Wednesday, September 16, 2020

GREEN SPRING GARDENS, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - PART 1

All through this blog I have shared walks around several of our local gardens and parks.  We take turns visiting them and our last walk was around Green Spring Gardens.  If you click on the label with its name below this post, it will take you to all the other visits we have made.
At this link you can read all about its history.  This was the first time we explored the back of the house.  We normally keep to the path which takes us in front.
I have tried to identify many of the flowers, plants and trees, and hopefully my plant app didn't make any mistakes.  I am learning as I go along.  Some are very familiar to me, others not so much.
Below this post you can click on the label "Green Spring Gardens_Alexandria_VA" to see more posts including photos and sometimes history.
Several photos today were taken by husband Gregg, and those I have identified at the bottom of the photo.
Song of the Flower Xxiii
by 
Khalil Gibran
I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth: I was
Reared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.
At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.
The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors, and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.
As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me, and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day.
I drink dew for wine, and hearken to
The voices of the birds, and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.
I am the lover's gift; I am the wedding wreath,
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.
But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.
I am going to finish today's post right here.  This is in two parts as I have many other photos I want to share.  





36 comments:

  1. Walks like these are an incredible source of solace and heart balm aren't they? Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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    1. They certainly are EC and you are very welcome :)

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  2. Wow, this is one of my favorite posts of yours. There are so many gorgeous flowers that I have never seen before. Plus I love the poem, we both love Gibran. My favorites are the bees, pink berries, Egyptian Starcluster, and Blue Anise Sage.

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    1. Why thank you Ginny, that makes me happy. Glad you enjoyed. Isn't he a marvelous Poet? Thank you for sharing your favorites, I always enjoy when you share :)

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  3. These flowers are just amazing! I love these pictures so much!
    Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
    Fineartandyou

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    1. Thank you Jyoti, you are very kind :) You have a wonderful day also!

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    1. Muito obrigado. Um abraço e uma boa semana contínua para vocês também :)

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  5. the flowers are wonderful. i love the Egyptian Starburst, new to me. your photos are just gorgeous. i would like to have a few of those coneflowers to put in the vase on my kitchen table...

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  6. Well, done with your quotes going with the flowers.

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  7. Thanks for the identification, very helpful!

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  8. Hi Denise,
    What a beautiful place to visit and what an array of flowers, well done in identifying them.
    opu both stay safe.
    John

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    1. I appreciate that John, thank you so much and you both stay safe also :)

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  9. Such a lovely post full of joy. Love the poem, Denise. We've never visited Green Spring Gardens--It looks lovely.

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    1. Hi Martha Ellen, thank you and I hope you get there one day :)

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  10. Such beautiful grounds and wonderful photos.

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  11. How great you can do that and to see beautiful manicured lawns and gardens, the flowers must be amazing.
    Here we used to have 'open gardens' not sure if that still happens but they are only small, having said that there is a big rose garden in the country not far away that we can visit.

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    1. That's interesting Margaret. We are lucky to be able to visit many gardens and I feel blessed.

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  12. What a delightful post, Denise. Really lifts the spirits!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Pauline, and I'm so glad it brought you cheer :)

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  13. This is such a beautiful post, Denise. I do miss going to different gardens like we did when we were on the mainland. Your photos are spectacular.

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    1. Thank you Kay, I am so happy you like it, and I thank you for your sweet comments :)

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  14. Wnat beautiful poem...to go with the flowers. They are so pretty.

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  15. A beautiful post, the flowers are all so lovely.

    All the best Jan

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  16. Thanks for the lovely walk. Yours and Gregg's photos are very good.

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  17. This was a lovely tour, Denise, and I appreciated both the flowers and the IDs and the poetry. We have decided to take as many day trips as possible here in NH and perhaps to other NE states for the remainder of this year, weather permitting.

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    1. Happy you enjoyed it Dorothy. We are starting to go out quite, though only locally for the time being. I enjoyed your post today of your travels :)

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