Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square, PA

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:

The Meadow

The Meadow

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.

Hard At Work

Hard At Work

Among a good many bees, I found this little guy. Some type of skipper butterfly, I think.

Sharing With The Bees

Sharing With The Bees

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.

Snail Flower I

Ooooo, purply.

Snail Flower II

Ants were a problem - guess they thought it smelled good too...

Snail Flower III

Couldn't get enough of this one

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.

Sitting For A Spell

Sitting For A Spell

Couldn’t think of a better way to end the day myself.

A few more shots from Longwood from over the years:

Orchid

Orchid

Water Lily

Fountain

Orchids, Longwood Gardens

Fuschia, Longwood Gardens

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Water Lily

More info on the gardens: http://www.longwoodgardens.org/

One comment

  1. Rich Nagle says:

    Beautiful stuff. Especially like the red water lilly.

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