Orchard Beach in April

Some of the sights around Orchard Beach in April…

Orchard Beach is where my family has lived for over 60 years, along Mill Creek, on the Chesapeake Bay.

My family members have always been big gardeners – Hidee’s wife, my great-grandmother, Nona, my grandpa, and my mom and her mom – so I get it from both sides.

Nona had a vegetable garden on the ridge by the road, Hidee grew potatoes in the woods, and grandpa had lots of plants and flowers. My favorite were his bed of black-eyed-susans (the Maryland state flower) and Hen and Chicks that he grew in old shoes, pots, and among rocks.

The ravine in the woods up the hill from the boatyard where my parents’ house sits is full of hundreds and hundreds of day lilies that bloom in June.

The woods are thick with mulberries and wild raspberries, a.k.a. wine berries, also blue berries and blackberries. Wild sour cherry trees are scattered on the ridge by the road.

I will be sure to document all of this during the summer. But, right now, the flowers and buds are just beginning to emerge…spring has arrived to Orchard Beach.

My brother's weeping cherry tree - planted in remembrance of grandpa

My brother’s weeping cherry tree – planted in remembrance of grandpa

blooming moss on rock at Mom's pond

blooming moss on rock at Mom’s pond

seedlings for the big garden on the ridge by the road

seedlings for the big garden on the ridge by the road

forsythia and Mill Creek

forsythia and Mill Creek

daffodils in the remnants of grandpa's garden - house in the background

daffodils in the remnants of grandpa’s garden – house in the background

periwinkle in the remnants of grandpa's garden

periwinkle in the remnants of grandpa’s garden

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