|A circular tree bench in the middle of Chanticleer's Orchard garden.|
A couple of our happiest vacation hours were spent reveling in the beauty of Chanticleer's Orchard and Bulb Lawn on a fine May day. We ate a bite of lunch, let the kids run around on the lawn and drank in the spring scent of thousands of daffodils and crabapple blossoms. I hope these photos help you get lost in the beauty of it all like we did!
|The Narcissus varieties planted en mass in the Orchard include: 'Actaea', 'Bravoure', 'Cheerfulness', 'Ice Follies', 'Ice Wings', 'Salome', and 'Thalia'.|
|Our three posing with the posies, as my grandmother would say.|
|Daffodils cover the hillside that looks up to the grand Chanticleer house. The little building above is at the end of the garden wall.|
|View through the trees to another sitting area. Chairs are placed everywhere to enjoy the view!|
|Blue grape hyacinths (Muscari armenicum) and more daffodils in the grass surrounding the crabapple trees.|
|Muscari armenicum and Narcissus poeticus in the rough grass.|
|The bulbs bloom in April and May. The grass is allowed to grow until July, when it is cut for hay. By being managed in this way, meadows are are easily improved with early flowers.|
|At least ten different varieties of crabapples (Malus) are planted in the Orchard, including white-flowering Malus 'Donald Wyman' and pink-flowering Malus 'Prairiefire'.|
|Cornus leaf buds floating over a carpet of bulbs in blue and white. Chanticleer has planted over 80,000 bulbs in their Orchard area.|
For more, see my series of photos on Chanticleer from last spring.