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Longwood Gardens and carless

Although I still love to drive, I decided to dispose of my car and give up driving before being forced to do so by the inexorable march of time. So, I took the opportunity of my last drive to Susan’s house in York, PA, to transfer my car to my granddaughter and son-in-law.

Susan  had invited me to spend a few days with her at this time since Drue, Craig’s mother, was also visiting and Susan thought it would be a rare opportunity for us to see each other again (Drue lives in Detroit).

After the business with car was completed, Susan and Craig took us to Longwood Gardens, a wonderful institution which started out as the estate of Pierre du Pont in the early 19oo’s and was expanded by him over following  years so that, now, it rivals, in display and innovative gardening techniques, botanical gardens anywhere.

Here are my pictures-enlarge them by clicking on them for the best detail:

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

 

Drue (Craig's mum)

Drue (Craig’s mum)

 

Autumn brilliance

Autumn brilliance

 

Fancy palm

Fancy palm

 

Exuberant blossoms

Exuberant blossoms

 

Fall colours

Fall colours

 

Pansies surprised?

Pansies  surprised?

 

Hot item!

Hot item!

 

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Craig and Drue

Craig and Drue

 

Caption follows:

Caption follows:

 

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Craig and Susan

Craig and Susan

 

One of many greenhouses

One of many greenhouses

 

Children's fountain

Children’s fountain

 

Palm Court

Palm Court

 

Susan's picture

Susan’s picture of a single plant trained to blossom at the same point in time!

 

Outsize lily pads . . . . . .

Outsize lily pads . . . . . .

 

 . . . and flowers . . . .

. . . and flowers . . . .

 

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different breed . . . .

different breed . . . .

 

Giant bud . . . .

Giant bud . . . .

 

Regular size . . . .

Regular size . . . .

 

One of a large collection of Bonsai trees--some more than 100 years old!

One of a large collection of Bonsai trees–some more than 100 years old!

 

An organist is employed to keep the flowers happy!

An organist is employed to keep the flowers happy!

 

Part of the chrysanthemum wizardry

Part of the chrysanthemum wizardry

 

labellled

labelled

 

Topiary gardens . . . .

Topiary gardens . . . .

 

 . . . big bird . . . .

. . . big bird . . . .

 

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Daughter and Dad. (Picture by Craig)

Daughter and Dad. (Picture by Craig)

 

Pumpkin clutch . . .

Pumpkin clutch . . .

 

. . . . pumpkin hybrids . . .

. . . . pumpkin hybrids . . .

 

Susan's picture of yours truly . . . .

Susan’s picture of yours truly . . . .

 

We spent a memorable day. . . . .THE END

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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