|THE VICTORIA WATER LILIES AT LONGWOOD GARDENS, ARE WORTH THE VISIT, ALONE.|
Longwood Gardens is best known as one of the great gardens of the world. Formerly the summer home of Pierre S. DuPont, the 1077 acre estate is open to the public year round. Located in Kennett Square, PA, visiting the gardens has been on my bucket list ever since I was about ten years old ( when I would look at the many iconic photos of the garden featured in a Time Life Book on gardening). Now, as an adult, my visit was less monumental, as I expected it to be - the victim of over-exposure, knowledge, or perhaps simply age - the gardens and greenhouses we're like many things experienced as an adult - a little under-stimulating. The vista's and mature plant material particularly the trees, were impressive, what I am talking about are is the general experience - ( common plants that my ten-year-old mind would have been excited to see, but now are less exciting) - frankly, it just probably takes much more to get me excited, today.
|NEARLY 6 FEET IN DIAMETER, THESE PADS ARE LARGEST, IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.|
|CHRYSANTHEMUMS BEING TRAINED IN A WORKING GREENHOUSES BEHIND THE SCENES AT LONGWOOD. MORE ON THIS IN MY NEXT POST.|
|THE 600 FOOT LONG FLOWER GARDEN DRIVE, IS AN AVENUE LINED WITH 27 BALD CYPRESS TREES, AND THIS AUTUMN, PLANTED WITH THOUSANDS OF 5 FOOT TALL PLANTS OF GOLDEN PINEAPPLE SAGE.|
|MOST PEOPLE VISIT THE GARDENS FOR THE FOUNTAINS, HERE, THE MAIN FOUNTAIN GARDEN DURING THE DAY SHOWS THE PASSION FOR FRENCH ARCHITECTURE THAT PIERRE S.DuPONT HAD WHEN HE DEVELOPED THIS PART OF THE GARDEN in 1928.|
|THE CARYOPTERIS ALLEE, AN ICONIC AND FAMILIAR VISTA, FOR ANY GARDENER WHO HAS READ A GARDENING MAGAZINE OR BOOK, LOOKS GREAT, EVEN IN AUTUMN WHEN THE PURPLE SHRUBS ARE NOT IN BLOOM.|