Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Distracted by Springtime

Last week I spent a wonderful time catching up with old friends in the beautiful state of Virginia.  I wanted to post my pics as soon as I arrived home, but I was just so amazed to find my own gardens bursting with color, that, well, needless to say I was a tad distracted.

One of my favorite azaleas.

You see, when I left hardly anything was up, let alone blooming.  Virginia is a good two weeks ahead of us here in Upstate NY so I was in heaven touring their gardens

First stop was Kenmore, Home to George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis.

Love the contrast between the box woods and the yuccas.

Next stop was the home of Mary Washington, George's mother.

This stunning tree peony at the Mary Washington House in Fredericksburg was in full bloom.

The week before was the annual Virginia Garden Tour.  The Mary Washington House had empty picture frames scattered about the gardens.  

Picture perfect!

So going to make this as a seasonal bed.

Oatlands, just outside of Leesburg,  was home to the Carter family.  The plantation house and surrounding grounds are simply breathtaking.

Great architectural feature in the vegetable garden.

The second oldest greenhouse in the United States dating to 1810.
Underneath the canopy of the Japanese maples outside the greenhouse.

 One day we ventured into Washington DC and spent the afternoon at the home of Marjorie Merriweather PostI wish I could share pictures of the fabulous interior, but there was a suspicious guard lurking about. 

I did manage to take this picture from M M Post's bedroom window!
One of many azalea lined walkways.  Some specimens are over fifty years old.
Japanese inspired gardens.

The greenhouse with a collection of over two thousand orchids.

This one was fascinating.

My last day was spent in the quaint, historic town of Leesburg.  Antique shops galore with  most items reasonably priced.

Of course, every great adventure must end with an equally great meal.  One of the local shop keepers recommended Tuscarora Mill and we were not disappointed.

Fried Green Tomatoes...Perfect!


  1. Looks like a lovely place to visit!

  2. Virginia is such a lovely state. Touring historical homes is one of my favorite activities. Thank you for sharing your pictures!

    Also, thank you for your comment and prayers.

  3. You've visited one of my favourite areas of your country (I'm from Canada) and now I have to add these homes to the "must see" list. Did you get to Luckett's Store in Leesburg while you were there?

    visiting from The Impatient Gardener.

    1. @ Heather, I did not get to Luckett's Store, but I did check out their website and it is definitely on my list for my next visit to Leesburg!