|Blue Ridge Mountains|
The Saint and I left our Georgia Gardens to partake in a little adventure. This adventure took us to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Asheville, NC was our destination. We found a wonderful city full of Gardens (Click HERE to learn more about Asheville Gardens), Art, Friendly people and a thriving Downtown.
|Biltmore House Gates|
We arrived a day early so we could tour Biltmore house. I have toured many castles while living in Europe but this one was like non other to me. This one had more of a warm homey feel verses cold stone castle feeling to me.
To the right of the main entrance was my favorite part of the entire house. The Winter Garden of course.
I could not help but think of some of the European Cathedrals when seeing the Architecture of this magnificent house. Yes, I said house. It is the largest house in America! Today's Post will be rather filled so I will not talk further about the house. If you are interested in learning more, Please Click HERE.
|Biltmore Water Gardens|
The water Gardens are one level below the house. We did not take time looking at the gardens as we knew that was on the itinerary during the Fling. We did stroll along the upper level of the 3 Water Gardens on our way back to the car.
A close up of the island in one of the gardens.
Iris in the island
More pretties in the island. Anyone that knows me on this Blog will tell you that I am NOT the one to ask about flower types. I shall leave that for our Master Gardener, Tina...
Tina was near by with most pictures I snapped so you may see overlapping pictures. But I think overlapping can be a good thing as you will see two different views and takes of the same thing...
|Biltmore Tea House|
Wow, the views were spectacular and I can see why the Biltmore family fell in love with North Carolina.
|The Saint and his chicken!|
The only time I am sure to get a smile out of the Saint with a camera in his face, is when he is near an animal. I must admit this brought a smile to my face as well. I have never seen anyone pick up a darn chicken and love on the thing like the Saint. Guess I shall have to call him the Chicken Whisperer now. Geesh...
Tina wanted to fire up that old Tractor and till the land at Biltmore Farms. Kudos to your hat maker girl.
|Sow True Seeds|
The Fist Fling event started out as an Open House at Sow True Seeds. Click HERE to learn more about their "Open Pollinated/Non-Hybrid and Untreated Seeds. Here you see Flinger's Tina and Debbie in the cold room of the facility with our wonderful tour guides and Sponsors. I shall not give last names of bloggers as I failed to get permission to post.
Later that evening, we had the official Garden Bloggers Meet and Greet. Sorry but the camera never came out at that event. It was so much fun to put a face to a mere blogger name! Of course no one knew my name as I am known as "Skeeter" and that is NOT my name. LOL.
Christopher Mello's Garden
|Future works of Art|
This Waterfall greets you as you enter his Whimsical World of Art surrounded by a circular garden.
A Lot of iron, rust and clay within his decor.
This Blue Bottle Tree glowed in the garden. I have seen many Bottle Trees on different Blogs but never one with the Tree itself being painted!
The Blue Bottles glowed with the sun shining upon them.
With Art, One must use their imagination at times. I have a good imagination and for some reason, I could see this contraption as a type bomb that would creep along the sea floor and into a ship of another era. Just my vision.
Again, I see some type of Military war head that missed its target.
I cannot tell you how many times we have burn such a beautiful piece of wood. In the Garden such as this, not trashy wood but a work of art. I shall view old wooden pieces a bit differently now.
This is not only a place to display works of art but a beautiful garden filled with color as well.
Look at this beautiful Poppy!
Works of Art incorporated with Flowers.
This reminds me of an old Farm house and Barn. Do you get that?
A Farm Implement at some point maybe?
Now a planter full of Succulents.
This piece reminds me of a Gladiator's weapon.
Or did inspiration come from this beautiful bloom? Hum, See how my imagination works in an art/garden?
Christopher was sure to let us know he likes purples and blues in his gardens.
Raindrops on the Smoke tree look a bit like ice in this picture.
Oh so pretty indeed.
There was much talk amongst bloggers on this portion of the garden. It was interesting hearing every one's take on this garden as we all have our views. Some Art, well, I must admit, I just don't get it. But in this case, I believe I do get it. Some referred to this as the Shovel Garden due to it being surrounded by tall standing rusty shovels. This garden is centered in the middle of the entire circular property. So a sort of garden within a garden.
Some referred to it as the Truck Garden. As we move in closer, you can see old rusty metal trucks, hence that name.
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