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Late Summer at Longwood Gardens 2021 | Photos

The sun was out; the sky was blue; there was a lovely breeze in the air; humidity was low; and school was back in session! The perfect recipe for a not-too-crowded visit to Longwood Gardens. Plus, it was our one-day-early 56th wedding anniversary! All photos were taken by David.

Below is the central pond in Longwood’s famous water lily garden. Since there’s no easy way to capture the whole show, I’ve picked out some favorites, including one young platter still unfolding/unrolling its brand new pad. A small water ferry for a princess!

The corner pond below borders the conservatory hallway just next to an indoor desert garden display. The photos below highlight gorgeous leaves and one spectacular snow-white water lily.

We could have spent the entire day in the water lily garden. However, the sun, our determination to see the flower walk, and my yearning to walk through the meadow yet again kept us going. Besides, we were hungry for lunch. So when we walked back through the conservatory, here’s what we saw hanging from the rafters and lining the path to food and more late-summer beauty.

Finally, here’s what we saw when we sat down to eat our Happy Anniversary lunch at Longwood Gardens Café:

David’s lovely salad bowl

My cup of vegetarian chili full of surprises beginning with hot pepper.
Need I say more? 

We had a beautiful day roaming here and there. I’m hoping to post some of my favorite flower walk and meadow photos. But not today.

Thanks for stopping by!

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 24 September 2021
Photos taken by DAFraser at Longwood Gardens, 10 September 2021

Looking for Serenity | Photos


Frequent Visitor to Water Lily Ponds at Longwood Gardens

Every time I visit the water-lily garden at Longwood, I want to sit on a bench and drink in the serenity. I could use a little right now. So here it is. A virtual tour. Free of charge!

This photo looks back toward a large display hall in the Conservatory.
Note the round pond in the center of the courtyard,
with a blossoming lotus plant in the center.


Six rectangular ponds like this one surround the central pond.


The garden also includes plants that thrive
in ponds and wetlands, such as
this Dwarf Papyrus from South West Africa.


Here’s a view looking toward another side of the Conservatory,
water-loving plants in the background.


Next, close-ups of water lilies in full bloom.






It takes a lot of effort to keep this garden looking spiffy!


One last serene lotus blossom.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.

Click here to read the full text of the original prayer.

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 29 June 2015
Photo credit: DAFraser, October 2005, July 2014, June 2015
Full text of serenity prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, written in 1926.

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