Longwood Gardens | Photos

by Elouise

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Tulip Trees in forest beside Longwood Meadow

Last Friday, Longwood Gardens was as spectacular as ever. Great weather, tons of photos. We did the hot and sweaty hike in the meadow, visited the old farm house/historical museum on the far side of the meadow, and spent more time than intended in the meadow due to multiple sightings of birds, wild flowers, interesting trees, strange insects and unexpected detours because of path restoration.

Late in the afternoon we walked beside the Italian water garden, around the large Longwood pond, and through pond-side shrubs and ferns leading to the formal flower walk.  Definitely an over-abundance of color and beauty. And an over-abundance of compost odor all the way down the flower walk.

Here are some photos from our Friday adventure. More later this week.

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Painted Lady butterfly, one of scores we saw

 

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Panorama from one of several pavilions

 

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Bird nest with spring bonnet – tree swallow

 

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Tree Swallow – fearless, keeping an eye on us!

 

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Wildflowers – Do you know what they are?

 

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Not sure what this is. Do you see one or two?

 

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Bull frog in pond – Here’s looking at you, kid.

 

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Italian Water Garden – sorry, no sound effects

 

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Bullfrog heaven – far end of the large pond

 

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Formal Flower Walk – fountain marks midpoint

 

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Stairway to hot weather plants and succulents

End of mini-tour!
Thanks for coming.

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 8 June 2015
Photo credit: DAFraser, 5 June 2015 at Longwood Gardens