Becky, Georgia, Bonnie and I met for lunch and then went to Longwood together. It was a really nice day, and I'm glad we got to spend it together.
The trees are so beautiful.
Then we walked up to the brick walk. This walk is different all through the year. They change out the plants seasonally, but it's always beautiful and interesting.
Right now they have a lot of tall plants like the Cannas (in different colors) and also a lot of plants in the mint family, and lots of Dahlias, too.
I was using my phone camera so sometimes the focus is off and I couldn't always get the right color, so I've played with the editing on some of them a bit. The colors are so amazing in person! I love gardens and plants and love to see the creative way that Longwood puts their plantings together!
This is a nice area at the end of the brick walk. The plantings are very different in here. They seem like plants that would thrive in a more arid climate. There were also nice benches to sit on.
You can see in some of the photos that the sky was cloudy. It was a breezy day and chilly!
Up to the Conservatory where I couldn't wait to see photos of the Fountain area. I had heard about this project and it is going to be amazing when it is done. It will be 2017 before it is completed.
I took this panoramic photo of this space. There is no curve in the railing in real life. It is a huge project.
Inside the Conservatory. This rotating sphere was interesting.
I always like to see the Bonzai. They had several really old ones, including one from 1909!
In the courtyard between the greenhouses is this neat space with Water Lilies. Again the flowers were a much deeper color in person, but I didn't want to edit these because I love the green against the dark water.
I'm thinking of renewing my membership. I just love it there and love to find places to sit and read and enjoy the beauty of these gardens!
Christmas is always nice at Longwood, so I think we'll definitely make another trip soon.
Judith, if you ever come here for your bucket list trip, I'd love to meet up with you! It would be amazing to tour the gardens with a Master Gardener!