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Showing posts with label Biltmore 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Biltmore 2012. Show all posts

Friday, September 7, 2012

Biltmore in July

Life has really hit me in the face lately... SO much is going on ---and there's never enough hours in the day to get everything done.  I often wonder how I made it when I was working fulltime.......?????   The good news is that life is GOOD --even though I'm busy!!!!  Many wonderful things are happening--so I can't complain!

On July 30,  2012,   George and I made another summer trip to Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina...    We went specifically to see the SUNFLOWERS --which we did see (and I featured them on my blog header all during August).    What I never did do is share what else we did and saw on that day while we were there...

As I say everytime I do a Biltmore post,  there are new and different things to see there EVERY month..  On this particular trip,  we enjoyed the sunflowers,  the walled garden,  the Italian garden,  and we did something we had never done before.  We hiked to the Diana statue ---above the main entrance to the Biltmore House.. What a fabulous place for photos...   I'm surprised we hadn't been up there before.   There's just so much to see and do at Biltmore.

Here are some of the photos we took that day.  Be sure to click on them for enlargements.  The picture above was taken near the Diana statue --above the main house at Biltmore.  Isn't that a great view?




Here is a picture of the house taken as we were hiking up toward the Diana Statue...  I love  being able to take out the people from my pictures now... ZAP them gone!!!!!! ha.... Guess I should have zapped the busses also... Oh Well...  Isn't this a wonderful photo--with the clouds like they are in the sky????




The Italian Gardens are especially beautiful during the summer months... Here is a beautiful picture of one of the many waterlilies there.  (I could do an entire post just on all of the waterlilies. )




We ALWAYS enjoy walking around in the Walled Garden... They plant different flowers during each season... This time,  we were happy to see some of the MUMS in bloom --which people enjoy seeing during the Fall.




The Hibiscus blooms always amaze me when I go to Biltmore.   This is one of my favorites ---and YES,  it is HUGE.




Of course,  we always have to walk through the sections containing all of the beautiful ROSES... George took this photo of me under one of the rose arbors...  (It was another HOT day---so I was wearing my camera vest and carrying my headband and towel... Not very attractive for a photo though... ha)




After leaving the Walled Garden,  we drove down to another favorite place of ours,  the Lagoon... This is a photo of the back of the Biltmore House --from the lagoon.




And of course,  we had to get the tripod out and get a picture of the two of us at the Lagoon.  I love seeing the Canada Geese in the lagoon also when we go there... Such a beautiful place!!!!




And finally,  we drove to see the SUNFLOWERS.....  My future daughter-in-law LOVES sunflowers---so I sent her some pictures showing the sunflowers at Biltmore.  There were fields and fields and rows and rows of them there!!!!  GORGEOUS!




Here's one more picture of the two of us taken near some of the sunflowers...  All in all,  we had a fabulous day at Biltmore.  We never tire of going to that beautiful place!

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Please pay attention to this note since I don't want you to worry about us.  We are taking a long blog break (like some of my friends have done) ---and maybe we can catch up on life a little while we are 'off'....   Even though we won't be blogging at all until October 1st,  we may be doing a few things on Facebook.   SO---if you are on Facebook,  you might want to keep up with us.   I hope and pray that each of you have a great September.  We certainly plan to!!!!!  We'll see you on  OCTOBER 1st.
Hugs to all,  and have a tremendous month!!!
Betsy

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

June at Biltmore Gardens

George and Betsy at Biltmore  on June 14, 2012
As most of you know,  George and I have season's passes to the Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville,  North Carolina... We try to get over there every couple of months to see what is blooming... AND--we are never disappointed when we get there...

Last June (2011),  we took our big trip out west--so we didn't get to Biltmore to check out the summer flowers... This year,  we decided to try it!!   We left the house bright and early on June 14 ---and got stuck in a long-long-long traffic jam on I-40 near the TN/NC line.... There was nowhere to go except just SIT and be patient.... An 18-wheeler had turned over and our side of the interstate was closed.....

SO---needless to say,  after losing over an hour and a half in traffic that day,  we didn't have much of our day left to spend at Biltmore...  BUT---we did make it there and enjoyed that quick trip!!!!!   Luckily,  we didn't have any trouble getting home that night ---and in fact,  we took some of the prettiest sunset/sky pictures we've taken in a long time... IF you missed seeing those pictures,  click HERE.   You do not want to miss seeing that sunset.  Seeing the flowers at Biltmore is nice,  but OH ---that beautiful sunset!!!!  The sunset made the day really worthwhile.

One reason to visit Biltmore in June is to see their huge ROSE COLLECTION.  There are over 200 varieties of heirloom and hybrid roses.... As you can imagine,  we enjoyed seeing all of their roses... BUT--there are other summer flowers blooming in June...  So--today I'll show you a little of what we saw at Biltmore on June 14.   Be sure to enlarge the photos for bigger copies.




This picture shows just a tiny portion of all of their beautiful roses... But--both George and I particularly loved this group of roses (named Milestone)...




