Spring has arrived. The trees are blooming and my camera is ready. It has been a long time since the grass was green and leaves were on the trees. I will be off to taking pictures in the next few weeks and getting ready for my first Wine in the Woods in Columbia, MD. Over 25,000 people attend this two day event. I am so excited. I was invited to be an artisan this year. I am not sure what to expect, but hope it will be successful. I hope to see some of followers there. Come make my day a success.
It is February and it is snowing today. It has been a cold and wet winter in Maryland. I long for the days when the warmth of the sun lays upon my face and the colors of spring appear. I am planning my next trip to Longwood Gardens, Williamsburg and Charleston to take more pictures. I think the entire east coast will welcome spring.
Thank you to all of my customers for another great year. Enjoy time with family and friends. I wish you a wonderful new year.
Previously I had blogged about a visit to Longwood Gardens. Less than a month later, I returned. Well into autumn, the grounds have begun to lose their blooms as the attention is drawn indoors to the conservatory. This huge enclosed area is home to seasonal floral and yesterday it was thousands of Chrysanthemums of every variety and color. Yesterday was the beginning of the Chrysanthemum Festival with judging of the best blooms taking place by official judges and amateur garden enthusiasts alike. Visitors marveled at the variety of blooms, I among them. I was curious to see if Iwould be amazed as much as my first time visit and I was not disappointed. In a month I will return as Christmas time is a special time there
A week ago, I visited the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, the Lost Colony in North Carolina. Even though autumn was upon us, the gardens were lovely with statues, fall color and symmetrical gardens. Located right on the water between the Outer Banks and the main land, this charming area once, the first colony settled by the English is well inhabited today with homes and shops. The colony lasted less than three years and remains a mystery worthy of discussion by the History Channel and historians alike, offers a nice get away from the beach for a day trip. There was even a wedding rehearsal going on during my visit. It is a dog friendly garden to visit. Dogs are $3.00 each, but our dogs found it too stimulating as they attempted to bark and chase the squirrels. If you are visiting the Outer Banks, take a break from the beach and visit the well shaded gardens dedicated to Elizabeth I.
Last weekend I went to the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. What a wonderful place. We spent 6 hours walking the pathways around well manicured and colorful gardens. The vivid colors of the mums and orchids;the various sizes and shapes of pumpkins and the autumn leaves decorated the country home of the DuPont family. The smoothing sound of the Italian Water Garden fountains and the ponds surrounded by trees changing colors, all made for a spectacular day. I strongly suggest that you visit this outstanding garden. It is while worth the 90 minute drive from the Baltimore area. .
Ever try to find fun places to go with your pets? I have two dogs and we like to take them with us when we travel. Since I like to go to gardens to see the flowers and to historical sites, it is often difficult since many do not allow dogs. However, to my surprise there are some that do allow pets on a leash. The next garden I would like to visit is the Elizabethian Gardens near Roanoke Island in North Carolina. Dogs are allowed on leash for a small fee. I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction and non-fiction about Elizabeth I. I even took two courses in college about the Tudors so I am eager to see the garden with my dogs. If you have a favorite garden that you have visited that is pet friendly, let me know. I would love to check it out.
Recently I have enjoyed exploring gardens in the Maryland area. This summer I have visited gardens in St. Michaels, Maryland, Ladew Topiary Gardens in Baltimore, Maryland, St. Mary's City, Maryland and gardens in and around Charleston, South Carolina . I love seeing the different flowers and am trying to learn the names of the ones that I take photographs of. If you have a favorite garden in the metro area, let me know. I think I will be visiting one this weekend and will post something later this weekend. Debbie