Friends of mine invited me to join them today on an excursion to a nearby arboretum to see the camellias in bloom. Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay is the site of a large mansion named Coe Hall and the beautiful grounds surrounding it. I have visited many times throughout my life, but I always look forward to returning.
We were not disappointed. Although it was supposed to be a rainy day, the sun began to appear as we set off on our adventure. When we arrived we were the only car in the parking lot. The forecast of rain had probably scared of most potential visitors. With big grins we agreed we realized we had the place almost to ourselves.
The camellias were in full bloom in the greenhouse. We walked up and down the aisles noting the uniqueness of the blossoms on each of the camellia bushes.
The variety was lovely; some were fuschia,
others more of a deep rose,
and still others were of such a pale pink their petals seemed to be blushing.
Like many botanical gardens I have visited, this one has beautiful touches such as a lovely fountain,
lovely benches to sit upon while gazing at the plants and blooms and fountains made of pottery into which raindrops appear to be falling.
The architecture and layout of this greenhouse is very appealing and invites the eye to wander down rows of blooms.
Up, down, all around…we were surrounded by greenery and exquisite blooms everywhere we turned.
We left feeling completely uplifted and satiated by the beauty, color and exquisite varieties of plants we had seen. We agreed how lucky we were to have such a special place all to ourselves on a late winter day.