Longwood Gardens, in addition to being a tremendous place to photograph, is a special place for us. We were engaged there, had wedding photos taken there, and have made a point to visit at least every few years. There’s a good deal of variety – woods, flower gardens, conservatory with wonderful collections of orchids and fruit plants. They’ve carefully reconstructed a desert climate. In midsummer (when they’re open later), you can see amazing water lilies that open at night, then re-close in the morning.
In addition to the areas we visit regularly, we explored the forest walks and “the meadow” – both new to us. “The meadow” is a huge sprawl of rolling terrain that must be seen to be believed:
There aren’t quite as many flowers in bloom this time of year as earlier in the summer. But the flowers that are there are popular. Not just with us bipeds, but our six-footed-friends as well.
Among a good many bees, I found this little guy. Some type of skipper butterfly, I think.
I also happened upon this amazing plant called a snail flower, a member of the bean family. Impossible to convey through a blog post is it’s amazing scent – a cross between vanilla and Juicy Fruit gum.
As I was making for the exit (before they shut me in for the night… which I considered letting them do), I happened upon these two having a quiet moment on a bench.
Couldn’t think of a better way to end the day myself.
A few more shots from Longwood from over the years:
More info on the gardens: http://www.longwoodgardens.org/