“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” ~George Byron
My surroundings~the pathless woods.
Never more beautiful than in fall…
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Thanks for visiting my surroundings!
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How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence. ~Benjamin Disraeli
On our recent spring trip, we visited our cousin who lives near Wilmington, Delaware. There are at least two beautiful gardens in the Wilmington area that are connected with Dupont estates. One is Winterthur and the other is Longwood Gardens. Longwood happens to be nearby in Pennsylvania. Both garden estates are spectacular and seeing them in the springtime was wonderful, as all the early flowers had bloomed and trees had budded. Put these gardens on your “must-see” list. You will not forget them. I will post Winterthur’s home and gardens at another time.
Both Longwood and Winterthur have incorporated naturalized plantings. As you walk through the woods, you are greeted with redbuds, cherry trees, creeping phlox, scattered daffodils, blue bells, azaleas and many more delights. It truly is a treasure to behold; a fanciful, magical setting, and one I’d love to create at my home. (in my lifetime?!!) Join me as we begin our walk through Longwood Gardens in the more formal flower beds. Then we’ll walk through the woods, passing a lovely pond, and finally finish in the huge conservatory. Let’s go!
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Allee~a path through trees. (no accent available)
The Orchid Room….
Hanging baskets of geraniums.
Newel post in the extraordinary children’s area.
Massive hanging basket of Fuchsia.
I love these “Cones”! Haven’t looked them up yet.
The “Living Wall”. Plants on both sides of the hallway. Incredible!
Wisteria was everywhere! Stunning!
Purple creeping phlox.
I loved the pond, as you can see!
Some were Double-Bloom Redbuds.
The naturalized plantings in the wooded area were gorgeous.
All plantings are naturalized.
Whisper in one corner, you can hear in the other corner of this bench.
I hope you enjoyed our abbreviated tour of Longwood Gardens. There’s so much more to see than what I presented here.
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I have been spending a lot of time on the ground with my camera lately. I have always enjoyed taking photos of plants, rocks, shells and surfaces on the ground, but now I’M on the ground. I have particularly enjoyed taking photos from the ground in the woods, especially with the fall colors. Recently I spent about an hour on the floor of the woods~the only sound was my shutter clicking. I was enjoying the peace and quiet.
I felt a bump on my boot and turned to look around. There, about 4 feet away from me was a gray squirrel. He was eyeing me with surprise and curiosity. He appeared to be thinking: What are YOU doing here? We both were very quiet for a moment, staring at each other, and then he scampered up a tree and was gone.
My favorite day this year in the woods started out cloudy, but then the sun came out ever so slightly. I grabbed my gear and went to the woods. It was perfect. The sun was pale, but bright enough to cast shards of diffused light in areas of the woods. I was lucky enough to capture some interesting photos that day of the trees and leaves alight with golden touches.