Some places are worth a return visit

We’ve traveled (a lot!), but we still have a long list of places we’d like to go. So, why would we bother going back to places we’ve already been? A place really has to be special to merit a return, and Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania is one of those places.

We rarely visit topiary gardens, and when they’re good, we’re inspired

We rarely visit topiary gardens, and when they’re good, we’re inspired.

Whenever we go to Longwood, we facilitate our looking with photography. So often a wonderful detail of the garden reveals itself in a different way when we take the time to compose a photo. This is always the case when we visit the water lilies.

Even in the cool autumn, water lilies were still in full bloom.

Even in the cool autumn, water lilies were still in full bloom.

Perfectly round green leaves, bordered by a rim of rusty-red, gently float on the dark surface.

Perfectly round green leaves, bordered by a rim of rusty-red, gently float on the dark surface.

A gardener worked nearby, and we wanted to see the lily pad leaves he’d just pruned. The bottom of one of those huge leaves was lined with very stiff ridges and thorns, too. Does that mean fish wouldn’t be able or tempted to eat them?

A gardener worked nearby, and we wanted to see the lily pad leaves he’d just pruned. The bottom of one of those huge leaves was lined with very stiff ridges and thorns, too. Does that mean fish wouldn’t be able or tempted to eat them?

From an artistic point of view, we could have been there all day just to photograph water lilies.

From an artistic point of view, we could have been there all day just to photograph water lilies.

Many gardens overuse common plants in massive displays. This is not the case at Longwood, so we were dismayed to see that the flowers on display at the conservatory were chrysanthemums. Mums have to be the most overworked autumn flower in the US, and we didn’t want to waste our time on them.

We planned to walk through the mums quickly, but noticed unusual varieties quite different from the ones we were accustomed to seeing.

We planned to walk through the mums quickly, but noticed unusual varieties quite different from the ones we were accustomed to seeing.

These beauties were almost as tall as we are and looked like artistic mops.

These beauties were almost as tall as we are and looked like artistic mops.

Of course, love of any work of art is subjective – and that includes love of great gardens. For us, Longwood has beautiful compositions; great colors; inspires us; and with every visit, we learn and see more.

 

October 2015

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to Some places are worth a return visit

  1. I didn’t know lily pads had seasonal changes – they look like beaten copper. Lovely!

  2. Many years ago a friend sent me a Longwood Gardens calendar. The photos were so beautiful. One day I will visit it in person, but for now I can enjoy seeing it again with you.

  3. EmelyeKay says:

    We also love to revisit favorites 🙂 haven’t been to Longwood but it isn’t that far from me so I’ll have to put it on my list, looks lovely!

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