Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
On the way out, we took a spin by the Biltmore Inn where you can stay in style if you have lots of bucks.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
See the lattice-framed windows on both sides of the arbor. They look out to perfectly symmetrical beds on either side; in other words, the right hand side is the mirror image of the left. I was quite taken with those framed windows.
The back stone wall was espaliered with different varieties of apples and pears. From Wikipedia:
Espalier is the horticultural technique of training trees through pruning and grafting in order to create formal "two-dimensional" or single plane patterns by the branches of the tree. The technique was popular in the Middle Ages in Europe to produce fruit inside the walls of a typical castle courtyard without interfering with the open space, and to decorate solid walls by such trees planted near them. Evidence exists suggesting that the technique dates back much further, perhaps even to ancient Egypt. The word espalier initially referred to the actual trellis on which the plant was trained to grow, but over time has come to be used to describe the technique.
This is Brugmansia--very dramatic flowers with a delicate, lovely scent. The flowers can be fatal if ingested, however, or at the very least cause hallucinations and disorientation. I don't think they'd be a good choice to grow where there were little children or pets.
This is streptocarpella and I do have this in my garden. It's getting big and overgrown now, so I'm going to try and put some cuttings in a bag like they've done here. It's just one of those green plastic bags they sell for begonias or impatiens, but I like it with the streptocarpella.
Finally, I liked these rain chains they were selling in the garden store. You hang them from your downspout and when it rains, it makes music. I might have to get one of them.
I have a few more pictures I'll post tomorrow about some of the other places we went on the estate. There's a lot to see.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Oh, it was a dreary 4th of July here. I had to take the flag down right after I took this picture because it started to rain hard and it would have gotten soaked. Now, Saturday morning, it's still rainy and foggy and damp and chilly. The other funny thing about yesterday was that I didn't hear any firecrackers going off all day. Usually they are popping relentlessly, rain or shine. I know because they always used to terrify my pets and I couldn't wait for the day to be over. Not yesterday. Nothing. No noise. Odd. I did hear some organized fireworks going off way after dark, but it was damp and soggy and I was glad I was home and dry. I think the holiday has a different feeling this year what with the scary economy, our poor troops in that Godforsaken war, and all the environmental issues we face. This isn't the country it used to be.