Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies. One of my favorite lines from the movie is when Scarlett is feeling quite overwhelmed and says: "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow." There was a time in my life when Scarlett's procrastination annoyed me. I am older and wiser and realize there are times in life when a girl feels overwhelmed and needs a week-end get away.
AppleJack and I took a trip east to revisit some of our favorite places and discover some new ones. One of our stops was to the University Gardens. The gardens are located on the Agricultural Campus of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Some 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropical plants, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses grow in the gardens. The plants are under constant study and evaluation. New plant species are introduced and the gardens are a great way for home gardeners to learn about new varieties and let the experts do the trial and error.
The hydrangeas were in full bloom. There was an evening wedding scheduled and the hydrangeas were especially beautiful. I will be adding more of these beauties to my garden.
A red variety of coneflower! It was beautiful. Another must have to add to my garden. The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant.
A single red annual--zinna. Grandmother Bessie called this annual Old Maid.
A garden bench, a place to sit, relax and breathe in all the beauty of the gardens.
I highly recommend road trips. Stay tuned there are more road trips in our immediate plans--Berea, Sauder Village, Paducah, Little Rock.