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Colorful Crape Myrtles can be found growing along Tufton Pond at Lake Monticello. Photo on right by Lynn Stayton-EurellAbelia, forsythia, quince, weigelia, kolkwitzia, eleagnous, rose of Sharon; these are the old fashioned shrubs which are the backbone of many gardens. None is more beautiful than the crape myrtles blooming right now. There are hundreds of selections available from 1’ to 100’, from white through shades of pink, red and purple. They come in all shapes from spiky ground covers, to weeping forms, upright and vase shaped. Many have four season interest with bright orange, red and burgundy fall foliage, sinewy limbs and exfoliating bark.
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Where do you live?
I live on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy.
How long have you lived in Fluvanna? What brought you here?
I have lived in Fluvanna since 2008, after taking a teaching job at Fork Union Military Academy.
Tell us about your work.
I am a middle school English teacher at Fork Union Military Academy. Along with classroom teaching, I coach soccer and spend time with the cadets throughout the week.
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While visiting my aging mother, my sister and I began to do some gardening which she is no longer able to do. My sister dumped out her garden tool bag and out fell a security vest in neon green. When I asked why that was in with her garden tools, she said she uses it when she goes out with the “citizen pruners” in her town.
She has taken a course with the cooperative extension service in her state to prune trees and shrubs using “correct technique, common sense, and a feel for aesthetics.” After taking the course and getting a five year license, members go out as a team with an extension leader and prune overgrown public areas. They prune bicycle paths and parks, clear brush and limbs from blocking highway signs and generally keep the town looking good. Any time a limb is damaged or there is a danger to pedestrians, the citizen pruners are called on. If you participate in the pruning program, the $100 fee is paid for you.
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Doughboy Market & Bakery
6440 Thomas Jefferson Prwy (Rte. 53)
Palmyra, VA 22963
434-589-8999
www.doughboymarket.vpweb.com
Tues and Wed 6 am to 6 pm
Thu - Sun 6 am to 9 pm
Closed Monday

Two months ago I received an email from my friend Patsy, informing me that she and her husband had just enjoyed a delicious lunch at Doughboy Market & Bakery. She suggested that I review it for this column and I am so glad that she did. As I did not care for the previous market and bakery (Breadboy) I had not noticed the change of name, chef, and improvement in the variety and quality of the food offered. It is too bad that the names are so similar and can be confusing. After several visits and input from others in the community, I am finally prepared to provide my readers with several reasons to visit Doughboy, a new market (think deli/bistro) and bakery with a young, enthusiastic and enterprising chef.
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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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