Thursday, May 28, 2009

May Flowers Blooms from my gardens

Here are some of the blooms for the month of May in my gardens. Enjoy!

My favorite variety of columbine aquilegia with peach / pink and yellow blooms. Possibly swan?
One of the many Irises blooming here in May. They are all almost done so its time to divide and move them around. They are thriving and their clumps are getting huge. A deep red gladiolus with yellow center that comes back every year, usually reblooms later in the season as well.I believe these are a ballerina iris.Wild Indigo or baptisia.
One of the Simplicity roses that is still barely hanging on. Until I have the energy to dig out all those shrubs, they'll have to stay.
White clematis henryi
Pink evening primrose anyone ;-)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Free Summer Family Friendly Activities

I've always been a big proponent of advertising the FREE and low cost activities available to families in the community. They are great places for new parents and people new to the area to meet others with similar interests and in similar situations. For example, Mom and Tot and Library storytimes are where we met most all of our children's friends and adult friends through their toddler and preschool years.

That said, here is the Goochland Public Library's Summer Schedule. or click HERE for the most up to date on their website.

Volunteer Training
Thursday June 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities this summer with the Summer Reading Program and other activities, take a tour of the library, and enjoy pizza and drinks.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Ice Cream Social
Thursday June 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Kick-off the Summer Reading Program, sign up, and enjoy ice cream.
Sponsored by Friends of Goochland Library.

Storytime with the Balloon Lady
Saturday June 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Deborah Fellman, the "Balloon Lady," presents an interactive Storytime for children with balloons of all shapes & sizes.
Sponsored by Friends of Goochland Library.

Dreamtime: Tales from Down Under
Wednesday June 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Barefoot Puppets presents Australian Aboriginal folk tales.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Manga Drawing Workshop for Teens
Thursday June 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Have fun while you learn how to draw anime/manga characters.
Pizza served!
Sponsored by Friends of Goochland Library.

C Shells
Thursday June 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Sing and clap along with Cindy and Shelly at this fun musical program for all ages.

Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra
Monday June 29 at 4:00 p.m.
Dance along to the "gourdeous" music of the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, who grow their own instruments locally.

Off the Ark Exotic Pets
Monday July 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Off the Ark shares their knowledge & love for animals with a fun and educational show for all ages. See reptiles, amphibians, scorpions, tarantulas, "bugs," and small mammals galore!

Look up in the Sky: A Watercolor Workshop
Wednesday July 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Art a la Carte’s Blane Cope shows you how to create watercolor postcards. Sign-ups required. Class size limited to 16 children.

Teen Tech Night
Thursday July 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Play Dance Dance Revolution: SuperNova & Guitar Hero III with your friends.
Pizza served!

Barry Louis Polisar

Tuesday July 21 at 10:00 a.m.
You’ve heard his songs on CD and maybe even at the movies. Now you’ll smile, you’ll giggle, and then you’ll laugh out loud at the off the wall songs of Barry Louis Polisar, live, at this fun musical program for the whole family.

Farmer Minor & Daisy II the Pig
Tuesday July 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Pig out on reading with Farmer Minor and Daisy II, the famous pot-bellied pig who loves to be read to. Daisy will make sure you love reading, too! Go ahead, give Daisy a kiss!

Found Jewelry Workshop
Saturday August 1 at 10:00 a.m.
Explore the possibilities of using unusual materials to create jewelry. The secret is decoration! For teens & adults. Snacks served!

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Toddler Storytime Wednesday June 10, 17, 24 and July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:00 a.m. Age: 2 years old w/adult

Preschool Storytime Thursday June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:00 a.m. Ages 3-5 years old

Mother Goose Storytime
Thursday June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 11:00 a.m. Ages 6-24 months w/adult

Goochland Book Group

meets the second Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. (Sept.-June)
Please call or visit the library for more program information.
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FREE programs from Parks and Recreation Mom and Tot - Gym Jam Every Tuesday and Wednesday 10-12 in Parks & Rec building (the old high school gymnasium) 2nd Annual Go Skateboardin Day June 13, 2009 11-3

They also offer many camps and programs at very reasonable prices. Check them out HERE.

FREE MOVIES at the Regal Entertainment Group theaters
REG’s Free Family Film Festival is Now Showing! When school’s out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It’s a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it’s FREE!

Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday at some theaters (like short Pump) during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer.
Tickets for our 2009 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at select theatres’ box office on the day of the show.

Virginia Schedule

Regal Short Pump's schedule:
I added hyperlinks to each movie using the Common sense media website which really helps choosing which movies are appropriate for your aged child.
6/16-6/18 The Tale Of Despereaux (G) & Igor (PG)
6/23-6/25 Mr. Bean’s Holiday (G) & Barnyard (PG)
6/30-7/02 Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G) & Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
7/07-7/09 Horton Hears A Who (G) & Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa (PG)
7/14-7/16 Space Chimps (G) & Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)
7/21-7/23 Everyone’s Hero (G) & Kung Fu Panda (PG)
7/28-7/30 Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (G) & Star Wars: Clone Wars (PG)

8/04-8/06 Charlotte’s Web (G) & Inkheart (PG)

8/11-8/13 Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: Veggie Tale Movie (G) & Monster House (PG)

Other local theaters running this festival include:

Virginia Center Stadium 20 (Glen Allen)
Commonwealth Stadium 20 (Midlothian)
Southpark Mall Stadium 16 (Colonial Heights)
Short Pump Stadium 14 (Short Pump)
Westchester Commons Stadium 16 (Midlothian)

Movieland at Boulevard Square Kids Club Film Series
Free Movies June 23 – August 19. Show times are at 10am, doors open at 9:30am. Seating limited to theater capacity; tickets issued on a first come-first served basis.

