As you may remember, if you have popped in on a regular basis, we visited Mount Vernon with my distant cousin Bill from New Zealand (story here if you missed how that came about) back in July. After touring the home of George Washington, Gregg and Bill went to the museum and I went to the garden...
which is beyond the fence.
The building you see below is the Greenhouse. Unfortunately it was closed that day, but I had a lovely time elsewhere. At this site you can listen to the director of horticulture tell you some of its history.
There are all kinds of interesting facts about this place here.
These pretty flowers had other visitors besides me. For the most part I had the place to myself. Here again it was a very hot day and you know that old Noel Coward line about "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun"? I suppose that could apply to me as far as flowers and opportunity are concerned.
I knew I wouldn't be back here for a while and wanted to make the most of it. I paid attention to how I felt and did a relatively quick tour before joining Gregg and Bill near the museum. The air-conditioned building was very welcome.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the flowers, the coneflowers were abundant.
The orange flower below is a Toad Lily or Blackberry Lily (interesting site here - it highlights several pretty flowers)
I will have more flowers to share from the Upper Garden in a future post.