Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spring is finally here!

WOW!!! What a sight to see all the bulbs blooming right now in the mountains of western North Carolina. First, we saw daffodils. Next came the tulips. Now we are starting to see day lillies and the pansies are back from the dead (at least they looked dead!). I was sooooooo tired of seeing nothing but brown and gray! It really doesn't matter much what color it is, as long as it has any color. The unfortunate thing about spring is that it brings with it the nasty green coating all over everything in the form of pollen. Great for the bees, not so hot for keeping our bed & breakfast looking pristine. We have to clean the rockers on the back patio and front porch two to three times per day! I don't know about you, but I have better things to do with my time!

The thing that makes the pollen situation worse for us is the fact that once our altitude stops blooming we have to go through it all over again when the higher altitudes do the same! Its so bad, we can't even open the windows on a nice day without pollenating everything in the inn. I've heard of "go green" but that is just gross!!!! Having grown up in Florida, I'm used to some pollen when the live oaks bloom. This area is like Florida on crack! Does anyone else out there have pollen overdrive in your area? Somehow it will make me feel better knowing I'm not alone.

We are scheduled for a little R&R at the end of April (Yea!!). Has anyone been to Banner Elk or Boone, North Carolina before? Is there something special we should be sure to do while we're there? Dina and I are looking forward to getting in some mountain golfing, hiking and horseback riding. I'm sure shopping can't be ruled out, since we're already there and all! Dina is not a shopper. There's one of those in every couple, isn't there? I love the challenge of finding the best deals on what we need. I used to spend money on anything, just so I could say I bought something. I guess I must be growing up because now I at least have to have it on a "need this" list.

The attached picture was taken in our front garden. We are soooo looking forward to warmer weather so we can spend time outside in our gardens. Nothing makes me happier than seeing your hard work pay off with beautiful landscaping. This year we will be spending alot of time sprucing up the gardens at our Waynesville, North Carolina Bed & Breakfast Inn. Can't wait!!
Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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