Short Pump Towne Center has a free concert series every Thursday through August 27 beginning June 4.
Check there schedule
As of this post, the schedule is:

6th Annual Summer Concert Series
June 4 - August 27
The Summer Concert Series returns on a NEW night beginning June 4th and continuing every Thursday evening (weather permitting) through August 27th. Families are invited to enjoy FREE live music performed by local bands, great food, PRIZES and of course, fabulous shopping! Concerts begin at 6:00 PM and run until 8:00 PM in the Main Plaza.
2009 Summer Concert Series Schedule:

June 4, 2009 - Steve Bassett & The Mystic Soul Bubba's

June 11, 2009 - Cyrus McCormick & The Reapers - 50's & 60's
June 18, 2009 - KOS
- swing
June 25, 2009 - Cedar Creek - modern country

July 2, 2009 - 80z Enuff - 80's music
July 9, 2009 - The Ray Pittman Project -

July 16, 2009 - Ron Moody & The Centaurs

July 23, 2009 - Susan Greenbaum

July 30, 2009 - English Channel

Aug 6, 2009 - NRG Krysys
Aug 13, 2009 - Marna & Macy

Aug 20, 2009 - Souler Coaster

Aug 27, 2009 - KOS

************************************************************************************The Stony Point Fashion Park Water Fountain
Let your kids cool off in the spray fountains outside Dick's Sporting Goods. Don't forget to take a bathing suit, water shoes, towel and change of clothes!

AMF Bowling Nationwide free games for kids and a $23.95 pass for up to 4 adults to play 2 games free per day all summer.
List of participating centers click HERE.
In Richmond, we have the AMF Sunset at 6540 West Broad Street
In Charlottesville, AMF Kegler's 2000 Seminole Trail

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
Kids can build a special project twice a month for free, registration required.
Recommended for 1st thru 5th graders

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Free monthly how-to clinics for children 5-12 years old.

I subscribe to a number of family friendly newsletters with events in the area. The website gives a list of Richmond area family friendly restaurants where kids eat free like Topeka's on Mondays and Lone Star on Tuesdays or others with half price on certain days of the week like Mexico restaurant in Innsbrook on Thursdays. Check it out HERE.

They also have a list of birthday club and other interesting freebies at

Richmond Parents Magazine has a monthly calendar of events:


Don't forget our very own Goochland Farmers Market every Saturday from 8-12 from May through the end of October. They have a calendar of events. Click HERE to see it.
Saturday, June 27 is Kids Day with Alpaca Shearing and a taping of the Virginia Homegrown show with Richard Nunnaly. Another kids day is Saturday, July 25 and August 29.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

First Year the Raspberry Sorbet Peony Bloomed

It, and another pony I have, bloomed while we were away at the beach the first week of May. Fortunately, I picked up this funky painted vase on the way to an Ocracoke day trip that was perfect for it. Unfortunately, they don't last long at all once cut. They didn't last long on the shrub either for that matter.

I need more. Will trade Irises for peony! The Irises also really took off that week and I have to say, I don't care so much for them. Not sure why... They are pretty and I get raves about them.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Too Many Camp Options

Local Summer Camp & Class Options
There are SO many but these are just a few that I think are most interesting for us.

Goochland YMCA Information HERE
Summer Day Camps: HERE
Summer Specialty Camps: HERE

Goochland County Parks & Recreation information HERE
Summer Sports Camps Flyer: Click HERE
Summer Day Camps with the 4-H Flyer: Click HERE

Adams International School 1655 Broad Street Maidens
Camps available for ages 5-12. Call 784-0141 for details and they can e-mail you the schedules.

River City Youth and Fitness 48 Plaza Drive Manakin Sabot
Offers gymnastics, dance, martial arts and a combo sports/gymnastics class for boys ages 3-4.
Check their website: for more information.

Science Museum of Richmond
Summer Camp for ages 4-7th grade information HERE.

The Center for Creative Arts at Shady Grove
4825 Pouncy Tract Rd Glen Allen
Registration Form: Click HERE

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2800 Mountain Rd Glen Allen
Summer class information for youth and adults: Click HERE.

Summer Camp info: HERE.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Green Adventures Summer Camps available for preschool ages 4 through 5th grade
Click HERE for the schedule

Thursday, May 7, 2009

OBX Oceanfront Garden

I can never resist filling a few pots of flowers for the deck while we are at the beach. It just makes it feel more like home. The white gaura lindheimeri 'snow fountain' is taking on a pink tint to the flowers and is just loving the weather.
The geraniums and dahlias bring some great color, especially in the morning sun.
The lantana took a beating in the wind but should survive the summer once I plant it back home.

Same with the fuchsia. and its seashell collection.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Growing Spot - new garden center in Goochland!

While attending the Goochland - Powhatan Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fest last Saturday, I met Peggy who is opening a new garden center shop in one of the empty storefronts at Plum Tree corner on 250 / Broad Street in Manakin-Sabot, Goochland County. Her grand opening is today, Saturday May 2. I wish I could go but won't be able to. Any of you locals who will be in the area, please stop by and check out her new place! Her website is: . One of the first thing she had that caught my eye were rain barrels and compost bins for a great price. We had searched hard for a rain barrel for my mother in law last summer and finally found one at Pleasant's Hardware. I may get one from this lady. You should consider it too!
The picture above is our pink cascade weeping ornamental peach in bloom a few weeks back.

Happy Gardening!