Longwood Gardens: The Finale

5 Oct

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Hi Everyone,

As promised here are the final pictures we took at Longwood Gardens yesterday, these water lilies were so lovely, some species have huge sized pads that seem about 2 feet across and look like giant fluted pie/quiche dishes, one feels yet another quilt design coming on, perhaps with applique!

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These pictures are showing part of the water gardens, water is used to great effect here, this tumbling waterfall is reminiscent of the one that is at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England.

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This is the smaller Water Garden, all these fountains and sprinklers play in unison and are very effective, the shade on either side must provide a great shelter from the hot sun in the summer months.

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I am sure everyone will recognise these peppers, you just feel you want to pick one and use it in a recipe, not a good idea as they are all ornamental, they have been used to great effect by en masse planting, not only in the oranges but red and yellows too.

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These next three pictures were taken in the Conservatory, a huge greenhouse with potting shed and cultivation sheds.

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All these types of Chrysanthemums were being cultivated along the walkways, as you can see the single ones are huge, I particularly liked the ‘fringy’ ones and they all remind me of the Martha Negley called ‘Mumms’ fabric we have at Sawmillers.

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This penultimate picture is of  what I call my mothers Golden Rod, we used to grow this for her flower arrangements, so it was interesting to see it not only being grown at Longwood but can also be found growing wild on the sides of the roads

DSCF0218So our visit to Longwood came to an end, we were able to hear chimes playing from this tower as we walked back to the car, all in all a lovely day spent in the post summer sun, today we are off to Allentown as I said, so shall tell you all about it in the next posting.

Until then

Happy Quilting

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