Saturday, April 14, 2012

At the Arboretum

During one afternoon this week, I was able to spend a brief interval
at the Chesapeake Arboretum.
Usually my husband and I hike the nature trails there.
I like them because they wind through more than 40 acres
of a thick hardwood forest that has been preserved
in the midst of suburbia. 
But there is another part of the Arboretum to explore--
the varied landscape around the original farm.

There is an old house there which,
according to the web site,
was built in the 1700s. The addition visible in this photo
probably dates to the mid 19th or early 20th century:

A  garden full of pink roses and other plantings
soften the hard edges of the house:

Cheerful flowers are planted around trees:

And a mature lilac shrub is just beginning to flower:

Here's a close-up of one fragrant blossom:

Further out from the house, there's a relic from another time:

But there's more to see.
I'll show you my favorite part of the grounds tomorrow.

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