Splendor in the Grass: Annual bloom of forget-me-nots brightens Batavia garden
Drive west on Route 5 and just after you pass Wortendyke Road, glance right -- a carpet of blue will capture your eye.
Dennis Wood, a watercolor artist and retired GCC instructor, lets his large piece of property bloom every year in forget-me-nots, the delicate little flower that grows in fields no taller than six inches.
The Wood residence has become well known for its yards full of little blue flowers.
Dennis said the previous owner, Jerry Wallace, who used the property as a base for his landscaping business, let the forget-me-nots start to cover the ground, and then Dennis's late wife Jane continued the spring tradition.
"I wait until they go to seed and then I mow, which spreads them even more," said Wood, who has lived on the property for 19 years.
He still teaches drawing classes at the INS station, which makes this his 45th year of teaching.
Photographers from all over the area head to the Wood place each spring, he said -- most ask permission to come on the property and take pictures, which he prefers, but he said he welcomes anybody who wants to enjoy the splendor in the grass.
A pair of Pembroke musicians, he said, had their picture taken last year in his yard for the cover of their CD.
The landscape has also proven popular with the Batavia Art Society, of which he's a member. He said he's been meaning to invite the local photography club to his garden, as well.
He told me I was actually a little early -- the full glory of the bloom, he said, probably won't be until about mid-May.