This morning I woke up wishing I were in Longwood Gardens. So here’s a quick tour of my first visit to the Gardens nearly one year after breaking my jaw in April 2016. Our daughter and her husband were visiting from Portland, Oregon.
Two days ago we took a chance on the weather. D and I, our daughter and her husband piled into the car and drove to Longwood Gardens. My first visit since April 2016. The forecast promised breaks of sun during the day, and temperatures above 60 degrees F. Here are choice photos from our great adventure. Enjoy!
The garrulous catbird in the top photo greeted us in the parking lot.
Never missed a beat.
Here’s a first glimpse of Spring 2017 at Longwood Gardens,
just outside the visitor’s center.
These giant copper beech are across the field,
a first gorgeous sight as we leave the visitor’s center.
Note tiny people on the left side of the tree walk.
Heading toward the flower walk, we’re walking into
the small desert garden of sun-lovers.
No trees overhead.
Turning right, we start down the ‘cool’ color end of the flower walk.
Imagine masses of flowers that look like a living
patch-work quilt that changes each season and every year.
Just to the right of the center fountain in the flower walk
is a beautiful sunken garden
with a serpent fountain overlooking a water pot.
Imagine the sound of water almost everywhere in the gardens.
Now we move into ‘warm’ colors, followed at the end
by a patch of cool green foliage and flowering whites.
Finally, gorgeous blooming wisteria in a shady space
just downhill, beside the flower walk.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 17 May 2017, reposted 5 May 2021
Photo credit: DAFraser
Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, Philadelphia