(part of our November trip to Nashville, Tennessee)
The last place we visited in Nashville before catching our flight was The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home. Had we been allowed to photograph inside the home I would have shared multiple pictures of the fabulous wallpaper in the main hallway, it was gorgeous. As I remember (this is 3 months ago with no photos to aid my memory) the pattern included drawings of lush palms and bananas and the colors were remarkable. I thought a simple online search would turn up at least one image but I found nothing. So…on that unfortunate note we head outside to the garden! This washtub off the back of the main house would make a wonderful pond planter don’t you think? The garden entrance… Frost damaged Tuberose… The garden, note the large Cardoon in the center. Beautiful Crape myrtle… Coral Honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens. This little fellow was enjoying the sun on a Cardoon leaf. These large brown leaves caught my eye; there was something very familiar about them. I realized they were similar to the leaves from our Magnolia macrophylla. This is what they were from. The family cemetery next to the garden. I have mixed emotions about what it would be like to have this feature as a part of your garden. It certainly would make moving more difficult, but I really like the conection it would allow. I felt the closest to my grandfather after he died when I had the opportunity to garden in the soil he had worked for years.
Expired flowers and seeds. This one is a mystery to me, one I would love to solve. The “flowers” (?) look like giant Euphoria bracts. Does anyone know what it is? This atractive grass was growing in the parking lot… And that’s it...we jumped in the car and took off for the airport, the end of our Nashville adventure!