Biltmore Blooms!


Living in Asheville, NC gives a unique opportunity to enjoy many wonders of nature.  I have posted pictures previously of the vistas from the Blue Ridge Parkway and recently from the Asheville Orchid Show at the NC Arboretum.

 

We also live quite close to Biltmore House and Estate, the home of the Vanderbilt family.  The house is a beautiful piece of architecture and the grounds were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

 

One portion of the gardens is the famed Walled Garden, where my sister and I went yesterday to enjoy the annual Biltmore Blooms – an amazing display of color and growth as millions of bulbs — as many as 8 in a single hole — fill the air with color and fragrance.

 

I’m from the Great Lakes.  It was April 1, and we’d be lucky to have the first daffodils in bloom this time of year, back home in the North.  It was amazing to see tulips and daffodils in full bloom!

 

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

 

Namaste,

Barbara

 

 

 

Biltmore House
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Profusion of Color Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Pastels in Bloom
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Beauty never ending
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

View of Biltmore House from the Walled Garden
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

The Garden Wall
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

So much color
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Vibrant Color Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Blooming Flame
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Color upon Color
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Garden after Garden
Photograph & Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

In the Garden


To me hath been granted a garden,

Tho only for my care,

To nourish the plants and flowers that may be growing there.

 

Twas God that granted this garden,

For only the other day

The owner, my neighbor left it,

To use it, as I may.

 

To God will have grown these flowers,

And to God shall they be given, And I but the steward in that back yard,

For our Father who art in Heaven.

 

There’ll be some for the poor and lowly,

And some for those sick in bed,

And others for those in hospitals,

And for the children whose parents are dead.

 

And so shall all the flowers,

Be a hope for those whose life

Is shut from the beauties given by God,

Who are lost in this world of strife.

 

And everywhere in this garden,

That God hath granted me,

Shall love be planted and grow,

And I his servant be.

 

As for the blossoms that come there,

A message each shall bring,

Beauty and love and joy and hope,

And every flower shall sing.

—Excerpted from  In the Garden by  Murshid Sam, Samuel L. Lewis

 

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The last roses Photograph and copyright by /barbara Mattio, 2016

The last roses. Photograph and copyright by /barbara Mattio, 2016

 

From the greenhouse. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

From the greenhouse. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The tropical. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The tropical. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

Pollination. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Pollination. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The flame of blossoms. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The flame of blossoms. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The gathering of the Monarch butterfly. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The gathering of the Monarch butterfly. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

They track the Monarch butterflies to follow their migration paths. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

They track the Monarch butterflies to follow their migration paths. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

Mums in the fall garden. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Mums in the fall garden. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

 

Art for the garden is whimsical. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Art for the garden is whimsical. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The Impostor. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Matttio, 2016

The Impostor. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Matttio, 2016

The pale beauties. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

The pale beauties. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Life is pink. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Life is pink. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Container garden. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Container garden. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Water fountain. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Water fountain. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Garden Sculpture. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Garden Sculpture. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

A mystic ring. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Magniflower. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2016

Namaste

Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Sunday Afternoon, Same Garden


Well, it is another beautiful Sunday afternoon in August. Despite the weather the garden has been pretty but not nearly as lush as usual. But a flower is a gift from God and therefore I am grateful for each bloom. So I am going to share my meager blooms with you. I hope that this winter coming is much less severe than the last one. And we have an early and warm spring!  Namaste.

 

 

 

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Petunias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Petunias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Zinnias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Zinnias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 201

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 201

 

Hardy Mums.  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Hardy Mums. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

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The Rio Rose. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

The Rio Rose. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

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                                                                                                    Hardy gladiolas. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Hardy Hibiscus. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Hardy Hibiscus. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

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Phlox. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Update on my Garden


Though our terrible winter took its toll on our gardens here in Cleveland. I am happy that many of my plants survived and while not thriving, they are fragrant and the color is a joy to my eyes and I hope to my neighbors also. Though the blooms are not as lush as they were in years past, I am delighted to have them to share with you. I hope you have a moment of pleasure as you peruse my photos.

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio  2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Roses are a favorite of mine. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Roses are a favorite of mine. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

She Walks in Beauty


She Walks in Beauty (By George Gordon, Lord Byron)

She walks in beauty, like the
night
Of cloudless
climes and starry
skies;
And all that’s best
of dark and bright
Meet in her
aspect and her
eyes:
Thus mellow’d to
that tender light
Which heaven
to gaudy day
denies.
One shade the
more, one ray the
less,
Had half
impair‘d the
nameless grace
Which waves in
every raven trees,
Or softly
lightens o’er her
face;
Where thoughts
serenly sweet
express
How pure, how
dear their
dwelling-place.
And on that cheek,
and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm,
yet eloquent,
The smiles that
win, the tints that
glow,
But tell of days
in goodness spent,
A mind at peace
with all below,
A heart whose
love is innocent!

When ill or injured, I find poetry to be a soothing balm. I will be in the new walking boot for two more weeks and then I will begin PT. It could have been much worse. It could have caused more pain but I was blessed. This poem is one of my favorite ones and it was also Jacqueline Kennedy’s favorite poem. I like to read it when life challenges me. So I wanted to share it with all of you. Thank you for all of your kind wishes. I know I will have a speedy recovery. The gift of my heart is these  images I am sharing with you tonight.  Blessings, Barbara

Garden of solitude

Garden of solitude  Photograph copyrighted by Barbara Mattio  2013

Surrender yourself to peace.Photography copyrighted by Barbara Mattio

Surrender yourself to peace.Photography copyrighted by Barbara Mattio  2013

Praise


Hibiscus by Stephanie and Photo by Barbara Mattio

” Blessed sister, holy mother, spirit of the fountain,
spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks.
Our peace in his will
And even among these rocks
Sister, mother,
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea.
Suffer me not to be separated
And let my cry come unto Thee.”
——–T.S. Eliot

Photo by Barbara Mattio

“Lord, make this world to last as long as possible.”
—-Prayer of an eleven year old child,
on hearing of Sino-Indian border fighting.