Wisteria Wonder

Wisteria Wonder

It’s May in Pennsylvania, a month which bridges spring to summer. Gardens are the reflection of everyone’s hope that warmer temperatures and easier times are truly here for the season.  Life moves so quickly and a garden clearly reminds us of this.  Longwood Gardens has a wisteria garden.  I visited there on May 13 and the wisteria was glorious.  Purple and white blossoms hung in ringlets from gnarly, woody trunks.  The scent and the color was magical.  May 23 I returned to Longwood, and the wisteria was without color.  The magic was gone, green was the only color.  Tendrils of new growth reached out into thin air. Wisteria is a vine which can grow so vigorously with so much power it can move foundations, yet it’s beauty is so fleeting.  How is it that something can be so beautiful so briefly?  It is a flash of magic, it is a moment to be noticed and enjoyed. If you have made room in your garden for wisteria you understand its incredible power to bewitch and beguile your senses.  If you haven’t experienced the brief beauty of a full bloom of wisteria it is impossible to appreciate how mystical it can be.  Life’s beautiful moments are brief.  Sometimes you simply stand still and enjoy the sparkle.  Don’t miss it!

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Chanticleer Gardens

Chanticleer Gardens

Chanticleer Gardens near Philadelphia, PA is a 35 acre pleasure garden.  Built in the early 20th century it was a summer home of the Rosengarten family.  There are rolling hills, woodlands, a cutting garden, terraces and ponds, it is a truly beautiful garden space.  There is an entire book written to describe and illustrate itsContinue Reading

Killdeer, Killdeer, Henry Schmeider Arboretum

Killdeer, Killdeer, Henry Schmeider Arboretum

There is always a chance of a surprise encounter when wandering into a garden.  Today we explored the Henry Schmeider Arboretum, which encompasses the entire campus of Delaware Valley University.  The iris and peony garden was blooming and hidden among the flowers on bare ground a killdeer sat on a nest. Alert and protective sheContinue Reading

If I were to have a conservatory . . .

If I were to have a conservatory . . .

Mt Cuba Botanic Center Former home of Mr. & Mrs Lammot du Pont Copeland, Hockessin, DE If I were to have a conservatory it would be lovely to have large tall windows facing southeast. From inside I could look out on the rolling hills of the Piedmont range in northern Delaware. The tall windows wouldContinue Reading

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Mt Cuba Gardens, Hockessin, DE A rare day in May found me walking in the woods down a path flanked with blooming ephemeral spring flowers.  There were jack-in-the-pulpit, and the trillions in yellow, wine, red, white and pink were all about the ground.  The native florida flame azalea shrub with its deep orange blossoms added intenseContinue Reading

Nemours, French & Fabulous

Nemours, French & Fabulous

Nemours Mansion and Gardens is Alfred duPont’s tribute to his family’s French Heritage.  In 1909 he built a 102 room mansion in the late-18th-century French style.  The mansion is said to be based upon “Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles.  I toured the mansion and it was lavish and lovely.  The gardenContinue Reading

Welcoming Children in the Garden

Welcoming Children in the Garden

Wandering into a garden one lovely summer day I was greeted with a sign “No Picnicking, No Pets, No Bicycles, No feeding the wildlife.”  Beyond the gate was cool shade, colorful flowers, falling water, birds singing in the trees, rabbits, ducks, and squirrels on a carpet of lush lawn. I found no one in the gardenContinue Reading

Texas Flowers, Clark Gardens, Weatherford, TX

Texas Flowers, Clark Gardens, Weatherford, TX

Beyond the stockyards, the boots and bar-b-Q spring is the time to see Texas flowers bloom.  East of Weatherford, TX is Clark Gardens Botanical Park. A private garden of 55 acres open to the public for spring and fall only.  My mid April visit gave me a glimpse of the famous Texas blue bonnet magic.  GreatContinue Reading

Donna’s Garden

Donna’s Garden

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, a place to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.“  John Muir…   Continue Reading

Yellow Season

Yellow Season

It is yellow season in the Desert Southwest.  It is that brief time between our short spring and very long hot summer when yellow flowering plants seem to be everywhere. No plant announces this season more beautifully than the Palo Verde tree in full bloom.   The small yellow flowers are like spring rain drops suspendedContinue Reading