I arrived here at Winterthur on this last weekend of November with little hope of shooting anything but interiors. What I found across the grounds were immense hilly woodland spaces with trees of all types.
Magnolia Bend was full of leafless Saucer Magnolias who’s sinewy branches exuded a winter ambiance that was down right romantic to say the least. Despite the lack of lovely olive leaves, the scene was set. I just wanted to wander in between the trees and start writing letters on the single bench that lay waiting
The weather this afternoon was perfect. A thick sweater was all that was needed for the slight breeze. The air was full of all things Fall. The field of Pachysandra was topped with fallen leaves. In the Azalea Woods, the Rhododendrons were far taller than expected, still hearty and protected by the tall tree trunks they live between. The flowerless Azalea bushes seemed to go on as far as I could see. I can only imagine how impressive this must be when they are in full bloom.
A carpet of brown fallen leaves has covered Winterthur and I tried to crunch as many of them as possible while enjoying the aromas of Fall. It was a great day despite running out of digital film 1/2 way through my planned day.
I came to Winterthur this morning to go on the grand house tour famously known as Yuletide at Winterthur. It was a first hand look at Henry Francis du Pont’s home as it was decorated for the holidays. The rooms were fantastic with the presents strewn about as thought from that very morning, the meal setting fully adorned and awaiting the guests and the magnificent Christmas trees including those that featured the very dried flowers from the estate’s gardens. The “House Tour” is a wonder in and of itself, but I have to say they do it right for Christmas! I wandered the museum and visited the incredible tea pot collection they have and of course stopped into the art museum for Faces of a Nation. An incredible exhibit of some of the very best early American portrait painting. As an art history buff this exhibit is a fantastic collection to have in one place! I will devoting a full day to this Faces of a Nation during my week long feature on Winterthur the week after this.
On the way toward the great museum collection of American Furniture and wares I ran into a woman selling chocolate. I stopped by to grab a sample bite and then began to read the fantastic descriptions of these chocolates! I knew that very moment these were going to make the blog.
There is Financial Crunch which offers “a sweet return on your investment.” Each chocolate has a pre-molded “tax bite” already taken out. There is the Nest Egg which is a wonderfully gold foil wrapped milk chocolate Egg filled with “A Bankers Dozen” of ” naturally minted, divine, dark chocolate coins” also with a “tax bite” already taken out. Each egg, “nests on shredded O.S. Currency.”
You can see why I just love these! The big extravaganza is the great Stimulus Package which I’ll be buying for the holidays. It includes a great box filled with Financial Crunch, a Nest Egg, some “Short Change” and one bar of Credit Sweet all wrapped in money printed tissue paper.
While there, I also met Lisa Nalen, the owner “Sweet Assets” who’s tag line is “Bite Back” I have to say she has a great story and the business is fantastic idea! I for one plan on “biting back” for the holidays. Being from a family of Economists, this will be a huge hit at my family Christmas!
I took tons of photos, but being on the road still, you’ll have to wait till I get back to post the rest of them. So, come back Monday morning to see a photo sneak peak at Winterthur’s grand Christmas ( http://www.winterthur.org/calendar/yuletide.asp? ) that I will be featuring the week of December 6th and to see some Sweet Assests! I recommend hitting their web site for a full look at all their offerings… www.financialcrunch.com
Well, it’s been one month since The Photo Garden bee began. So far I traveld to Dumbarton Oaks in D.C., Longwood Gardens and Winterthur in PA, Brookside Gardens in MD and Lewis Ginter and Maymont in Richmond, VA. It’s been a wonderful flight for this busy bee. Keep sending tips to my Suggest a Garden page! I am heading South soon and would love to hear from you about you “must see places.”
I’ll be at the Mid-Atlantic Home and Flower Show selling my “Daily Flower” from February 5-7th at booth 303! Also the new Daily Flower store is launching Sunday November 29th! I’ll be offering 9 hand signed, black and white fine art prints matted in exhibition quality 12″ x 12″ black matts of my daily flowers with more to come over the months. Check back tomorrow for the new store link: thephotogardenbee.com/prints.htm 100% of all proceeds goes to paying for the next and upcoming Photo Garden Bee visits!
Thanks again for all your support this past month and I look forward to bringing many more gardens our way!
Britt : )