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A yellow finch perches on a basil plant. Photo by Lynn Stayton-EurellI am visiting an extraordinary garden where vegetables pop up in the flower border and flowers shine among the vegetables. Vegetables are often ornamental, especially if left to flower and go to seed as with cilantro, arugula, parsley and kale. When seedlings appear, they are transplanted into a new pattern for the next season’s crop. In this garden, parsley and thyme hedges surround geometric beds of early broccoli followed by green beans. Mexican sunflowers (tithonia) are interplanted with yellow, pink and lime green State Fair zinnias shading summer lettuces planted underneath.
Basil and garlic surround the tomatoes, each in its own square. When the garlic is dug out, fertilizer is added as the tomatoes set fruit. A few elephant garlics are left to flower just for fun. Egyptian onions with odd edible seed heads twist around in several places. Yellow onions have been dug but some are left to bloom with softball size seed heads.
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Where do you live?
In a tiny little house with a beautiful porch east of Palmyra, re-built with the help of many friends.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We first moved here in 1989. Technically, it was the housing prices in Charlottesville that brought us out to Fluvanna. But more generally speaking, it was my bicycle. I fell in love with the gentle beauty of Virginia while riding through on a bike trip and decided to find a way to come back to live here.

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Photo by Lynn Stayton-EurellThree quarters of all flowering plants depend on the 200,000 species of animals to act as pollinators. About 1,000 of these are hummingbirds, bats, and other small animals. The rest are insects; beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies, and moths. Bees intentionally collect pollen while most others carry the pollen about while they are feeding on the flower nectar. Over 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need animal pollinators including blueberries, strawberries, apples, melons, squash and tomatoes.
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Tuesday was one of those days when you just love the excuse to be outdoors for a beautiful spring day after so many hot and humid ones.
People ask about tomatoes and corn. The Fluvanna Market is a “producer market”. So you may see tomatoes at other stands or markets but it is most likely they were grown elsewhere in the state or further south and bought for resale. The benefit to you at this market, is the assurance that if we have it - we grew it or made it. Many of us sell eggs direct from our chickens to you and that is available year round.
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Greenock Bistro & Bakery
353 Caroline Street, Orange
Bistro Open:
Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
540-672-3625
Bakery Open:
Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
540-308-9711
www.greenockbakery.com

Today’s column combines the new - Greenock Bistro just opened for business six months ago, and the old - a lovely old farmhouse built in 1864 filled with interesting antiques at a beautiful, country setting.
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