Biltmore Gardens

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Y’all, I took another trip to Richie Rich’s house!

You know that cartoon from the 90’s, Duck Tales?  There was a character in the opening credits that would dive into his massive vault of gold coins and swim.  Well, that’s what this house reminds me of.   Anyway, this time I spent a lot of time in the conservatory and gardens because spring has sprung and it is BEAUTIFUL!

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-It’s God. I have 10,000 engagements of state today but I would prefer to spend the day out here getting a wet arse, studying dandelions and marveling at… bloody spider’s webs.
-You found God, sir?
-I think He found me. You have any idea how inconvenient that is? How idiotic it will sound? I have a political career glittering ahead of me, and in my heart I want spider’s webs.
-“It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else and still unknown to himself.” Francis Bacon. I don’t just dust your books, sir.

From a scene between William Wilberforce and his butler in Amazing Grace.

Amazing Grace is one of my all time favorite movies.  Not because it’s enjoyable, but because it shows God’s work through the life of one individual who dedicated his life to changing the world.  The above scene resonated deep within me.  Because that’s exactly how I feel sometimes.  I have tons of responsibilities and issues screaming for my time, but I would rather admire the works of God!  So, on this trip to Biltmore, with no children with me, that’s exactly what I did.

 

 

The conservatory was full of beautiful plants including a variety of orchids.   Orchids.  Orchids. Orchids every where.

ORCHIDS  

God really showed out when he made orchids.  These flowers reveal his creativity and sense of humor……

 

LADY SLIPPER ORCHIDS

I loved the Lady Slipper Orchids.  I felt like I was looking at some strange creatures instead of flowers.

 

SPIDER ORCHIDS

All I could think of when I saw these blooms were spiders.  When I later tried to identify them, it came as no surprise that’s what they’re referred to.  Go figure.

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TROPICAL PITCHER PLANT

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ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

I felt a little like Alice in Wonderland when I walked by this gigantic plant.

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TRAILING CHENILLE PLANT

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PLUMERIA

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YELLOW SHRIMP PLANT

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MEDINILLA

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VARIOUS PLANTS IN THE CONSERVATORY

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Biltmore’s conservatory is so big and has so much to view, you could get lost in it.  Like in a maze.  Because I did.  I was so content admiring God’s art work that I didn’t realize I got separated from my crew.  Or that I was taking a long time.  I laughed at what I found when I stepped out of the conservatory.  The girls were waiting very patiently.

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THE GROUNDS

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