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I’ve decided to do the photo challenge today instead of the daily post.

“Art” isn’t just paintings and sculptures, it can be anything in which we find beauty and meaning — even food. Show us a thing, place, or person that’s a work of art to you.

My husband’s avocation is landscape design. It’s more than a hobby because of the thought, planning and effort he puts into it. Twenty-eight years ago we bought our current house more for the acre yard than the house — it had so many possibilities, but so much work to be done. Over the years my husband has redesigned much of the landscape putting in interesting shrubs, trees and perennials that are either native Virginia plans or particularly suited to this area. We have something blooming almost year-round, including a virbunum Bodnant that bloom as early as February, far earlier than anything else.

Where we live use to be farmland, and when we moved in there were few trees around. We were delighted with the 300 year-old maple that stands next to our house with old farm implements embedded in the trunk. At the highest point of the yard, dividing the main garden from the orchard/vineyard area, are two massive stately white cedars. The ground around and below them contains various bushes and from the early blooming andromeda to the later blossoming rhododendrons.

Even the small vinifera vineyard with it hearty vines and shiny leaves are attractive in their neat rows. Of course, the blossoming fruit trees are pretty, but much more useful when their fruit is ripe.

Yes, it may have taken 28 years, but we have a wonderful garden, by design, through lots of hard work, and long (happy) hours, and it is a work of art.

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