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Early Spring at Longwood | Photos 1

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Rosebud popping out and a vacant bird nest for rent near Longwood’s large lake

Here’s a repost of some favorite photos. They’re about new life and new growth emerging from what often looks like death or the end of the world as we’ve know it. Signs of hope and beauty. Not forever, but for a season.

Yesterday was gorgeous! Cloudy, breezy, mild. Perfect for visiting Longwood Gardens. Here are some favorites taken, as always, by D. All I did was point my finger now and then if he hadn’t already clicked the camera!

We’re at the front end of the flower walk, near the main entrance.
These perky blossoms were in the cacti and succulent area,
popping up out of the gravel.
They look like they’re crafted from crepe paper.

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Nearby were more sedate, formal stonecrop
in different shapes and patterns.
This one wasn’t as uptight as some of the others!

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The following are from the flower walk itself–
a formal promenade between ever-changing seasonal plants and flowers.
Yesterday only the early signs of spring were out.
Even so, it was spectacular, and had me in tears a few times.
There’s something healing about seeing life
spring from the still-cold ground.

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Here we have early spring tulips,
followed by daffodils against a stone wall
and another variety of tulip.

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This is one of Longwood’s magnificent Japanese cherry trees in full bloom.
We’re just over halfway through the flower walk.
You can see scores of tulips and other bulbs not yet in bloom.
Three views of the cherry tree–

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Finally, a few more early tulips in creamy white,
and dainty snowdrops.
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I wish I could have taken all of you with me in person!
I have more photos, though, and will share some of them later.
Happy weekend, everybody!
Smell a flower today and smile at someone you don’t even know.

Elouise

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 1 April 2016, reposted 8 April 2021
Photo credit: DAFraser, March 2016
Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania

Early Spring at Longwood | Photos 1

P1120817

Rosebud popping out and a vacant bird nest for rent near Longwood’s large lake

Yesterday was gorgeous! Cloudy, breezy, mild. Perfect for visiting Longwood Gardens. Here are some favorites taken, as always, by D. All I did was Read the rest of this entry »

Longwood Gardens | Photos

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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

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