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19 May, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday...or...A Visit to the Balck Walnut Bed and Breakfast

It's time for another tour of beautiful gardens and outdoor rooms from our hostess Susan at A Southern Daydreamer! Be sure to visit her wonderful blog to see her gorgeous home and gardens and find a list of this week's participants! I am afraid that a lengthy drought and late frost have kept me from posting any pictures of my own yard. But...


... last week I went to Asheville, NC, to meet fellow bloggers Barb at Grits and Glamour and Kathysue at Rate My Space and was thrilled to find myself on the grounds of a gloriously beautiful old home surrounded by fabulous gardens....the Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast Inn! Let me take you for a little tour!


Driving up the driveway and through the portico, you are greeted by the first of two ponds complete with waterfalls! This one was a double pond and was filled with huge koi and wonderful waterlilies! A net had been added to keep the herons from making a tasty and expensive meal of the koi!


A second smaller pond was tucked away in a secluded part of the yard. It was surrounded by native plants.


Bursts of colorful flowers dotted the yard, such as this wonderful blue lace cap hydrangea! I think this was my favorite!


We were fortunate enough to be there when the rhododendron were in bloom! Isn't that a wonderful shade of lavender? In front of the bird bath were several groupings of columbine...a flower that I have not seen very often.


Here is a close-up of one of the varieties. I love the contrast of the dark purple with the cream!



And here is her paler sister...a lighter purple with white! I am now on a mission to find out if I can grow these in our heat!


We were not the only ones enjoying the gardens! There was a nice variety of birds...cardinals, blue jays and woodpeckers in particular...taking advantage of the feeder, as well as this very agile squirrel! It was a very relaxing sight to watch the creatures and their antics from the window seat in the large window of the dining room! Ahhhhhh!!!


Alas, it ended too soon! I hated to leave my dear blogger friends and this wonderful place! That's us...l to r...Barb, moi and Kathysue! I am ready for another trip to this beautiful inn and its surrounding gardens! Let's go back soon!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed our little tour! Please head on over to Susan's to be inspired by wonderful gardens and beautiful blossoms! See you next time! A bientôt!

30 comments:

  1. That lace cap hydrangea is my favorite, Debbie! It is GORGEOUS! This was a great holiday! I've enjoyed all of your pictures SO much. Thank you for sharing...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  2. oh my what a gorgeous B&B Debbie the hydrangeas are such a beautiful colour and Columbine are one of my favourites, how lovely to meet fellow bloggers and have such a fun time, Happy outdoor Wednesday, Kathy.

    ps, your header photo is just beautiful.

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  3. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Debbie! What beautiful gardens! and it looked like a wonderful day... good to see smiling blogger faces! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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  4. Oh what a wonderful place to rendezvous!! I love it. Great shots of the grounds. Happy O.W. to you!

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  5. What a wonderful heads up...since our first stay at a B&B years ago we have never stayed at another hotel. We tried to amble our way to Ashville years ago and got stopped by so many waterfalls we never made it. I must put this on our list. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I am completely enchanted. I have several friends who have studied in and around Ashville and a few who have mad it home and I've yet to get there. How delightful to have this littel peek.
    thanks!

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  7. What a lovely spot in which to meet and enjoy the company of friends. Your pictures are beautiful. Have a great day.

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  8. We wont have hydrangea for about 5 weeks. I have one bush that is lace cap and mophead in one bush..
    What a lovely place..
    Thanks for the tour..You do get around Miss Debbie!

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  9. Looks like y'all had a wonderful time in a wonderful place. Thanks for letting us see a bit of it!

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  10. Debbie, I'm never going to tire of seeing these pictures. This is just the most beautiful inn! The grounds are gorgeous, I love the koi pond. And I've never seen a columbine flower before, they are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these, and I hope you have lots more! Hugs, Kat

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  11. The flowers are so lovely! I love the old house! I watch the squirrels everyday! So peaceful to watch! I know you had fun with the blogging ladies! I love Asheville! My favorite store is there! lol I went to a neighborhood garage sale this past Sat. with Hubby! We had a blast! I came home with a truck packed to the top of the cab! I having fun with all my wonderful things! Miss visiting you! I going to check out what post I have missed.

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  12. Looks like quite a fun trip and some beautiful photos too!

    ~Really Rainey~

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  13. Beautiful grounds for such beautiful bloggers. Awesome flowers and that columbine is so gorgeous in cream and purple!

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  14. Hi Debbie! What a beautiful place with flowers to match! You gals look adorable and I'm a little bit jealous - you get to meet everybody! I'm really not, but do wish I could meet some bloggy friends!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  15. The flowers are all gorgeous and you 3 ladies are all gorgeous too, Debbie! Must have been so much fun walking the grounds while giggling and chatting and just admiring the gardens...Christine

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  16. Just beautiful pics Debbie!

    Those hydrangea and rhododendra are fabulous! I loved seeing these pics and I do plan on being in Asheville this summer! My blog roll/dashboard is not updating but I do have an OW post. hugs, Cindy

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  17. We had a blogger meet at Longwood Gardens this past weekend. It is my O/W post. Funny, I loved the Columbine too.

    Glad your meet was fun.

    Happy Wednesday.
    Becky K.
    www.hospitalitylane.blogspot.com

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  18. Gorgeous Outdoor Wednesday post, Debbie!!

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  19. Looks like a wonderful spot to visit with friends. My son and his wife got married at a B&B in Cherokee -- not too far from Ashville - some of this reminds me of the beautiful setting of their wedding in the garden almost 7 years ago!

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  20. I've stayed at many a hotel but never a B&B. I seriously need to do that! What a gorgeous setting.

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  21. Hi Debbie...What a lovely location for a girls-getaway! I'll bet y'all talked & laughed till you were hoarse...LOL ;-) Bo

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  22. Debbie... your photos are beautiful! I LOVE that Hydrangea! I've never see that species... just fantastic!

    have a happy Wednesday...

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  23. Hi Debbie, I love the pictures....so glad you all had a great time.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

    Barb

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  24. WOWee, how fun!!!! CHEERS! Michele

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  25. What a beautiful place! It sure makes me wish I had a green thumb so I could have a garden half as lovely as this. :::big wistful sigh:::

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  26. Debbie, You have me wanting to take another trip to Ashville. It is so pretty there. Next time I go I am checking in at this B&B.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  27. I am SO loving that pond!
    Brenda

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  28. Looks like fun. I love how you bloggers get together, and even better that you share. The Bed and Breakfast looked darling. Fun Times, Happy OD Wednesday.
    Maryrose

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  29. The photos are beautiful Debbie. Love the hydrangea & koi pond! ♥ Diane

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  30. Beautiful photos!!! I am so envious that you got to meet your blogging buddies. There are several I'd love to lunch with. :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie