A Dreamy Past Remembered in a Garden

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Iris hats“On the other side of the house, to a little distance, was a garden of old-fashioned roses and sweet shrubs that filled the air with fragrance when they  were abloom. And there were beds of tulips and daffodillies, and there were graveled walks edged with box, and a greenhouse of shining glass at the lower end of the garden. And there was a wooden summer house at the end of one of the gravel walks, and together it was such a garden as you will hardly find outside of a story book. It seems to me that when I think of that garden, I cannot remember anything but bloom and beauty, air filled with the odor of growing things, and birds singing in the shady trees in such a fashion as they do not sing nowadays.”

– Howard Pyle (1853-1911) describing his childhood at Goodstay 


A walk through the Goodstay Gardens (iris goldnow the property of the University of Delaware) yesterday was made in hopes that the peonies and the famous iris would be in bloom, as indeed they were. In the heart of Wilmington's Western edge, we had the garden to ourselves as Covid has removed all students and associated activities from the property. So like Pyle, we had the Goodstay grounds as our private kingdom.

Not only were there peonies (peach peony at top)  and iris, but some giant allium stood as accents. And at the far side of the mansion, a large blooming horse chestnut put on a spectacular display.  And if you wondered, there is no admission fee.
allium        horse chestnut
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Comments (4)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

My mother was very fond of both Roses and Iris.  I don't recall her having any of the Old Fashioned Roses, however.  The ones pictured are beautiful.

May 18, 2021 07:25 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Carolyn, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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May 18, 2021 07:25 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Thank you for the feature, Myrl!

May 18, 2021 08:53 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA thank you for sharing these very beautiful flowers.

May 18, 2021 08:45 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

It was my pleasure, John!

May 18, 2021 08:54 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Carolyn - thank you for the photos and the story.  It's as if I was on the tour with you.  

May 19, 2021 03:50 AM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Michael-I wish more people could come on this tour with me!

May 19, 2021 05:39 AM