So…..this is “Milkweed.” Most often seen on farms, in pastures, along the side of country roads in ditches and we spied two stalks of it ten days ago, right in the center of a neighborhood Daylily bed. We just pulled hard and it came out. No real roots to speak of, just white dirt covered ends. So we cut the tops off creating a pencil length stalk and without even washing it off, we put it in a glass of water in the kitchen window. A gardening friend didn’t think it would root or produce anything.
Well today we looked at it….and there it is – new growth on both stalks. Nearer the top.
We are going to plant it in the garden in a sunny spot. Remember it develops an underground traveling root system so it can spread and become highly invasive – so plant it closer to a wooded area where it can grow without disturbing your more domestic plants and flowers. And once it takes off – do your best to contain its growth. It’s a bit like the herb “mint,” it will spread everywhere.
We only waited ten days for this new growth. Amazing plant life. It cannot stop itself. Nature just keeps on giving. We love it. And very soon we will have “butterflies.” How can you not love this. Pretty exciting!!!
“Contessa” says….. it’s all good
Good Afternoon Yoga Friends,
FRIDAY-MAY 27 – 2 PM
Our weather looks great for tomorrow, Saturday morning the 28th …so if you are planning to attend our first Yoga class, we will get started at 8 am.
Remember: Your first two classes are FREE
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!
• Sat, May 21
Today is forecast to be the hottest day of the weekend, with many locations reaching the mid-90s and heat indices approaching 100.
Hello Contessa Friends……
Please view the attached link to our YOGA class announcement and “Save the Date.”
Contessa Says: It’s Time To plan for Gardening!!!
Our newest JUNE/JULY/AUGUST Gardening Announcement
The Garden Contessa, former owner of Contessa’s Garden and Gift in DelRay is offering June, July and August appointments. You can still clean up and give your beds a boost by abating with fresh soil and mulch. If you have not cut back your winter early spring plant growth, let us do our magic on your beds/bushes. Make your plans now, and let us help.
For COVID safety, we are always masked and gloved. Our spring season so far is robust and because of recent chill and rain we are really only now getting ready. Summer is coming quickly so it’s the perfect time to plant. If you’d like to arrange for your FREE, first time consultation appointment, please txt 703-548-1882. If you happen to see us out-and-about in our neighborhood, please feel free to introduce yourself. We love meeting new potential gardening contacts. References and photos of current projects are available. Gardening is our passion, so no project is to large or two small. We do it all. ContessasHome@gmail.com
if you are a current gardening client from our previous seasons, and many if you are with us three and four years now, we will be offering you priority appointments on spring services. If you know what you have in mind, jot down a few notes and when we contact you, we can discuss.
Last year we did a fair amount of instruction and consultation. We love to teach and share. If you like the process, and the work of taking care of your own yard, we encourage you to retain us for hands on instruction by the hour. One hour can often give you the confidence to execute. We will keep in touch to watch your progress and offer suggestions. If you simply want it to look great and you don’t really feel like you have the gift, or you just don’t really have the time, we are happy to help.
We do have ongoing upkeep and maintenance clients. These relationships are generally arranged for services for the entire spring/summer/fall and even into December. With our mild winters and global warming being a reality, gardening is very much a year long event, with the exception of January and February. Ask us for a site visit and a plan just for your garden…..year round. We will of course customize our service to meet your needs.
We have been gardening in Parkfairfax since 2005. We love our community and our mission is to help you with your garden, but it’s also about dedication to beautifying the neighborhood we all call home. We work closely with our wonderful and dedicated Parkfairfax gardening crews and all projects are discussed with them when we need permissions or advice. We work closely with our Parkfairfax Director of Operations at the yard. A plus for you as we are familiar with current landscaping and modification gardening guidelines, and in some cases services that you need can be handled by their team, by using the Buildium tool. Thus can be a cost savings firc you. It’s a win-win!! We can offer some helpful tips/advice on posting tickets to be completed in the PFX “Buildium” platform. It was created for residents and it is the best way to report your projects that need attention.
Fibally….Its already proving to be a wonderful and liberating season. We think plants coming up, are the encouragement we all need right now. “It’s about new beginnings!” We all need plant beauty in our lives. We are so much looking forward to being outdoors and serving you well
“Contessa” says….. it’s all good
Our wonderful ongoing client wanted a refresh today. We started by clearing “Vinca Vine” out from under an Azalea bush that she planted. It’s the first spot you see in our video. Later after the bush finishes it’s bloom, we are going to round it up a bit and today we trimmed off some of its undergrowth. It’s a more tidy look and easier to clean under. Then we completed a serious weeding because we’ve had so much rain, the weeds have been growing like mad. We do both properties for both clients. But the other client works so we rarely meet up with her. The two neighbors are good friends and have a mutual understanding regarding yard upkeep and care, so it makes sense to do the two together.
Our client wanted the Rose bush dead-headed and while pruning during blooming phase, is not the best timing, the bush had way overgrown, since our late fall trim before the end of November. It bloomed until then. It’s a quite amazing bush. We like to see some balance with an open path between the two bushes, so we also trimmed the Azalea bush on the center side. Technically your bushes should not invade or overlap with each other.
We are, as of todays visit, going to go by on a more regular maintenance basis, to keep the area looking tidy and fresh.
”Contessa” says…. its all good. Our pleasure!
Our lovely client on Preston wanted so much to have a garden. We kind of immediately created a friendship which has been a bonus for both of us. We’ve carried it over to breakfast on a few occasions. Our resident works pretty much all the time, and so care and upkeep is an issue. We have followed her for three years now and we began with some growth in the beds but for some reason it was all located along the front and back edges. Not one plant in the bed. Soil was poor and the squirrel population along with a huge tree that hangs low over her bed, frankly made it a constantly disrupted bed with falling limbs and squirrels digging their hearts out. They were having a ball. We have transformed the bed and created an entire new look for her. And we now visit four times a year to freshen and abate. It’s certainly come together for her. We’ve added a new Hydrangea bush, mini evergreen trees in planters and worked very hard on soil restoration. It has paid off. Our FINAL VIDEO follows as of yesterdays “spring” additions.
Our client/friend is excited and really happy. We now have mostly all perennials and the large tree has been trimmed and the Squirrel population is way down.
“Contessa” says…. It’s all good.
…….and it was tons of fun. We are very pleased with this transformation.