Jo’s Monday Walk: Let’s Tip-Toe Through the Tulips!

Good mornin’ and welcome to the TULIPS! Last week, we took a little vaca and traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, one of my favorite spots to visit. We were making our every-six-weeks pilgrimage  to Cheekwood Gardens, because I wanted to catch the tail end of the Tulip display!  We had tickets for 11am on the Wednesday morning after Easter…………who would be there then? To my surprise, when we got there, the first three parking lots were full and we were told to park in the back forty!  WE had about  a two-mile hike just to get to the entrance and were following an ant trail of folks to get in! Well, you won’t need to walk that far so early this morning, just a stretch of the legs and we’re in! Through the gate!

The Front Gate at Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

A look at the Snowball  Tree……..

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

to the first display of tulips!

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

and the second……

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

I’m looking for four windmills in the tulip section……..

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

This one was my favorite!

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

More tulips……

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

Then on over to the fern collection…….where you can see the Redbud Tree ( they are actually pink) The question was asked a few weeks ago, why these pink trees are called redbud…….the answer……the person, who named them was color blind or had an impairment of some kind or just very poor eyesight, as was common in the old days, and thought the pink buds were red! There are quite a few hellebores along the creek too!

Fern Collection  at Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

There are also many sculptures all through the garden and I had not noticed this fellow before……..we are taking a different path through the 55-acre garden today!

The Night Watchman by Sculptor, William Ralston: Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

In and around the dogwood…….

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee
Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

The Cheekwood Mansion is where Artwork is rotated in and out …….we’ll go there, on another visit.

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee is the Limestone State and I can see why…….you dig down a couple of inches and hit solid limestone! How does anything grow here?

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

All the walks, paths, and garden walls………. even the mansion, is made of limestone.

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

Looking out over the terraces, this is the view!

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

and from this way we see………

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

The ferns seem happy in the limestone cracks……

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

And in this direction is one of the reflecting pools!

Cheekwood Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

I hope you have enjoyed our Spring Walk at Cheekwood! We will be going back in May to see the new plants and displays and to walk in different parts of the garden…….If you would like to learn more about Cheekwood look HERE, for the original story on Cheekwood. It is fascinating!

Jo’s Monday Walk

To see where other bloggers are walking this morning, join Jo’s Monday Walk! See you next time!

PS Added for Frank, because I know he really wanted to hear from Tiny Tim this morning!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    What a fabulous place, Cady! The scale is immense, and I really love those fields with the windmills 🙂 🙂 I just tiptoed downstairs to make an early morning cuppa and finish my walk. You beat me to it- thanks a lot!

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    1. I love Cheekwood! it’a a good thing we went when we did! They were getting ready to pull out the tulips and move on to the next display for May! It”s something to do with Legos! What? We’ll see in May! Cady

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  2. A really colourful and pretty walk on a Monday morning! Beautiful photo’s of the tulips 🌷.

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    1. Do you have a public garden near you? Cady

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      1. There is actually a (very small) garden in the complex were we live … but the closest and most beautiful public garden would be the well-known Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens in Cape Town (about an hour and a half’s drive from us).
        I hope to show this beautiful garden soon on our blog … Corna

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      2. Corna, I can’t wait to see the Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden! And the small one near you too! Cady

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      3. We will definitely make an effort to get some really nice photo’s of the Botanic Gardens in Cape Town (it’s quite amazing) … and (especially for you) we will add our little public garden as well ☺️.

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  3. margaret21 says:

    What a wonderful place for a walk – on a Monday or any other day!

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    1. I wish I lived closer, in some ways……they have so many programs, that I would enjoy! Yoga in the Garden, Morning Fitness Walks, and something about Bathing in the Forest! Well, I would have to have more info about the bathing in the forest (maybe I’d send my hubby first) Ha ha! And then there are the indoor exhibits that I haven’t got to yet……..always something to see and do there!…..Cady

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      1. margaret21 says:

        Definitely!

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  4. Thanks for capturing the beauty of the place by tiptoeing through the tulip … but not Tiny Tim singing is in my head.

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    1. I had forgot about that song Frank! I should have played it for background music! I will have to see of I can find a free download! Cady

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      1. Oh my … I recall when it was a hit and he was a sensation.

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    2. Found him and posted it just for you Frank! Cady

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  5. Toonsarah says:

    What wonderful tulip displays – thank you for sharing them 🙂 The combination of bright yellow and deep red in one of the beds is especially striking!

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    1. Thank you! Do you live in London proper? Do you go to Kew very often? Cady

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  6. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh what gorgeous gardens and tulips 😀 😀

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  7. Joyce says:

    Beautiful! And it’s so amazing what can grow with that limestone everywhere. Thanks for the field trip–and someplace to add to the Bucket List!

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  8. Definitely worth the walk!

    janet

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  9. Rupali says:

    Your photos reminds me of my trip to tulip gardens in the Netherlands. I am glad you were able to visit this beautiful place.

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