Yesterday our family went on a day trip to Monticello, home of our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson! This is probably the 5th or 6th time I have been here but I love this house and gardens so much I never tire of looking around. The house is completely restored on the first floor with 60 % of all the furnishings that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. But it's the gardens that I love. 2 acres of vegetables and many beautiful flower gardens. Check out the view from his garden "observatory". I even included a picture of "yours truly" in the corn patch. The hat was one of my "creations"!
The flower gardens were in full bloom and I took so many notes while on the guided tour. Many varieties that I want to incorporate into my garden.
One of my favorites was a black scabiosa! I guess it is really purple, but so dark it looks black. I also really liked the spider flower (cleome), the Joseph's coat, and the beautfiul purple and blue larkspur.
Thomas Jefferson was constantly trying different ways to run his household more efficiently and the 7 "eyes" on his kitchen "stove" is proof of one. Instead of cooking everything over the fireplace, he made 7 small fireboxes along the wall!
After our tour we ate at Michie Tavern. It is such a beautiful place, built in 1794. The food is southern home style and you are served by waitresses in period dress.
I have heard that Monticello is beautiful decorated for Christmas. I may need to go check that out for myself!
Have a blessed day.