They built this city on ROCK

Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate Delaware RS-0010115

bluebellsBeing that Sunday was Mother's Day, Gibraltar rockI thought the parks and gardens in Wilmington would be full of people, which turned out to be untrue for 2 out of 3 that I visited. The one thing they all had in common was ROCKS.  And also, 2 out of 3 also had flowers. Gibraltar gardens had Bluebells in bloom, taking the place of all the tulips I saw there a couple of weeks ago. And of course, there was the very large Rock of Gibraltar.   Was this how the estate got its name? Never thought of it before!


Wilmington's "Class A Affiliate" baseball team of Kansas City is called the Blue Rocks. I once took a tour of rock sites around town and was told that the land under the city is igneous rock, formed when the area was islands of volcanos, sort of like Hawaii is today. So dig most anywhere around here, and what do you find?  It's gneiss Rock signor as locals call it, Brandywine granite.  Locals find it every time they dig in their gardens.


Then I did a short hike around thereservoir wall grounds of the Sculpture Garden and labyrinth at the Delaware Art Museum, where I saw very few people, but lots of sculptures and lots of ROCKS.  And since I had never taken the time to walk the labyrinth, I did so. It is located inside an old reservoir, made of ROCKS. 


Brandywine bridgeMy last stop was Brandywine Park at the parking lot across from the (now closed) zoo. Parking spaces were hard to come by but I did not see an overload of people, so the rest must have been walking along the Brandywine Creek. There Geese on rockwere a few families picknicking and a group was gathered in the center of the rose garden, in a circle with social distancing.  The creek was running high, due to our recent downpours, but the bridges still provided shade (and an echo chamber for one small boy) and one of the ROCKS in the center of the creek hosted a couple of geese. 

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Comments (2)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoy seeing rocks as part of a garden.  Here is  in Santa Barbara gardens rocks are in abundance.  Happy Monday, and I enjoyed your. photos of gardens. A

May 11, 2020 11:01 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Thanks Alexandra--lots of rocks to enjoy here in Wilmington!

May 11, 2020 11:03 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Nice scenes.  When I was a kid, my mother had a small rock garden as part of her larger garden.  I always enjoyed it!

May 12, 2020 01:30 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Myrl-All the rocks in my garden are not exactly put there by me, but outside forces!

May 12, 2020 07:42 PM