Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Favorite Places & Gardens in 2012, Part 1


Here are some shots to recap some of the beautiful gardens and sights from last year.


In February after a few months without gardening and flowers I attended the Home And Garden Show which was celebrating the bicentennial of Columbus the state capital.
I am certain by this February I will be fed up with winter and be in need  of a flower fix once more and ready to attend the Garden Show again.



In March Shelly and I were off to the Franklin Park Conservatory to see the Butterfly Exhibit.

And we were there just in time to see the giant Amorphophallus  Konjac Araceae in bloom.

And there to was displays of Orchids in a rainbow of colors that would brighten any winter day,



In May we visited the Oak Ridge Mansion and toured the house and were given free rein to walk all around the estate and gardens at our leisure.




A visit to Charlottesville Virginia's to wander around the Historical District of the city with its many fantastic shops.


We drove out the Shenandoah Mountains and found so many beautiful wild flowers in bloom ….


and the Mountain Laurels were beautiful to see along the mountain sides and road.


We also got to see our first Blue Bunting bird.

A visit to Natural Bridge which was really impressive to see.


And the fragrance of Summer Sweet blooms were filling the air.


Also the sound of the seventeen year cicadas was heard all around us upon the mountains and along the trails.


A visit to Monticello and its gardens.

With red poppies……..

And red Sweet Williams………



  Part 2 of my favorite places and gardens will be posted soon………

Happy Gardening,



Sunray Gardens said...

All great photos. The Natural Bridge is a site to remember. Love the Laurels. So wanted to put some in here since they're evergreen but require acid soil and knew it would be wasted money and time. Monticello and Oak Ridge are both beautiful! Hope your New Year is just as wonderful.
Cher Sunray Gardens

earlene said...

Amazing Lona!!!!
So love looking at all of it and very peaceful.
Happy New Year

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Here's to another year!

Happy New Year!

Bren Haas said...

Happy New Year - your images always inspire me! That landscape light with spring blooms under it is simple breath taking!

Bren in BG Ohio!

lynn'sgarden said...

A year in tours...love it! How lucky you got to see that rare (and was it stinky?) plant in bloom! Happy New Year, Lona!

Janneke said...

Beautiful pictures of the places you visited last year. And indeed, when February has arrived and there is no ice and snow, I want spring!!!!!!
When we ever visit the US we have to choose of many places to visit.

Nadezda said...

Lona, you've visited many interesting places in last year. I love you thoughts and remembering about. Great photos, most I love the orchids.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

How many happy memories! The pictures are so inspiring, Lona! And, you so THE GIANT!

RobinL said...

Wait, you mean I have to wait to see the rest? Not fair! You saw some beautiful sights girl, excited to see the rest!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Geez! Why did I come over here? You're making me so jealous! :)) Gorgeous pics. They warmed me up on this bitterly cold day. I want to live in Oak Ridge Mansion! Put in a good word for me, could you please?

Sue said...

I'm really enjoying all these trips bloggers are taking down memory lane. What fun!


Happy New Year, Lona! You sure saw some delightful places last year. Seeing your photos and all that sunshine makes me crave summer again. I can't wait for part 2.

Love those PINK tulips!

luisa said...

HI Lona!Beautiful your images.HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!Good By!

Anonymous said...

You have visited some gorgeous spots this year. You and I both hit the Natural Bridge---not to be missed.

debsgarden said...

Some great places to visit! It's always fun to see a garden show in the depths of winter, just to renew the garden juices! Loved your photos of the Shanandoah Valley.

Janet QueenofSeaford said...

You had such a great trip this year seeing the beautiful sights in VA. Happy New year!!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Beautiful photos. I love the butterfly.