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!
A look at the Snowball Tree……..
to the first display of tulips!
and the second……
I’m looking for four windmills in the tulip section……..
This one was my favorite!
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!
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!
In and around the dogwood…….
The Cheekwood Mansion is where Artwork is rotated in and out …….we’ll go there, on another visit.
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?
All the walks, paths, and garden walls………. even the mansion, is made of limestone.
Looking out over the terraces, this is the view!
and from this way we see………
The ferns seem happy in the limestone cracks……
And in this direction is one of the reflecting pools!
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!
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PS Added for Frank, because I know he really wanted to hear from Tiny Tim this morning!