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Garden Photo of the Day

A Few Magical Holiday Scenes

Once again, Longwood garden amazes us with their creativity

Today’s GPOD come from Rhonda Molin, who lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is close to Logwood Gardens in Kennett Square, where these shots were taken. Happy Holidays everyone!

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 12/22/2017

    Wow, Rhonda - certainly worth waiting for the brilliant way you have captured the festive season displays at Longwood. The timing and effects are perfect. Season's greetings to you and your family, and all fellow GPOD'ers. Cheers from Oz

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      Good day Frankie! Like I posted to David, my iPad was a poor choice instead of my camera. And I know Steve couldn’t post all of the pics I sent. I was hoping he would post the indoor ones another day. I’m not as clever as some of you who know how to post bonus pics!

      1. frankgreenhalgh 12/22/2017

        The pics. still look great, Rhonda. Nothing to posting bonus pics. - just click on little box on bottom left - you may have to send a reply to yourself for the box to show up. OK since you mentioned bonus pics., these are the last of my material (you guys will be glad to hear). I have really enjoyed interacting with you and other GPOD'ers via the blog during the year. A pretty good bunch to put up with some of my antics (although I have been better behaved this year). Cheers my friend

        1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

          I’m not sure I can do that with an iPad. I don’t have a desktop any more...

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            Linda on Whidbey 12/22/2017

            You can Rhonda, as I also just use an IPad. There is a little box in the lower left corner of the “reply” square. When you click on it , it will usually access your photos. Of course, I just tried to do it and my photo was rejected😳

          2. frankgreenhalgh 12/22/2017

            Probably because of the size of the pic., Linda. Just need to reduce the size a bit - sometimes this happens and other times it is fine.

          3. user-7007140 12/23/2017

            That works! Thank you Frank.

        2. user-7007498 12/22/2017

          Cool pictures, Frank. Tell me about the plants.
          And what do you mean this is the last bonus pictures. I really look forward to them.

          1. frankgreenhalgh 12/22/2017

            I thought you guys would be getting sick of my bonus pics., Kev - so I thought I better give it a rest for a while. It's 2.00 am on Saturday morning here, and I cannot sleep because there is a raging party going on next door - that's OK, but I need to leave home to go fishing with my 2 grown-up boys/men at our old family farm in 1.5 hours.
            The first pic. is of Sturt's desert pea (Swainsona formosa), which is a wildflower in our desert areas. It was difficult to grow in cultivation (because of root diseases), until it was grafted onto the New Zealand glory pea. I took the second pic. today in a public space - it is a paper bark shrub/small tree called a showy honey-myrtle (Melaleuca nesophila). I thought the pompom-like flowers looked pretty neat. Cheers mate

          2. user-7008735 12/22/2017

            I enjoy seeing the bonus pics, too, Frank. You have such different plants growing in your part of the world. Those pompoms are very pretty. Enjoy your fishing trip!

        3. chelleisdiggin 12/22/2017

          I always love your bonus pictures Frank! Merry Christmas!

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          Linda on Whidbey 12/22/2017

          These photos are great, as usual, Frank, and I hope you’ll keep them coming. Have a wonderful holiday with the boys and grands. Hope the fish are biting.

          1. frankgreenhalgh 12/22/2017

            One of our sons is driving me up to the farm, but I'll need to stay awake to help look out for kangaroos, Linda. They hop across the highway and cause enormous damage to cars.

        5. tennisluv 12/22/2017

          Frank, you always share the coolest, most unusual flowers. I really look forward to your bonus gifts. Wishing you and your family down under in the land of OZ the best holiday season ever.

          1. frankgreenhalgh 12/22/2017

            Thank you Sonya - I appreciate your comments. My issue today is staying awake chasing the iconic fresh water Murray cod. All the very best to you and your family as well over the holiday season. Cheers, Frank

          2. user-7008735 12/22/2017

            Are they releasing the big fish, Frank?

          3. frankgreenhalgh 12/22/2017

            Absolutely Lorraine. That cod would be 85 lb. and probably 85 years old. Most anglers do the right thing and release the fish after a quick pic.

          4. user-7008735 12/22/2017

            Good to hear, Frank!

          5. frankgreenhalgh 12/23/2017

            Update Lorraine - wonderful day fishing with my 2 boys (the start was too early for the grandkids). We caught over 20 small Murray cod (all still swimming in the Goulburn River) and a couple of nice Golden perch (yellowbelly).

          6. user-7008735 12/23/2017

            That sounds like a lot -- 20! Anglers practice catch and release here, too, with some species, but I'm not sure which ones. They are encouraged to release the sturgeon back into the Fraser River, but I'm not sure if it's by law that they must. Sturgeon can live to be 150 years old and can grow to 6 meters long. Sadly, not too many of them around any more. I'm glad you had a good day of fishing, Frank!

          7. user-4691082 12/22/2017

            My Frank, you do look handsome holding that fish! 😏

        6. user-4691082 12/22/2017

          You had better not stop sending those bonus pics! We all love them. I’m glad Kev asked you to identify the ones you sent- they are beautiful. Now, get some sleep! 💁

          1. frankgreenhalgh 12/23/2017

            Yes boss!

