|My patio in January 2011. Not a January Nick (or my back for that matter) cares to repeat anytime soon.|
Every so often January tosses a curve ball though and behaves more like late February or early March. By no means am I an advocate for global warming. But I have to admit I feel positively giddy over the prospect of the forty and fifty degree weather we are currently experiencing. Somebody pinch me! Anybody but Al Gore.
Last Sunday morning as I sat swilling coffee while watching Meet The Press I came to the conclusion that the day needed to hold more for me than laundry and cleaning. Why not a trip to Tower Hill Botanical Garden in West Boylston, MA? Not only do they have cool plants but they serve food. Although it was short notice, I tossed out an invitation on Facebook and was able to get two friends to meet me there.
Tower Hill is a horticultural gem hidden away in suburban central Massachusetts, about an hour and fifteen minute drive from my house. In addition to the outdoor gardens and indoor Orangerie and Limonaia, there is also a library, a cafe and miles of nature and hiking trails. During the growing season, many of the display gardens are creatively planted with unusual tropical and annuals. If I were to make a list of places in Southern New England where you could most likely get rid of the January stink, Tower Hill would be at the top.
No we're not in Kansas anymore, we're in Massachusetts
All of the plants are in containers
Roses bloom in January in the Orangerie at Tower Hill
Oranges in the Orangerie
View of the Systematic Garden from inside. Check out what it will look like in a few months HERE
After touring the Orangerie, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the cafe then moved on to the Limonaia.
Lisa daydreaming about a tropical paradise
This Bromeliad tree was way cool!
Bird of Paradise in bloom in the Limonaia
Lemon tree very pretty
Believe it or not but the tree is a Euphorbia 'Sticks on Fire'
It was such a nice day that we decided to take a stroll through the lawn gardens.
A pair of Paperbark Maples (Acer griseum) flanking a large Pieris
What are they looking at?
I love the reflecting pool and turtle fountain located in the winter garden between the Orangerie and Limonaia.
View of the Orangerie from Domitian's pool in the winter garden. The turtles are named Castor and Pollux.
What do you think? Is a visit to Tower Hill a great way to spend a sunny forty degree day in early January or what? If the weather gurus are correct, we are being led to believe that temperatures in the fifties can be expected this coming weekend. If anybody has suggestions as to where I can go or what I can do, I'm open.