Monday, June 28, 2010

Elizabethan Gardens

I spent last week at the Outer Banks of North Carolina on vacation with 18 of my immediate and extended family.  It was a really hot week so the beach was the perfect place to enjoy the sun and sea.  I did get away to visit the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island near the site of the Lost Colony.  It is a mature garden that is shaded by large Live Oaks some of which are thought to be over 400 years old.  It was a hot humid day when I visited so I didn't spend a lot of time lingering but here are some pictures.

The Great Gate and entrance Gatehouse.

The Sunken Gardens.

The Great Lawn.

Hydrangeas were still in bloom but past their prime. There must have been over a hundred though.

A large bronze of Queen Elizabeth I has been added since my last visit.  It looked like it had been in that spot forever.  I thought it was ideally situated.

The Crepe Myrtles along the entry walk and in the sunken gardens were severely pruned to achieve the round globe shape.  I've seen Crepe Myrtles that have been butchered but these looked good and in bloom later this summer they will be stunning.

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