Poppy (Pansies in background)
Crape Myrtle trees thrive in the warm Virginia climate. They have a very smooth bark.
I love these paved "kitchen gardens"- close to the back door so you can conveniently run out and snip herbs, etc while you are cooking.
I love a garden with "surprises" around the corner....
A little misty drizzle made us feel like we were in an English garden....
One home had a graveyard set in the farthest corner of the property,
I was so anxious to find out more about it....
It turned out to be a really lovely resting place for the family pets.
It is also common to find graveyards for human family members on the properties of these very old homes.
The wrought iron archway on the front of this home was made by Haitian slaves. It has a snake motif, to keep away evil spirits.
Root cellar- gorgeous original hardware on the door.
Dock in the back yard of one of the homes.
I wish I had a fence like this, don't you? (Maybe you actually do have one.... lucky.)
One of my very favorite things that we saw on the tour was this serpentine wall which divided the back yard from the creek.
Are you feeling inspired yet?? It was a really lovely tour... I am already looking forward to going again next Spring. It makes me want to go work in my garden today.... but it's going to be 94 degrees, so I think I'll stay inside and dream about misty, cool English gardens.
Have a happy Monday!