flashback to may of this year and i got to go on a field trip with my son to the hermitage, the home of president andrew jackson (1829-1837). the texas sister and I have been wanting to go visit (she likes old homes and i like gardens), but for one reason or another we've never managed it on her trips here. we're going to remedy that the next time she comes.
i believe this was the foreman's cabin on the property? i don't quite remember.
we weren't allowed to take any photos inside the president's home, but they had the foreman's cabin set up and allowed photos.
again, i don't remember properly, but i think this may have been a former home of the jackson's that was moved to the property and set up as two small cabins when once it was a two story home.
and oh the flowers. they were in their prime then and i was in love. i knew i wanted peonies one day, but this solidified my resolve.
i have never really desired roses, but the heirloom roses in this garden were gorgeous. now i want roses.
i have absolutely no idea what this is, but i want it too.
foxglove with peony. what a winning combination.
poppy. yes, please.
heirloom rose. I was especially drawn to the foliage around the bud on these. so cool.
i made a mental note of the layout of this garden. it was basically a large rectangular space divided into four quadrants. there were walkways and beds around the edges of each quadrant with green space in the middle. hey! i have a large empty rectangular green space. oh the possibilities!
the students toured the hermitage and also acted as jr. docents when they were there. each one was given a few lines to memorize and then stood at specified locations and shared their new knowledge with other visitors there that day.
this is one of my favorite photos of my baby. i need to convert it to black and white (the color is a little off for some reason) and print and frame it.
this is gabriel standing in front of his spot at the summer kitchen. he was so proud of this assignment. i think you can even see that in his smile.
turning in their costumes before heading back to school. good-bye hermitage! until next time . . .