Sunday Morning on the Plantation

25/08/13 11:49 AM


What a wonderful sight to behold, rising to blue skies and calm still waters of the Rappahannock River. The trees reflect in the water giving the appearance of a second line of trees. It is hard to know what is real and not real. The birds fly over the river as their reflection seems to chase them.


The plantation is starting to settle down after all the upheaval in landscaping and driveway work. Standing on the back portico I am greeted by the beautiful old Crepe Myrtles that have adorn the back bluff for years. Their branches of delicate pink blooms seem to bend with the weight of their fullness.


As do the newest additions of the knockout roses in the beds along the back portico. It seems is if they have found a perfect place and have grown both in size and number of blooms.


Looking to the other young Crepe Myrtle towards the side courtyard, it seems lonely standing there. We have decided to add a raised bed around its base and will be placing flowers to accompany it. Then it won’t be so lonely.


Just beyond it stands our poor Crab Apple Tree. Just this spring, it presented us with beautiful pink blooms that numbered in the hundreds to thousands. But this year hasn’t been as kind to our poor tree. It has lost two major branches to storms. But thankfully it has held a beautiful shape and hopefully will take no more hits from the weather.20130825_100334

Yes, today is going to be a beautiful day!

Wish you were here!

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Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Belle Grove History, Darnell History | 19 Comments »

19 Comments on “Sunday Morning on the Plantation”

  1. seniorhiker Says:

    Your grounds (and the river view) are beautiful.

  2. Thank you!

  3. I can really imagine being there

  4. John Says:

    Beautiful grounds, so stately. You have done well!

  5. Thank you!

  6. Vikki Barnette Says:

    I recognize those roses in that bed 🙂 So happy everything is growing and looks good.

  7. I knew you would. I wanted you all to see it!

  8. Terry Says:

    to just walk the outside of the property would be like living in a different world in itself

  9. Yes it is. We need to get you here some how!

  10. Jenny Says:

    What a glorious property!! Beautiful work.

  11. Thank you!

  12. would love to sit with a cup of coffee and look at the beauty of this plantation. thanks for the post, it was lovely. DAF

  13. Thank you!

  14. ohiocook Says:


  15. Thank you!

  16. gardeniahung Says:

    Sunday Blessings For You and The Belle Grove Plantation!

  17. Thank you!

  18. You’re trying to make me want to visit Virginia again, aren’t you? 😉

  19. Absolutely! I tell you September 15th is a good day to come! The Madison’s will be back for a second visit! We are having a special VIP Dinner and Salon for them! You don’t want to miss this couple!