        7. user-7007140 12/23/2017

          Please don’t stop sharing your photos Frank. We wouldn’t get to see the wonders of Oz without your generosity. Hugs.

        8. user-6536305 12/25/2017

          Flowers are pretty but don't know about fishing. Have a good holiday! You behave perfect well this year and continue to do so. Thanks for your photos.

  2. user-7007498 12/22/2017

    Hi, Rhonda. Great photos of Longwood. I usually go to the Christmas display every other year, and this was my off year. Hope you had a great time.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Merry Christmas to everyone at GPOD.

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      Kevin, why don’t you and Kathy meet us one evening, like January 5th or 7th. We can have dinner and go see it all. This is not a year to miss!

  3. NCYarden 12/22/2017

    I love illuminated plants - Christmas lights and displays in a garden are the best. Thanks for sharing these pics.

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      My iPad didn’t do it justice. The tree in the Italian water garden had clusters of red lights amongst the white lights. You just need to see it yourself!

  4. tennisluv 12/22/2017

    Rhonda, thanks for ending the week for us with these delightful pictures of this year's light display at Longwood Gardens. What a great way to go into the long Christmas weekend. Merry Christmas to you and all our fellow GPODers!

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      To you and yours too Sonya!

  5. DeeinDe 12/22/2017

    Beautiful pictures, Rhonda! We are going in a few days, but during the day so we won't be able to see the night lights. Merry Christmas!

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      Thanks Dee! Merry Christmas to you and yours, as well. This year they have really outdone themselves. Looking forward to seeing you and Jill in the spring!

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 12/22/2017

    I know it's only in my imagination but beautifully illuminated trees at night always give me a "peace on earth, goodwill to men" feeling. These scenes from Longwood do the trick, Rhonda. Thanks so much for sharing them. Wishing all my fellow GPOD-ers a very Merry (and/or very peaceful) Christmas and safe travels.

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      Hi Michaele! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Chris N 12/22/2017

    Thanks, Rhonda! What a beautiful way to end the week. I know we have GPoDers of all faiths and from around the world so I'll just say Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and happy holidays to all the rest!

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      Right you are Chris. I’ll echo that!

  8. Dvngardener 12/22/2017

    I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to spend two full days at Longwood Gardens in August this year. It is so nice to be able to see these photos and recognize the parts of the garden I’ve visited. Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas !

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      To you as well Lily!

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    Linda on Whidbey 12/22/2017

    Good morning, Rhonda,and thanks for the photos from Longwood. That tree made of succulents is amazing. This garden looks like a “must see” for the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and your family and all of you other GPoders.

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      Thanks Linda. It is their best effort ever! And thanks for the suggestion about how to post bonus pics. You know us old manual laborers aren’t up on all the latest technology!

  10. user-7008735 12/22/2017

    That tree made of succulents is pretty cool, Rhonda! The illuminated garden is lovely, too. Wishing all of the GPOD group happy holidays and all the best in the New Year!

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      Yes, it is Lorraine. I overheard my bro in law telling someone he thought they were boring! Oh well, to each his own. Blessings sent to you and yours!

  11. BTucker9675 12/22/2017

    So beautiful! Since moving to the Charlotte, NC area about 3 years ago, we have greatly enjoyed Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, especially at Christmas. Prior to moving, the NY Botanical Gardens were always spectacular. Merry Christmas to all!

    1. user-4691082 12/22/2017

      We are very fortunate to have many, many spectacular gardens in our country. I can’t believe the number of people who live here have never visited Longwood...

      1. BTucker9675 12/23/2017

        I agree! Wherever we travel for vacations, we always try to find a local botanical garden and they never disappoint.

  12. Sheila_Schultz 12/22/2017

    Rhonda, I'm so late to the party today... Thanks for the fabulous photos from Longwood, I totally missed that the tree was made of succulents! Whoever put it together probably doesn't want to see another succulent for a long time, what a lot of painstaking work! Do you think they root the cuttings after the holidays?
    My dear GPOD friends... Celebrate every moment. Life is good and we are fortunate to have one another!

    1. PerenniallyCrazy 12/23/2017

      In an Instagram story by Kat, she mentions that they propagate golden sedum for the tree to act as garland for the succulent tree. She said there are three Succulent trees and the largest one is 12 feet tall. It took three of them 1.5 days to plant the entire tree. They also made a beautiful succulent wreath and she is asking for everyone to vote on a favorite - tree versus wreath.

      1. Sheila_Schultz 12/23/2017

        Thanks for the back story, Cherry! Hugs to you and your wonderful family coming your way!

    2. frankgreenhalgh 12/23/2017

      Lovely sentiment, Sheila.

      1. Sheila_Schultz 12/23/2017

        Frank, have a wonderful Christmas in Oz!

  13. PerenniallyCrazy 12/23/2017

    In awe and hope to visit someday. Happy holidays everyone!

  14. user-7007140 12/23/2017

    Happy Christmas dear GPODers, and a most Wonderful New Year. You all cheer me up every time I log in. Thank you for all the sharing.

  15. user-6536305 12/25/2017

    Happy Holidays everyone! Had a good year with the GPODers.

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