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Autumn Hike at Graveyard Fields

Autumn in the North Carolina mountains is usually a glorious time of blazing color.  Some Autumn color would fit right in with the Autumn Jubilee event this year, reminding us that with the quilt along, sew along, stitch along, new recipes and projects, there should be a day to just enjoy the season.  So today, we take a breath.  This year the colors are a bit late and somewhat muted because of the warmth we’ve had over the month of September and October.  It has only now been cold enough at night to stop chlorophyll production in the leaves and let the natural sugar colors begin to show.  At our house, there is still green everywhere.   This past weekend, we wanted to show some autumn color to our out-of-town guests, so we needed to go to a higher elevation.  They enjoy hiking, so we decided to get a very early start and go to Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Graveyard Fields got its name from the mounds of rotting tree stumps that formed there hundreds of years ago from some kind of wind event.  The mounds looked like tombstones.  Later, in 1925, a fire destroyed the area trees and the mounds along with them, so there isn’t any hint of this today.  Part of the area did get affected by the wildfires from last winter that took 3-4 months to fully extinguish.  Another factor this year is the wind blowing the leaves off the trees too soon, from the hurricanes Irma and Nate that made their way across the area. Many trees have been stripped of their leaves before they could turn color.

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But, no matter, there is still some color and the hiking is good. The trailhead at Graveyard Fields has two starting points off the parking area. Last time we went, we took the Lower Falls route, so this time we decided to go to the Upper Falls. The hike was 3 miles round trip.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Along the way we did see some pretty colors here and there. This should have been the peak weekend for color at this elevation.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Some parts of the trail have arbors of rhododendrons.  These will be covered in flowers in springtime.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Reaching Upper Falls, we stopped to rest and enjoy the view.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

There is something so relaxing about the sound of the water and the beauty of the area.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Breathtaking and unspoiled.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Rock formations like these are quite prevalent all over western North Carolina along the waterways.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

So serene.  There is time to stop, observe, and breathe.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

A solitary orange leaf sits on the rock above while the water gently flows below.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Hiking back out we took another trail out, and some of the marshier areas in the lower part of the hike had walkways. These were nice, as a lot of the trail was muddy.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Coming back to the parking area, one last look at the view covering the trail.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

A turning maple with the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance.

Hiking Graveyard Fields NC at From My Carolina Home

Next time we will get back to Autumn Jubilee with continuation of the quilt along, more giveaways, and more fun.  I have more projects coming up, and another Autumn tablescape.  I am currently working on two more quilts, a couple of DIY projects, and more recipes.  I am making another tomato pie later this week, as I still don’t have that one set to my satisfaction.

Is there color where you are?

PS – Tomorrow is the last day to enter the Aurifil Threads Giveaway drawing, and some really great prizes are coming up in the next posts for even more goodies!!

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Museum of Natural Science North Carolina

There was so much to see at the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, that I had to go to two posts.  Today will concentrate on the North Carolina specific exhibits.  Like the history section moving from earliest prehistory to more recent history, the North Carolina ecosystem exhibits moved across the state from the mountains to the sea.

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The Western area is called the Mountain Cove Forest.  The Highlands area has the distinction of having the most rainfall of any area in the east, with an average of 80 inches a year.

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Full size dioramas depict the key features of the region. Mountains, forests, natural flora and fauna were represented. The forests of western North Carolina are thought to be among the oldest in the US, and North Carolina has the most peaks east of the Mississippi at 43 taller than 6000 ft, and many more under 6000 like ours.

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Waterfalls and birds seen from the balcony above the Mountain Cove diorama.

Museum of Natural Science Raleigh at From My Carolina Home

Our region also has Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the east, and Whitewater Falls, the tallest waterfall in the east.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

The Piedmont area of forests and plains was represented with additional dioramas.

Museum of Natural Science Raleigh at From My Carolina Home

Between the Piedmont and the Mountain cove forests, there are more species of fungi in NC than any other state.  Animals found in the areas are part of the scenes, like the fox seen here.

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The Coastal region of NC contains the New River, in a quirky twist of naming, as it is thought to be the oldest river in eastern North America. The coastal region also has the oldest trees known in eastern North America, a stand of Bald Cypress dated at 1700 years old!

Museum of Natural Science Raleigh at From My Carolina Home

This is a Megatooth shark’s jaw bones with teeth, the ancestor of the modern Great White.

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Real aquariums contain native fish and corals.  The blue whale bones from yesterday’s post were above this area.

Museum of Natural Science Raleigh at From My Carolina Home

Underground North Carolina was a neat exhibit, with a rocky entrance dimly lit with display cases to give visitors the feeling of being inside a cave.

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North Carolina is the only state where all four major gemstones have been found – emeralds, diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

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The largest emerald found in North America was found in North Carolina. Emeralds are beryl stones colored by chromium.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

More gems found underground in North Carolina.  Lots of amethysts are found here.

Museum of Natural Science Raleigh at From My Carolina Home

Interactive exhibits invite the visitor to turn the displays for more information on North Carolina ecology.

Museum of Natural Science Raleigh at From My Carolina Home

On the floor was a map of North Carolina created in marble and granite, showing the prevalence of each across the state.

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Then in the Natural Treasures exhibit, glass cases depict the rich diversity of flora and fauna in our state.  Here is the state bird, the cardinal, on our state flower, the dogwood.

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We spent the entire day there, and still didn’t see all there was to see.  The museum is free to the public, and well worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh

On a recent trip to Raleigh over a weekend, DH and I spent an entire Sunday at the Museum of Natural Science downtown.  Sunday was a great day to go, parking was easy, traffic was low, and the cafe was open before the Museum so we could have lunch before the visit. Two multi-story buildings connected by a sky bridge contain more than you can see in a day.  The world globe was three stories tall!

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Starting off on the first floor coming out from the Daily Planet Cafe, the first thing you see is the giant Right whale skeleton. There was so much to learn about whale migration, the study of their life habits, and how this study contributes to the efforts to make our impact on them less dire. This whale was one that researchers had been following, and she died from massive trauma to her head, indicating she was struck by a ship. The researchers had documented her dozens of times and the loss felt personal to them.

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Especially sad was that she was pregnant at the time of her death, the fetal skeleton seen in the exhibit in the position it would be in her body.  It takes almost a year for gestation and females only bear one calf every three years.  There are only a few hundred Right whales left in the world, so figuring out how not to kill them is important.  Their migration courses and our shipping lanes follow the same ocean routes. By analyzing data on whale migration routes, shipping lanes and ship speed, it was found that ship speed makes a difference. Slowing the ships down successfully dropped the collision death rate with Right whales to zero the next year!

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It was interesting to see a T Rex skeleton, although this one is a replica.  This would have been a juvenile in size. In studying the bones, scientists have changed their view of how it walked. Where they used to believe that the dinosaur dragged its tail, they now believe that it held the tail high like a bird, balancing the front in a more forward leaning posture.  Did you know that scientists now think that most dinosaurs had feathers, or quill like coverings rather than scales?  A find in 2016 of a dinosaur tail covered in feathers and preserved in amber confirmed the theory.

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It is generally believed that our modern birds evolved from dinosaurs, interesting!!

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

There is a working laboratory for fossil study right there on the premises, and you can watch them working during the week.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

Also in that area, an exhibit of skulls with cards telling the observer the type and relative age, both human and ape.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

This strange exhibit caught my attention as it depicts the relative size differences between several bacteria and viruses. It was one of many interactive exhibits dealing with physical biology of humans.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

Overhead was a huge depiction of DNA, with many exhibits to read and see. One thing that made it so interesting was the level of writing, not too simple, not too complex, just drew you in with interesting facts presented in a compelling way.

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Then, the exhibits moved into space, with fascinating exhibits of galactic study, so much to learn!!  Fascinating exhibits on radio waves in space, water on distant moons, the character of light coming across our galaxy, billions of stars with orbiting planets, it just boggles the mind.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

This is also a working laboratory, studying the moon, asteroids and meteors.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

Walking across the sky bridge, we crossed over to the second building. We hadn’t seen everything in the first one, yet, but I wanted to be sure to see the T Rex skull they had so we went to look for it. The sky bridge was on the third floor, and we could see the upper part of the globe there.  Walking across the bridge, you went forward in time from the earliest prehistoric time to more recent recorded history.

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If you enjoy non-fiction, here’s a book on the legal fight over the T Rex skeleton found in 1990 in South Dakota called Sue.  Found by a paleontologist, fought over between factions of the Native American Sioux Tribe, universities, corporate interests, museums, scientists and the federal government, Sue was the subject of a legal battle then an international auction. One of the placards talked about this, and I have seen a television show on it.  The book looks really interesting, reading a bit on the preview at Amazon, (Affiliate link) it might make a fun gift for the budding scientist, legal thriller fan or the history buff.

Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of Largest, Most Fought Over T. Rex Ever Found

Another huge exhibit in this building was on the seas, and the Blue Whale. This is the view of the smaller skeleton from above on the third floor.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

And the same skeleton from the second floor.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

Trying to give you the sense of the huge scale of these bones, here’s the view of the larger one from the first floor, with the smaller one seen behind it. It was interesting to read that the darker color on the skull portion is due to it still having the oil in the bone. Once considered valuable, the Blue whale was almost hunted to extinction for its oil.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

An atrium contained a battle scene of dinosaurs, with a huge brontosaurus.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

and a large Acrocanthosaurus skeleton.  The placard next to it says, “don’t call it a TRex”.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

This skeleton is very rare, the only one of its kind this complete on display in the world.  Due to the continued deterioration of the bones from to exposure to air, most of it has been replaced with casts on the display, with the bones taken to controlled storage.  The mounted skull is a cast, with the real one under glass below.  Its skull looks a lot like the T Rex, but it lived 45 million years before T Rex.  Originally the skull was found flattened, but painstaking restoration included taking the bones apart and reassembling them in the proper place and took a year to complete.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

Overhead, flying pterosaurs circle on a rotating arm.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

When we found the next exhibit on fossils, I thought we were close.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

Here’s the T Rex skull, I think it is a cast replica.  I never did figure out how the paleontologists tell the difference between T Rex and Acro.

Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh, NC at From My Carolina Home

As is usual, I took more pictures than is reasonable to show. Tomorrow I’ll show you more of the museum, dedicated to North Carolina’s ecosystem and history. It was fascinating too!

Do you have a wonderful science museum near you?

 

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Blueberry Competition at the Mountain State Fair

The last competition I entered at the Mountain Regional State Fair was a Blueberry recipe competition sponsored by the NC Blueberry Council.  The rules for this competition were a bit different, as the focus was on the health benefits of blueberries, not their use in sweets.  In fact, for scoring purposes, healthy was 50% of the total, with ease of preparation 25% and taste 25%.  In addition, at least one cup of the blueberries had to be used unprocessed, and not part of a mix ingredient.  To me that meant using the whole berries, just washed and added to the dish.  So, I went with a Spinach Salad. The recipe was tested on my friends at a Summer Luncheon with a basic Blueberry Vinaigrette.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

I knew the blueberries had to be the main taste, and I still wanted to use a Blueberry Vinaigrette, but for the competition, an ordinary one would not do.  It needed to have some special punch, so what could I use?  Something that would pair well with blueberries but be a surprise. If only I had something fresh….

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something flavorful, from the garden perhaps…

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Fresh basil and parsley!

Blueberry Competition at From My Carolina Home

The salad was simply constructed with fresh spinach, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped green onion, fresh blueberries, grated Parmesan cheese and for a bit of crunch, crispy bacon crumbles.  Everything tastes better with bacon.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

Stepping out to the veranda, I cut several basil leaves, and also grabbed some of the fresh parsley.  I chopped the basil and parsley, and added them to the oil and balsamic vinegar, along with the spices.  The blueberry flavor was added by using blueberry pancake syrup.  The syrup acted like an emulsifier, keeping the dressing from immediately separating and blending the flavors.  It also added a bit of sweetness to the dressing.  Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette was created.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

I constructed the competition salads individually so I could compose each serving, ensuring that each one had the right balance of elements.  I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the presentation as I thought it was quite pretty.  I froze water in the bottom of a circular tray, put fresh parsley around the ring, then placed the five servings of salad on top.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

