Day in Old New Castle with record heat

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

Many years (other than the last 3cactus years when the tour was not held) we worried about rain impacting this oldest house and garden tour. This year it was the heat in the upper 90's which wilted this tour-goer.  Our first garden was at the old RR station where we sat in the secret garden and looked at the Delaware River and the steamy view (picture above).  An appropriate plant found in one garden was a cactus, not usually found in a lot of gardens here.

 wistereiaBut my friend Diane and I did get a chance to play "what's that plant," and no one was grading us, so we were free with our answers. A couple of times, other garden visitors asked us if we knew names of plants, and we could usually come up with the answers. One garden on The Strand (riverfront) had a lovely wisteria growing on an archway and the owner told us how when her old trellis died, they just folded back the plant and tucked a new framework under it and it did just fine.

peonies The peonies were in fine form and provided bright pops of color in many gardens (this one also on river). There were a few homes open but after alibrary lunch break, we were too wilted to see them after visiting the new exhibit on travel in the past in the Frank Furness-designed Old Library building.

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Comments (6)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carolyn, you have record heat and we had snow in Denver on Friday and Friday night that had tree limbs coming down.

May 22, 2022 08:36 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Denver is definitely in a zone of its own--but a beautiful one!

May 22, 2022 08:40 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carolyn, I remember going through the old mansion in Ashville NC in August, with no AC, was pretty miserable.

May 22, 2022 11:14 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Joan-The good news was that all the museums and houses we were in had AC.

May 22, 2022 11:20 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Hello Carolyn and great information to share with us here in the rain.  Most people need this advice. bill

May 22, 2022 12:20 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Bill-Thanks for visiting.

May 22, 2022 12:25 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The weather patterns have certainly taken on a more extreme stance.  We are experiencing temps in the 90s this week in Sacramento.

May 22, 2022 05:25 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Myrl, Guess that's better than a fire!

May 22, 2022 08:18 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The steam rising off the Delaware offers a unique photo, but the gardens would have been desperate for water

May 22, 2022 06:08 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA

Ed-The heat would hurt even more if we hadn't had rain this week.

May 22, 2022 08:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your wilting experience.

Have a very special Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2022 05:19 AM