Looking for older and historic homes in the State of Delaware or in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Carolyn Roland is a trained Architectural Historian and a Board Member of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and Friends of the Furness Railroad District as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Delaware and Chester County Historical Societies.,..
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The Newark Delaware Garden Tour 2020 was a benefit for the Newark Arts Alliance. We had a chance to drive around Newark and take a sprint 8 miles out to Elkton, Maryland for a walk on the wild side . On a large property, the Elkton garden was "designed for repose and solitude." I started the tour...
While looking out my back window the other day, I saw what could be considered a fortuitous sign. There were, at one point, five goldfinches around the poppies that had finished blooming a couple of weeks before. Watching what one of them was doing, I saw him pecking at the seed heads. Wait a m...
I always loved blue and white and yes, I am a fan of Delftware, the tin glazed earthenware which the Dutch developed in the 15th century to satisfy the market for rare Chinese porcelains. So it is only fitting that when I noticed that my blue hydrangeas were blooming, that I brought some inside a...
Today was a big day for members of Winterthur Museum and Gardens. A friend and I took advantage of a new reservation system and printed out passes to put on the windshield of our car.We had the 10 a.m. to noon slot this morning. It had been a couple of months since I had been to Winterthur, but h...
It's always nice to see how the gardeners are doing at the plots in Bellevue State Park, and yesterday was a particularly nice day to walk through the woods and meadows on the way to see how these "worker bees" are doing. In the woods, I found this overturned tree displaying what is probably the...
Between my plant buying at garden centers and a masks for plants trade with a horticulturally inclined friend, I have been busy putting in new plants and potting others. Luckily, they all seem to be getting along with each other and the current garden occupants. (clockwise starting from top left...
In my Mother's Day story on ROCKS, I mentioned the Delaware Art Museum's Copeland Sculpture Garden. Today I would like to show you some of the works of art found there. One of the most popular pieces is Tom Otterness' Crying Giant, a 13' bronze construction. My favorite viewing point for this wor...
Being that Sunday was Mother's Day, I thought the parks and gardens in Wilmington would be full of people, which turned out to be untrue for 2 out of 3 that I visited. The one thing they all had in common was ROCKS. And also, 2 out of 3 also had flowers. Gibraltar gardens had Bluebells in bloom,...
A carefully planned trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Amish country for plants at Groff's Plant Farm took me back in time today. We had to get reservations for the plant farm as they were monitoring how many people were wandering around the greenhouses (I counted 8 greenhouses separat...
Today is overcast with occasional drizzles.So let's see what is blooming in the garden. Hmmm. I'm seeing a dark undercurrent here.IrisTulipsLilacsCherry laurel