Autumn again? Yes, it’s another year and we are preparing for the Autumn Photo Walks here at the Promise Gardens and in our city. It is a glorious time for photography! A reminder from last season:
As Fall sheds the last weeks of its beauty, we have walked the gardens, forests, parks and waterfronts capturing their exquisite beauty and color. The Promise Gardens are being prepared to sleep for the winter and tucked away before our first big snowfall. This morning’s misty light snow flurries reminded us that getting Fall photographs posted are a must-do for this week. Thanksgiving and its bounty are right around the corner so dedication to these are an important part of our photography work and seasonable personal enjoyment of color and beauty. Soon the pristine white of snow will replace these amazing colors.
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Autumn,–the slow name lingers,
While we likewise flag;
It silences many singers;
Its slow days drag,
Yet hasten at speed
To leave us in chilly need
For Winter to strip indeed.
by Christina G. Rossetti
And now it is late August and we are pinning away for missed days of sunshine frolic, garden-walking, flower-cutting, fruit-producing, scenes-adoring and soon the changing leaves and hues of late summer-early fall will be upon us. Where or where has it gone? We shall enjoy a few more weeks of garden bliss and flower pots of lovelies in the gardens and room-filled vases to behold them awhile longer.
~ ~ ~ ANGELS in the early morning May be seen the dews among, Stooping, plucking, smiling, flying: Do the buds to them belong?
Angels when the sun is hottest May be seen the sands among, Stooping, plucking, sighing, flying; Parched the flowers they bear along.*
We are in the gardens after the rains and busy as can be getting the plantings done and dusted for the June Rose & Flower Garden Show. The cold weather and rains made havoc of the garden calendar but we are now on our way to completion. It’s really starting to look fabulous and blooms are popping out so you will see many postings on the blog over the next month of these natural beauties.
A recent garden center shopping trip yielded the lovelies in this storyboard. A trip to Lowe’s for new paints for these well-worn pots and brave new colors for the garden furniture and fixtures. I love the old and new, worn and shiny too.
Sneak Peek: New to the gardens this year are the beautiful Bougainvillea for two huge pots on the lower porch with full sun all day. They are gorgeous and have supplanted the roses that usually inhabit them. I have also created three hanging baskets, a floral container for the “Lydia” statue, filled 20 large containers with flowers, shrubs, created veggie pots, grape vines, strawberries and more! Photos and updates forthcoming — so fun, I also get to photograph them.
It is “beginning to look a lot like bountiful gardens everywhere you go” (in the gardens). Love it and grow your gardens with me! Happy gardening!
The Promise Gardens of Winchester’s upcoming Rose & Flower Show are dressing up Spring as blooms are bursting forth in the gardens. It is a beautiful sight after the long months of winter and rainy spring and like the “Festival of Flowers” at Biltmore Estate and Spring blooms at Hershey Park, is an incredible display of color. To prepare for the show and to replace plants that were lost over the winter, we visited “Weber’s Nursery & Gar … Read More
It’s that time again, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival week and the City of Winchester is decked out in all of its finery for a week of festival delights. The Festival is one of the largest in the US and a wonderful with an eclectic array of activities including parades, floats, celebrities and more. Check out “The Bloom” site for more details. HDR Note: Many of the buildings in the historic district are made up of brickwork from various genera … Read More