Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Visiting the Biltmore House Gardens in June

 Up the road to Asheville we went
 The Biltmore House is the nearest thing to the Grand Estates we have here in the South
 Imagine that this is your front yard

 and this is your back yard

 here is one side yard
 Italian Garden with ponds

 looking back at the house from the ponds

 After a quick walk through specimen trees here is the entrance gate into the walled garden
 Huge border of coleus of various colors

 I am not a big red fan. In our heat red just makes you hotter, but this little rose was pretty here in its spot

 tiny teacup magnolia
 white clematis climbing the wall
 well done low pot
 whatever this plant is it was everywhere and I loved it

 This is the bottom of the walled garden with a patio leading into the conservatory

 what contrast
 One whole side of the walled garden was a White Border so you know I was Oooing and Ahhhing
 hydrangea limelight

 never did figure out what this plant was but I want some - does anybody out there know what this plant is?
 white astillbe
 Oak leaf hydrangea
finally at the end of all that hot walking we were able to enjoy the shade of the wisteria as we walked to the Stables Cafe for a lovely lunch. Bleu cheese on a burger and Chicken salad croissant. One Christmas ornament and several bottles of lovely wine and we were off.


On our way home we stopped at the Carl Sandburg House National Historic Site in Flat Rock NC. Got several books for my classroom and some lesson plans and trip information from the nicest park rangers ever. All in all it was a great day trip - hot as the devil - but a great trip.