Monday, June 30, 2014

Asheville Garden Bloggers Fling, Day 2

Day 2 of the Asheville Fling started off at the lovely hillside garden of Peter and Jasmin Gentling. I began my wandering at the top of the hill looking down onto the main house. 

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The light through the trees beckoned me further up the hill into a bamboo grove. 

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Back down by the house the lawn provided some nice seating areas. 

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The planting beds were full of lovely combinations and textures. 

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A lovely bench built into the wall:

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And this guest house/propagation area was pretty interesting. 

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Next we headed to an even bigger house - The Biltmore Estate. 

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The vastness of the view from the house was surprising. It seemed to stretch on forever. 

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The details were amazing, right down to the lizards. 

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The gardens were expansive and immaculate. 

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I'm curious what this plant is - with succulent red stems, bluish leaves and living in the greenhouse. Looks like it might freeze in Northern California, but maybe not...

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Back up near the house the wisteria walk must be lovely in bloom. 

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7 comments:

  1. I loved both garden tours. I had forgotten how beautiful and exotic the Biltmore greenhouses were. I enjoyed that shot of the lizard! :0)
    David/

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    1. Thanks David. I'd never seen a lizard like that before.

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  2. The blue plant is pilea glauca.

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    1. Late to the party. Great blog with great photos. just found it via a Danger Garden link. I think the plant in question is actually Impatiens repens. Just bought one this year. Looks cool when it blooms because the flowers are yellow. Cheers and thanks for sharing via your blog.

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  3. Look at you getting all up to date on your fling posts...! I've got the first one for PDX started... I'm not going to let my lack of Asheville or San Fran posts hold me back... Thanks for the contemplative view toward the Olmstedian meadow from the Biltmore courtyard ;) You sneaky photog you.

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    1. OK, the race is on between us for the first PDX post then. I've been formatting photos. And yeah, I love that shot of you looking out the archway. So nice to have such a great model to sneak into my photos!

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