|Our top field is still blanketed in snow|
Winter may have taken its last gasp in the Poconos, but spring has NOT yet sprung in my garden. Looking at garden blogs around the world today, I see irises, hellebores, tulip trees, crocuses, more hellebores, daffodils, columbines, and even roses (the roses are in New Zealand.) For a taste of spring, check out these and all the wonderful gardens on Carol's blog where she hosts Garden Blogger's Bloom Day on the 15th of every month. The snow has started to thaw here, but no blooms, just a (thinner) blanket of white. I'm sorry Carol, but I will be posting about a trip we took in warmer times, as I dream of the promise of spring coming to my yard.
My grandson, Jonathan, whom you have met several time on this blog, loves miniature trains. We took him to Longwood Gardens, near Philadelphia, PA, to see their garden railway, last year. He was there for the trains; I was there for the plantings.
|See the hot pepper bottom right?|
It may not be edible, but the ornamental hot pepper certainly warms up this space. An interesting annual for garden and planters.
|Ornamental Hot Pepper Capsicum annum|
|A mix of textures near the waterfall in the garden railway|
There were lots of grasses. I wished I had a 'map' of the plantings, or that there was more labeling. If a plant is not growing in my garden, I often have trouble with its identification.
Beautiful blooms ...
|Goldenrod Solidago 'Fireworks'|
... and of course there were the trains, which Jon absolutely loved.
|A pretty coleus at the edge of the track|
|They used a variety of screening, including this bamboo fence.|
Jon and H.H. were reluctant to say 'goodbye' to the trains, but there is so much more to see at Longwood. We went into the greenhouses, sat by the pond, enjoyed the many fountains, and finally my favorite, visited the new meadow garden.
|Rosa 'Maria' (my daughter's name is Maria)|
|The enormous lily pads are amazing|
|The main fountain area|
I was eager to see the new Meadow Garden at Longwood. This ecologically sensitive landscape offers more than three miles of walking and hiking with accessible boardwalks and interesting bridges. There are open fields, lush wetlands, and diverse habitats for flora and fauna. Other highlights include a Pollinator Overlook, eastern deciduous woodlands where the Lenni-Lenape lived, and the Webb farm with nineteenth century cow pastures.
|The new Meadow Garden|
“A garden, to be a work of art, must have the soul of the native landscape in it.”
-- Jens Jensen, Landscape Architect
I resolve to return this year to spend a whole day in the meadow.
Before we left Longwood Gardens, we lingered at my favorite spot which is so peaceful and serene....
|A favorite spot if mine.|
Thank you, Carol, for hosting Garden Blogger's Bloom Day; again I offer my apologies for deviating from the rules. Carol says you can have flowers every month of the year. I agree: if not in my garden, then in my memories.
Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
|One of the many beautiful trees ...|
|... with interesting bark ...|
|... and fruit.|
Japanese Flowering Dogwood, Cornus kousa
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