Amazing how the Biltmore Gardeners go from season to season displaying different flowers...  This is a picture of some of the summer flowers in their big Walled Garden.   In Spring,  one will see Daffodils, Hyacinths and Tulips... In Summer,  we saw Dahlias,  Zinnias and Globe Amaranth...   THEN--when we come back in Fall,  we'll see Chrysanthemums.   Nice, huh?




We also love seeing the Italian Gardens during the summer --with their beautiful water lilies...




George took this picture of me at the Italian Gardens.  It was a HOT day when we were there ---and I was taking advantage of some SHADE (since there wasn't much in that area)....




The Italian Gardens are close to the gorgeous Biltmore Home...  Here you can see a reflection of part of the house in the water.  Isn't that a great reflection?




We always enjoy walking in the area next to the house to get some pictures of the beautiful mountains in the background.  I snapped this picture of George in that area.




Finally,  I'll stop with a picture of one of my favorite Summer flowers,  the Gladiola.   My Mom had Glads in our yard when I was growing up... I tried one year to get them to grow here ---but the area where I put them didn't have enough sun.  SO--they didn't do well.  They are gorgeous though at Biltmore.

Hope you enjoyed another installment from the beautiful Biltmore Home and Gardens....

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I just HAVE to show you this cute little picture of a 'baby' Downy Woodpecker.   Mama was at the suet feeder --and the little one didn't know exactly how to get up there...  TOO CUTE!!!!

Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Friday, June 15, 2012

WOW---What a SUNSET

George and I went back to the Biltmore House and Gardens yesterday to check out all of the new flowers--including their ROSES.   We have TONS of pictures to share --but today I'm going to share something which we saw on our way home last night from Asheville.

There were storms all around us ---but luckily,  except for a little rain here and there,  the storms went around us...  BUT--the sky and clouds and sun put on a show for us...  I was snapping pictures from inside the car in every direction...   This may be some of the prettiest sunset pictures I have ever taken.  Hope you enjoy them. 

The pictures need no explanation,  but  I will encourage you to click on them and see them all larger....   AND---if you are like me,  you will see all kinds of cloud designs... See if you can pick out the picture of the doggie with his big floppy ears (or maybe he's a teddy bear)!!!!!  Have fun!!!
















The last picture reminds me of being up in an airplane looking down on a HUGE WATERFALL.....  See it?????

We had so much fun looking at the sky and all of the colors and cloud formations.... Did you see the doggie with the floppy ears (or does he look look more like a teddy bear)?  What else did you see?

Again,  I apologize for being behind in my comments on your blogs...  Sometimes ---life just gets in the way!!!!! ha ....  I'll catch up soon!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gorgeous Tulips and Azaleas

NO---this is not our home  (wish it was--ha)!!!!  These pictures were taken on April 3, 2012 when we were on the way to Balsam Mountain Inn.  This is the BILTMORE HOUSE and GARDENS,  one of our favorite places.  We just had to stop by to see what was blooming now at Biltmore....

WELL--even though the rain was coming,  we still were able to get some great pictures of the beautiful Tulips and Azaleas in bloom there now.   Hope you enjoy our pictures, but be sure to click on them for larger views.  The picture above was of one side of the Walled Garden area... I loved the way they arranged all of the tulips and other blooming flowers.  (I used my Photoshop Elements program to erase all of the people around!!!!)




Look at all of these AZALEAS...  We took a short walk in order to get some pictures of the Azaleas... This was a perfect time to see them!!!!




This is neither an Azalea nor a Tulip... BUT--since I had never seen one like this before,  I just had to share it.  Its name is a DWARF  FOTHERGILLA.    Isn't it grogeous?




I took this picture of George standing in front of some beautiful lavender-colored AZALEAS...  I'm not sure that his shirt blends in with that color ---but it will blend in with our last picture today!!!




This is the Arbor --which is the main walkway between the two big areas of flowers in the Walled Garden... Aren't the Tulips pretty along this area?




You can tell how much I loved the extra little walk to see the Azaleas at Biltmore. SO pretty!!




These next two pictures are my favorites from this visit to Biltmore...The first one was taken by me from the Arbor facing those gorgeous white dogwoods at the top of the picture.... While I was taking more pictures in the Walled Garden,  George hiked up to where those dogwoods are and took a fabulous picture of the Walled Garden from above.   (Again,   I took out all of the people and the cars from these pictures.)




Here is the opposite look from the picture I just took.  George is up by the dogwoods looking down into the Walled Garden...  Isn't this just AWESOME????  I'm so glad that he went up there to get a 'total' view.....  (Storms were coming.  Can you see the dark sky above???  We did make it back to the car BARELY... ha)




Finally,   here is a picture we took (with the tripod) of us in front of the Tulips at the Walled Garden at Biltmore... NOW--our shirts blend in !!!!!! (These shirts are ones we bought a few years ago when we visited Cloudland Canyon State Park in GA.)

Biltmore is amazing --especially if you are 'flower lovers' like we are... There's something different during every season... It's just one of our favorite places to visit...

Have a beautiful day!!!
Hugs,
Betsy