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Flowers about the Inn

July 17, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

We decided to do a visual blog this month since these pictures are just too pretty to muddle with a bunch of words!  Be sure to let us know what your favorite summer flowers are.   And as always……if you have something unique, we love to share and trade!

(click on the flowers to enlarge them)

 

White Geraniums, Purple Lantana and stripped Petunias – very cheery!

Purple Garden Phlox

Pink Garden Phlox

Gladiolus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squirrel checking out the Primroses (Oenothera speciosa)

Johnny Jump-up  (Viola cornuta) grows under the old pump

Impatient in the wheel-barrel

Pansies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got lilies – LOTS of lilies!

Red

Bright Yellow

and My favorite – Pink Stargazer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love in the Mist (Nigella damascena)      Looks so delicate!

Pink and White Tall Garden Phlox circles the sitting area

Twin Great Spangled Fritillary Butterflies on the Coneflowers

Knockout rosebud – so pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuscan Sun – Perennial Sunflower

Hot Pink Verbena

More Verbena and roses

Threadleaf Tickseed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Salvia lines the parking area

Purple and Green Hellebores

Found a nifty use for the old wagon and some enamel ware that I had

Container plants greet the guests -MUCH better then the mystery shrub that used to be there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a little garden around the old tree stump with a purple verbena and some candy tuft.

The ‘Rohrbach Farm’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maya & Zoey enjoying the pretty planter outside the General’s Quarters…

 

 

2016 in Review

January 6, 2017 by jacobrohrbach

Click here to watch our Year in Review

A New Year usually brings with it both a sense of reflection and the possibility of change and, for us, 2016 was no exception. We entered our second year of Innkeeping last January with a lot of big plans for the Inn, and we wanted to finish the year by looking back and celebrating all of the events and changes that took place.

From all of us at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn: “THANK YOU!”  Thank you for your business, friendship, loyalty, and support in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017!

 

 

Changes around the Inn

July 20, 2016 by jacobrohrbach

It has been a busy first half of the year at the Inn with all the updates, additions and changes.  Here is a little peek at what’s been happening.

Unfortunately,  we had to remove two trees this spring, the Maple tree by the parking lot and the Ash tree in the backyard.  Our friends as Prefered Arbor Care in Hagerstown did a great job.  With the parking lot opened up, we decided to put in a new rock wall and flower bed along the front to welcome guests as they pulled in.

Prepared Arbor Care

Getting ready to start removing the Ash tree in the yard.

Prepared Arbor Care

Taking down the tree by the parking lot.

 

Putting in garden

Putting in the flowers

New flower bed

New flower bed

 

An over grown bush was removed to open the view to the Spring House.  As we were leveling out the ground what we thought was a rock turned out to be an old pipe.  It looks really good with the new sod in place.

An unexpected surprise...

An unexpected surprise…

Springhouse

New sod coming in nicely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the walk, we thought it would be the perfect spot for a new seating area.

Maya lending a 'paw' digging in the garden.

Maya lending a ‘paw’ digging in the garden.

Our new Blue & Grey Garden.

Our new Blue & Gray Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers coming in around the seating area.

Flowers coming in around the seating area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the addition of the new seating area and the Ash tree gone, we moved the old pump closer to the house and designed a new flower bed around the old maple tree.

Maya & Zoey supervising the job.

Maya & Zoey supervising the job.

Getting ready to take out bush.

Getting ready to take out the Mock Orange bush

 

 

 

Finish!

Finished!

The old well pump.

The old well pump.

 

Found a nice spot for our little wheelbarrow boy.

Our big wheelbarrow boy looking for a nice spot for our little wheelbarrow boy.

Found a nice spot for our little wheelbarrow boy

Under the lilac bush – perfect!

 

We added a few more blueberry bushes, some other vegetables to go with the tomatoes and peppers; added the herb garden and the strawberries took off like wildfire.

Watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, and zucchini plants

Watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, and zucchini plants

Planted herb barden

Potted herb garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberry patch

Blueberry patch

Strawberries

Strawberries

Tomatos & Peppers

Tomatoes & Peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With most of the major projects done outside, we had time for a few updates inside.  We upgraded the mini-fridge in the General’s Quarters and moved that smaller one to the Harpers Ferry Suite.  The flat screen TVs in both the Clara Barton Suite and the Thomas Jackson Room were upgraded.  And finally, just in time to beat the summer heat, both the Jackson Room and the Clara Barton Suite received their own individually controlled high efficiency cooling and heating systems.  These two Mitsubishi wall-mounted, ductless systems were installed by McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning along with Steenburg Electrical Services.  In a few hours these guys had completed both rooms and it was a comfortable 65 degrees, outstanding job!

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McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning and Steenburg Electrical Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running the line from the Clara Barton Suite.

Running the line from the Clara Barton Suite.

Hooking up the electricity

Hooking up the electricity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Jackson Room

Thomas Jackson Room

New wall unit in the Clara Barton Suite,

Clara Barton Suite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s all the updates for now.  Check back in the fall to see more of the changes around the Inn.

Pollinators at the Inn

June 27, 2016 by jacobrohrbach

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Visiting Purple Sage

 

Everyone that stays at the Inn comments on the yard, almost always like this: “Wow, this is beautiful!”, “Do you do all of this yourselves?”, “This is a lot of work!”  The response to those comments is: “YES!”   Yes, it is beautiful and yes, it is a lot of work, but we can’t say we do it all ourselves.  Mother Nature has provided some outstanding helpers, our friends the pollinators!  If you didn’t know, National Pollinator Week was this month (June 20-26)  and I thought it would be fun to do a photo blog of some of our garden assistants hard at work in the flower beds.

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Checking out the Coral Bells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lunching on a Lavender Pincushion Flower

 

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Resting on a White Impatient

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They love the Purple Sage

 

 

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Honey Bee blending into an Annual Sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Blue Lobelia’s petals mirror the bee’s wings

 

 

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Taking a taste of a Blue Pincushion flower

Bee inside flower

Dipping inside a Hosta Bloom

 

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)

Filling up at an Obedient Plant

 

 

 

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