Tuesday, February 8, 2011
If you want to see more of my pictures from the Biltmore House and Gardens, go to my sidebar, scroll down to my labels and click on Biltmore.
Hope you enjoyed seeing more of these beautiful flowers.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I recently blogged about the Anthony Chapel at Garvin Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. Today, I'll share some pictures with you from the gardens themselves. You need to know that we were there there in MARCH.. I can only imagine how much prettier the gardens are now (with more blooms-like the Azaleas). However, there were some 'beauties' there then--which I hope you enjoy. Above is a bed filled with Daffodils and Tulips. There were MANY of these beds around the gardens... Awesome!!!! Below are more!
Don't you love seeing LOTS of Tulips like this---in a huge group???? SO Pretty!!!
All of the landscaping within the gardens was fabulous. This was one of the cascades. Isn't it pretty? (By the way, seeing the cascades and waterfalls was the MAIN reason George and I visited these gardens. However, we loved seeing all of the flowers and that gorgeous chapel also.)
The cascade emptied into a small pond. There were lots of colorful Koi in the pond.
Hundreds and hundreds of Daffodils !!!! Want some????? (I couldn't get over seeing so many!!)
I loved seeing these colors... The Hyacinths in these gardens were some of the prettiest ones I've ever seen. Next to the Hyacinths were Begonias ---and behind the Hyacinths were Tulips. Aren't they pretty ---all of them together?
I love these orange Tulips... Many of you know how much I love the University of Tennessee Volunteers.. Orange and White are their colors!!!! SO---that's why I love ORANGE!!!!! ha
More cascades in the gardens; I certainly was impressed with the landscaping in these gardens. Gorgeous!!!
Finally, I saved my favorite 'til last. These are white Hyacinths. There were LOTS of them around ---and they looked just like snow. I don't think I had ever seen white Hyacinths before--but I fell in love with them.
The Bluebird babies at about age 9-10 days... You can now see all four of them.. (I marked them for you.) I took this picture yesterday afternoon. Click on it to enlarge. I will only be able to open the nestbox for about 2-3 more days since once they get bigger, I don't want to take a chance that they will try to fly out prematurely.
After I quit opening the nestbox, I'll try to get some pictures of Mama and Daddy coming to the nest---to feed the babies. Eventually, the babies will start staring out of the opening ---probably wondering what this big ole' world is all about!!!!! They should fledge sometime between June 2-5... Last year I missed them leaving the nest. I think they do it EARLY in the morning --like 5:30 a.m. Yawn!!!! Don't know if I'll get to see them leave this time or not.... I'm going to TRY!!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend and Memorial Day. Say a prayer for those who died ---especially those who died for our FREEDOM.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
When we were in Arkansas this past March, we visited Garvin Woodland Gardens of the University of Arkansas, near Hot Springs. We went there specifically to see some waterfalls in the park. But we found MUCH MUCH more. Even though it was only early March, they had some gorgeous blooms in their gardens. I will feature this in another post.
Today I want to show you the Anthony Chapel. which is also part of Garvin Gardens. The chapel was designed by Fayetteville architects Maurice Jennings and David McKee. The $5.8 million chapel complex was funded entirely through private donations. Begun in September of 2004, the chapel was dedicated on Sept. 30, 2006. It was named after benefactors, John Ed and Isabel Anthony. The chapel sits on a hillside, overlooking Lake Hamilton. As part of the complex, there also are a Bride's quarters, a Groom's quarters, a celebration garden and a carillon.
An elegant blend of native wood, glass and stone, the 160 seat chapel is a serene sanctuary where visitors to the gardens can pause to meditate and have their spirits renewed. I sat there and wondered how many weddings have taken place at this facility... I also thought how wonderful it would be to have been married here. This is one of the prettiest chapels I've ever seen. Pictured above is a photo of the chapel as we approached the door. There is 5300 square feet of flagstone sidewalks. Below are more pictures.
This was taken from inside the chapel looking toward the altar. The dimensions: 138' long x 57' high.
Here is a view of the altar. There is 126 tons of flagstone used in floors and sidewalks.
From inside, I pointed my camera at the ceiling.. Amazing, huh???? There is 1230 square feet of glass skylights.
You can see the altar, some of the side windows , and the ceiling. There is 9860 square feet of glass walls. And they used 4800 square feet of stone walls.
This picture was taken --looking from the altar toward the back of the church (where we entered). There is 11,000 square feet of roof area, and 62,500 square feet of structural lumber.
This is the Anthony Family Carillon. It is the newest addition to the Gardens. Composed of sixteen, 54 feet tall steel columns clad in copper, the lofty bell tower welcomes visitors to the chapel. The Carillon is played for weddings, memorials and other special events.
We took this picture as we were leaving the chapel. As you can tell, there would be no way to get a picture from this angle in summer when there are leaves on the trees. That's an advantage of being there in March I guess!!!!
I wish I had a picture taken at night---with the lights on in the chapel. If you want more information and more pictures, google "Anthony Chapel, Hot Springs, AR".
This picture of my four baby Bluebirds was taken yesterday afternoon. They are growing and there are more and more feathers on them. I think they are ages 7-8 days. Note the one at the top left.. He is really getting bigger!!!
All of the bluebirds were sleeping--which is what I assume that they do --other than eating or pooping!!! ha ha.. Speaking of pooping, you may or may not know that bluebirds are very clean birds. They keep the nest spotless ---including taking the fecal materials and egg shells OUT. Interesting, don't you think?
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I hope you saw yesterday's blog telling about Orton Plantation and Gardens. Today, I'm giving you six more pictures taken on that vacation to the Wilmington, NC area in May of 2007. Above is a photo that many of my blogger friends (the ones who love butterflies) will LOVE. Below are six more. Hope you enjoy our tour of Orton Plantation and Gardens.
When we were there, it was cloudy and drizzly. BUT--I still think you can get an idea as to how beautiful these gardens were.
This picture above is for Barb (Bird Girl). She visited Orton --and wanted to see a picture of the chapel on the grounds. This precious little chapel is where they have weddings almost every weekend. SO pretty!!
Take note (above) of the beautiful fountain and little statue in the middle.. Look carefully at the statue before going to the photo below.
Okay---don't laugh!!! Don't you think she makes a good statue???? Tee Hee!!!
Aren't the Azaleas gorgeous???
As a good southern girl would say, "Y'all come back now!"
Friday, January 23, 2009
Every May, George and I take our beach vacation to Ocean Isle, NC (north of Myrtle Beach). In 2007 while in North Carolina, we drove north to the Wilmington area to visit the Orton Plantation and Gardens. This historic landscape was designed around the 1735 mansion and colonial rice fields overlooking the Cape Fear River. There are walking trails all around the plantation. Since George and I love beautiful flowers, we were excited to see the gardens. I chose 13 pictures to share--and will divide them into two posts. We think that you will find Orton Plantation Gardens a wonderful place to visit if you are ever in that area. In order to find out more about Orton, click HERE. The picture above is the gorgeous mansion. Below are five more pictures.
Above, the beautiful road to the mansion
Yipes---Who is our first visitor while driving toward the mansion?? Think he's a friendly one??????
Above, you can see our first glimpse of the gorgeous gardens!
Oh how I love Impatiens!!!
This last picture above shows more of the beautiful, well-maintained gardens and the walking trails!!! (More to come tomorrow!)