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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Beauty Around Every Corner...

We snuck away to Longwood today. Who could blame us? Blue skies, sunshine, temps in the 60's! We were traveling light today as Rachel and Sarah are at Grandma's for a few days, one of the many benefits of homeschooling.

Longwood is hosting a big Orchid Show this weekend, and let me tell you it is stunning. I am not really an orchid lover but the Conservatory is stunning.
These Forget Me Not's and Blue Poppies are beautiful together in the Orangery portion of the Conservatory. My camera does not pick up the colors correctly and it annoys me to no end.

I started to take photos of plants that I might want to add into my own gardens. That is the thing about Longwood that I love - it is full of inspiration!

These are Margarete Daisy standards and white mum hydrangea. I don't remember what the pink flowered standards are - sorry!

These gorgeous standards are made from Orchids, ferns and several other greens. In the base of the pots are small ivys. The colors are much darker and richer than my camera shows.

Aren't they lovely?

Outside, the little man ran around a path in the Children's garden...he was being a train.

Longwood has stunning vistas...the spot of orange are tulips that have bloomed. The other patches you see are all different kinds of tulips...we will be going back in a few weeks to see them all in bloom.

I wish this hadn't been shot in sepia...I didn't realize that it was set on that. I always love this view because the Conservatory rising in the background makes me think of Pemberley. I always expect to see Mr. Darcy and Lizzie strolling through the gardens...

I came home full of inspiration to make our home a place of beauty. I already weeded the area under the lilac...and I am going to make compost out of the weeds. I love nature!


Becky K. said...

I love the one in sepia. So, I am glad you took it! A couple of the pictures aren't showing up for me unless I click on them. Wonder what is up with that?

Anyway, I took some photos of the guys at work in the water gardens to show Mikey. I think that might have been one of his favorite things to work on there.

Glad you got to get away and enjoy the day!

Becky K.

Bizy Janes said...

OH how beautiful!!!
~ Heather from Bizy Janes

sherry said...

You're so fortunate to have Longwood so near your home. We have amazing gardens in San Francisco but jAnie don't go there much...only under duress ;o) I think I need to seek out gardens nearer to home. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your lovely day. :o)

jAne * tickleberry farm

Melissa G said...

Those pictures are inspiring! That's one thing i really miss here. I miss having a spot of earth to poke in and grow flowers. I'll have to get some potted plants for around our door outside. But then who would take care of them when we leave in the summer? =( I just know i need some flowers to call my own! =)

Alicia @ said...

Great pics!! Its a very cool day here too. Love your new blog background!!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

My daughter had part of her wedding pictures taken in sepia. Interesting... beautiful but interesting.

Gorgeous flowers!

Tracy said...

Each time you and Becky show off the beauty of Longwood Gardens I long to go. Perhaps one time when we gat back to PA to visit family we will come farther east and meet you there!

Mama to 12, so far said...

Wow! that place is beautiful! Just beautiful! I wish to visit it. (And your family too! LOL!)

I love beautiful gardens.


  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent Saturday, doing things around the house, and then we swam. Kyle and Sarah left after that...