Hope and Faith. This week everyone I worked for had a life challenge. And so it is, but you are always there to hold us up and so “I give” in your holy name

Thank you for my encounters with those in need and thank you for giving me nurture that I can then share. Oh’ my holy God, you are so good.

Today I give you my rest and my respectful pause and reflection, so that in my upcoming week I can again share your love and kindness. Amen

Dear Jesus,

I need Thee, O I need Thee;

Every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Savior, I need thee always. 

Friday Devotional (Revised)

Today was a beautiful day in Gods World……..and a new gardening assignment on Lyons Lane. Our client is getting ready to sell her property. She lives in Falls Church. Her townhouse is empty and we have carved out four hours, as a “special request,” to bring her yard up to snuff for an Open House this weekend.  Our pleasure!  And our morning began at 6:56?am,  Gods sun trying to break through the clouds. Our Sovereign God in all his glory, was our witness this morning.

How great is thy faithfulness, Oh God  my Father, morning by morning new mercies I see, all I have needed thy hand hath provided, great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me.  

6:56 am Friday, October 8, 2021

7:00 am


Great Is Thy Faithfulness….  Oh God….My Father.  Amen

Video of our completed work for today. Thank you my generous and ever loving and faithful Jesus for sustaining our energy, after a very busy week, so that we could complete this work today, making our homeowner very happy. She thought we were not going to be able to squeeze her work in to our week. it was a blessing for her and for us  Amen