Saturday, May 2, 2015

Blithewold Mansion

Today my friend Donna and I visited the Blithewold Mansion and grounds.  Blithewold is old English for "happy woodland".  It was summer residence of a wealthy family from Pennsylvania.  The owners loved to garden, and there are thousands of daffodils currently in bloom.

one of the giant Sequoia trees on the property

 Northern Cardinal

 Trout Lily

 May Apples, Daffodils and Trout Lilies

And in the greenhouse:

 Butterfly Amaryllis

Back in the outdoor gardens:

 Northern Cardinal in front of forsythia

 another Trout Lily

 Marsh Marigolds


 Double-Crested Cormorant

 Mute Swan

 Winter Hazel

 Mourning Cloak

 Eastern Kingbird

 Savannah Sparrow

 another Mourning Cloak

 another Savannah Sparrow

 Checkered Lilies

We went to see the daffodils and were pleasantly surprised by May Apples, Trout Lilies, Hepatica, Wood Anemone, and beautiful tulips.  We even saw a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird buzzing through the garden.  It was a happy woodland indeed.

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