Sunday, February 1, 2009

Finally, a Flower Frenzy...off to the Gardens




THIS IS AN APPROPRIATE FOLLOW UP TO THE FLOWER THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY KIRA HAD LAST WEEK. I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO GO TO LONGWOOD GARDENS (IN PA) FOR SUCH A LONG TIME AND YESTERDAY SEEMED PERFECT. IT WAS LIKE A SHOT IN THE ARM OF AROMATHERAPY INTERSPERSED WITH HAPPINESS AND LOT'S OF OH MY!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE GARDENING AND AROMATHERAPY, SO THIS WAS SUCH A TREAT FOR ME. YES, I'M THAT EASY TO PLEASE. GIVE ME FLOWERS AND SEND ME FOR SOME MASSAGE AND THAT EVEN BEATS FINE CHOCOLATE! TAKE A LOOK AND YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN. HONESTLY I DON'T THINK THE PHOTOS DID THE GARDENS JUSTICE, BUT CLICK ON TO ENLARGE THE PHOTOS.

THE GARDENS HOSTED AN EXHIBITION OF ORCHIDS INSIDE SEVERAL GREENHOUSES THAT COVERED OVER 4 ACRES. WHEN YOU WALKED IN FROM THE FREEZING COLD, YOU WERE GREETED WITH FRESH, WARM, SCENTED AIR. BESIDES THE BEAUTY OF THE MANY LANDSCAPES AND FLOWER BEDS AT YOUR FEET, THERE WERE THESE AMAZING ORCHID TOPIARY'S EVERYWHERE. MY OLFACTORY SENSES SEEMED TO SCREAM "I'M FEELING GOOD"! I FELT LIKE I WAS IN A BEAUTIFUL RAIN FOREST, WITHOUT THE RAIN, BUGS AND HEAT!

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING AND JUST ABOUT AN HOUR FROM OUR HOUSE! MUST GO BACK FOR MORE! I TOOK OVER 200 PHOTOS, BUT DON'T WORRY, ONLY THE BEST WERE POSTED. SCROLL DOWN FOR A TASTE OF SPRING AND ENJOY.




THIS WAS JUST A STREET ON THE WAY TO THE GARDENS!  





THE ORCHIDS WERE EVERYWHERE YOU LOOKED, UP AND DOWN




JUST CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO SEE THE DETAILS OF OUR TRIP HEREA X














THESE TINY ORCHIDS WERE JUST HANGING ON A NEAR BY WALL.  I THOUGHT THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL, CALLED SNOWBIRD

ANOTHER BREATHTAKING HYBRID ORCHID


THIS WAS MY FAVORITE (IF I HAD TO PICK) BECAUSE OF THE RUFFLED PETALS AND COLORS.  THEY ARE HYBRIDS UNIQUE TO LONGWOOD GARDENS

INDEED IT DOES.  LAVENDER IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!  OOOOH THE ENTIRE PLACE SMELLED SO GOOD!
LOOK HERE, THESE SMELL SO GOOD!
MOMMA AND KIRA MOMENT

YES YOU ARE SOOOOOOO CUTE!
AWH, NOW I KNOW WHY I BOUGHT A NEW CAMERA!  FINALLY SOME GREAT PHOTOS.

A TYPICAL TOPIARY ADORNED WITH GORGEOUS ORCHIDS
OVER A BRIDGE AND UNDER SOME TREES, IT'S OFF SHE GOES!  
THIS WAS GREAT, KIRA GOT TO RUN AROUND AND EVEN TIRE HERSELF A BIT.

THE ORCHIDS WERE EVERYWHERE YOU LOOKED, UP AND DOWN

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL TOPIARY OF ORCHIDS

THE SUN WAS SETTING IN THIS INDOOR GARDEN.  NOTICE THE COLUMNS OF IVY


6 comments:

Kate said...

Ivy,

We LOVE Longwood. While I am no gardener...I so enjoy the flowers and scenery there. We have been in summer and at Christmas....and plan to visit in spring and fall this year too...each season brings something special!!!

Lovely photos...made me long for spring!!!

Natalie said...

Ivy, I love this post. It made me feel like I was almost there except I was missing the sweet scent of the many beautiful flowers.
Your new camera takes wonderful pictures and I can only imagine how excited you were to get the chance to take these kind of photo's. 200... WOW!
I have to say though that I especially loved the photo's of Kira and her mommy & daddy.
Natalie

Vivian M said...

What beautiful pictures!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful pictures Ivy! I have never been to Longwood Gardens. I am going to have to make the trip.

Jen

Jewels of My Heart said...

Ooooooooooooooooooooh! I want to come play!
What a beautiful place.... how I would love to go somewhere like that! Kira is so darling and I have to tell you... your pictures are really good! I am impressed! When you get a photoshop program and edit them I'm thinkin' you will be joining the photo group because they are that good.
Have a beautiful day friend and thank you for sharing!
Love,
Daleea

Jboo said...

Beautiful photos! So nice to see all the flowers and color in the midst of the brown, drab winter! You have quite a good eye for pictures. And your little Miss Ivy is such a darling girl!

Janet

 
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