More Paradise: A Nice Lunch, Warmth, and the First Radishes!

I started this weekend having lunch on Saturday with some friends. We went to Old Angler’s Inn on the C&O Canal and had a lovely time on their terrace with catkins of oak pollen falling on us. Luckily no one was allergic–and no one else seemed to be either. If my memory serves me correctly, the 150 year old establishment began as a stopping point for canal boats. Canals such as the Erie and the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) were once the major form of transport for market goods. Roads weren’t that good where they existed, so shipping by sea, river or canal was the best way to go.

I came back from lunch and cut some lilies of the valley for the house.

I came back from lunch and cut some lilies of the valley for the house.

Mother Nature was exceedingly good to us this weekend, beginning with the warm Saturday and getting even warmer today–about 80 degrees. Today I managed to get to the gardens and weed. The two Plot Against Hunger gardens and my own look good. I was expecting maybe some radishes and some columbine blossoms and I was not disappointed.

These provide lavish blossoms every year.  They started from a wildflower mix and seem to thrive in this border.

These provide lavish blossoms every year. They started from a wildflower mix and seem to thrive in this border.

The radishes peek above the soil when they’re ready to pull.

I'll get you, my pretty!

I’ll get you, my pretty!

And a few were. They were lovely and spicy.

Bread and butter here we come!!

Bread and butter here we come!!

I also had lettuces that will be ready to be thinned next week.

Soon I'll be in the salad days.

Soon I’ll be in the salad days.

I picked a small bouquet of the columbine. There are three colors in my border.

Sometimes I don't remember to bring a vase, but today I did.

Sometimes I don’t remember to bring a vase, but today I did.

What a treat. Lilies of the valley in the living room and columbine in the bedroom. I hope your gardens are blooming if you’re in the northern hemisphere–and if you’re not, that you’re having a well-deserved rest and a warm fire.


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28 Responses to More Paradise: A Nice Lunch, Warmth, and the First Radishes!

  1. starkwe says:

    Beautiful! My mother’s favorite flowers are Lilies of the Valley, but she never could get them to grow in our yard.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Your columbines are gorgeous! Can’t wait for our lily of the valley – one of my favorite scents!

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  3. well so lovely, all those blloming flowers and growing veggies! The lillies in that gorgeous vase!!!!

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  4. Lisa your garden is going like wild fire! Isn’t it amazing the difference a month can make! It makes me so happy that I know the street where your plots are, the room the flowers are placed in and I can imagine you pottering about enjoying your home and the scents and your beautiful park! It’s not fire weather here today, it’s a late autumn return to an Indian Summer and we are enjoying it for all it’s worth – I’m just off to accompany my friend for a walk around our oldest cemetery to enjoy the views and the statues and the overgrown areas …..


    • arlingwoman says:

      That sounds lovely. One place I wish I had been able to drag you ladies (other than Dumbarton Oaks) was Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgtown–though if you search the blog, I’ve done a post on it. Enjoy the late warmth and your walk!


  5. Thanks to Pauline, I now know you are Lisa. I hope it is OK to use it. Your garden is lovely. I particularly admire the spicy radishes and the columbines. Trying to decipher the book titles on your shelf has given me the idea to perhaps feature a section of my library shelves. Thank you

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  6. KerryCan says:

    Oh, those radishes–yum! The flowers are looking pretty darn spectacular, too. My lilies of the valley have not even gotten above ground level yet but we do have oak pollen everywhere!


  7. Lisa, I mirror Pauline’s comments. It is so nice having walked your garden. I can envision the space around you. The flowers are stunning, the radishes are super cute, and your enthusiasm is contagious. Thanks for the tour through your day.

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  8. Ooh, Lily of the Valley. My favorite scent. I search for it everywhere, and finally discovered that in many places they refer to it by its French name – Muguet. I will never tire of the heady smell. And aren’t you a lucky duck to have so much to enjoy. They’re gorgeous, Lisa.
    And I can nearly taste those spicy radishes from here.
    Such a wonderful garden. Long may it grow and be free from all bugs!


  9. reocochran says:

    I so love the lilies of the valley in your vase and columbine in your wild flower mixture along the fence. I enjoy fresh radishes sliced thin with spring greens in a salad. This was a lovely post and made me feel like I had stopped by your home for a visit! Smiles, Robin


  10. Boomdeeadda says:

    I adore Lily of the Valley and had a nice big patch of it at our old house. Crabtree & Evelyn have a nice Eau de toilette that smells just like it. Some of those perfumes are so off but I love this particular one. I wish they lasted longer after cutting, but they’re certainly worth growing. I think I mentioned when we visited your garden that I’ve never had any luck with Columbine so I am gobsmacked by your border. That’s outrageously gorgeous! I spoke to a lady about the urban garden near my house yesterday. As I suspected, there’s a waiting list. Mr B. recommended a spot in the yard, so this is what I’m considering now. x K


    • arlingwoman says:

      Yes! I’ve used Crabtree’s Muguet soap before. My columbine have been stellar, but I didn’t expect they would thrive there. Though I’ve just heard from a fellow gardener that someone has vandalized them today by pulling them out and scattering them on the sidewalk. Sigh. Well, you should go for the offered spot in the yard! Then you can walk right out and get your herbs and flowers. Plant on!!!!

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      • Boomdeeadda says:

        Gasp! Why on earth are some such delinquents? How disappointing for you Lisa, sorry to hear about your columbine. If only you could do the same to something of theirs. I guess that’d be childish, but don’t you just feel like it sometimes? Why, I otta!!!!!


  11. pamsyarns says:

    Such a delightful post, so charming. So lovely to see your flowers. Thank you


  12. pauljoeRTW says:

    Loved the photo of the books and lilies. I can image myself in such a place, sniffing the bold perfumy fragrance and thumbing through several interesting book title. I’ve brough a nice wine for us to share, too. Sounds like my kind of heaven for sure.


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