Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wandering Mind and Wander . . . Lust

Thoughts on area garden spots that can serve as fun day trips . . .

Do Tell variety of peony from Peony Meadows. Some peonies are still in bloom at their nursery in Stony Point (nine miles northeast of Charlottesville). As their site mentions, the best time to plant peonies is in the fall. So this trip could start some daydreaming on your end for next spring's peony bounty.

The knot garden from Agecroft Hall in Richmond, VA. These gardens are part of an actual English Tudor estate in which the manor house was dismantled and shipped from England to the present spot - overlooking the James River. The famous Charles Gillette had a hand in Agecroft's landscape - which also includes a sunken garden and a fragrance garden that "blooms with Elizabethan aromatics." Um, I am so there.

Staunton, Virginia. Gorgeous homes, old gardens, wrought iron fences, winding brick pathways. Visit this super-quaint city and walk it. Residents take pride in their plots and maintaining a sense of Staunton's history. Which is a boon for us garden-stalkers. I meander, big time, through this town and take many a mental note . . .

Poe's Enchanted Garden - Then

Poe's Enchanted Garden - Now

The Enchanted Garden at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Who knew that dark, morose dude liked a cheery spot to warm the cockles of his Tell-Tale Heart? This spot in Richmond has been on my radar for a while. A courtyard design that is beguiling in its simplicity. These images are from the Richmond Then and Now website.

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