The salads were very lightly dressed, and additional dressing was put in the middle of the tray for judges to have more if they wanted.  And they did, as it came back with a lot less in the mason jar.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

Each one was covered with plastic wrap, and a fork was placed on the top.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

Turned in to the judging, mine is on the left of the picture in the front. There were 23 entries in this contest, so very stiff competition.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

And I couldn’t get any more pictures, as I was absolutely blown away as my name was called first as the Third Place winner!! I got this one when I got home of the ribbon.  There were photographers there, and I have no idea where they were from.  Perhaps local newspapers, but so far I haven’t been able find a report anywhere.  The fair doesn’t put winners on its website, so I know that wasn’t it.  It was a swirl of people wanting pictures of me and the other winners, asking about the recipes, and congratulations from the other contestants.  For several minutes I could only stand in one place with a big grin on my face.  It was thrilling.

Blueberry Competiton at From My Carolina Home

No, the Blueberry Council didn’t have any aprons, LOL, but I had been hoping.  Here’s my recipe.

Blueberry Bacon Spinach Salad with Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette

1 package (8 oz) fresh spinach, trimmed
4 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or cherry tomatoes)
4 oz fresh grated Parmesan cheese
8 green onions chopped
1 pint fresh North Carolina blueberries
Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette (recipe below)

Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette
3/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons blueberry syrup
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Combine all ingredients for dressing in a small jar, cover and shake very well.
Combine salad ingredients in a bowl, and dress lightly with Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette. Toss. Serves 4.

Download the pdf – Blueberry Salad Vinaigrette

Enjoy!

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More Fun at the Fair

Going back to the the Expo Building at the State Fair while the judges tasted the offerings in the cooking competition, I wanted to search out the two quilts I hadn’t found on my previous visit, and get some better pictures.   Be My Carolina Neighbor was hanging with its second place ribbon.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Scrap Dance Two Step in black was entered into the wall hanging category and won a third place.

NC Mountain State Fair at From My Carolina Home

I was really thrilled to find that the pumpkin and leaf quilted table topper from last year’s Autumn Jubilee won a first place as well as a Judge’s Choice ribbon in the crafts division table linens category!! In the interest of full disclosure, almost half of my entries did not win anything. Competition is pretty fierce, and that makes the ribbons won even more special.

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I wanted to show you this extraordinary quilt.  It won Best of Show, a gorgeous fan quilt pieced and hand quilted by Willoree Risley.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a close up of her outstanding work, ghosted fans that complete over four block in a Baptist Fan design with extra embellishment. This must have taken months to complete, something I just cannot do.  Unbelievably intricate and outstanding work!  Congratulations, Willoree, on a stunning quilt.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

I also want to let the quilter readers know, the Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts.  Click on Fat Quarter Shop, hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts.  While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.

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In the photography category, one of my photos got a third place ribbon in the category of State Fair photos. Amazingly, this one was a last minute substitution for one I decided wasn’t that interesting. Good decision, wasn’t it!!

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In the clothing category, my Jelly Roll Market Bag won a third place.  This is a free pattern I did for Moda, and is available for download at the Bake Shop.   Click on the sidebar link to get the pattern.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

There were more things to see and do every time we went. A street entertainer was playing a one-man band, with an assistant pulling his speakers behind. The Chicken and Waffle vendor is right behind him, and yes I did have one the first trip to the fair.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Davis building where the cooking competitions are held has all kinds of exhibits and vendors. The one on the dinosaurs was really impressive with animated figures.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

One last ribbon, this Moda project pillow won a second place in the Holiday Decorations category. I’ll show you how I embellished last year’s project when it gets a bit closer to the holidays.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Next time I’ll show you the first cooking competition, and share the recipe.  What are you working on now?


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Fun at the Mountain Regional State Fair

With the prospect of Irma coming into the mountains, my friend and I decided to hit the fair on opening day rather than wait until Monday as was our original plan.  The forecast on Thursday night was for Irma to end up here with an 80% chance of rain all day increasing to 100% later in the day.  Of course that changed over the weekend, but we didn’t know that then.  So, after working the book sale for a couple of hours on Friday, I picked up my friend in Arden and we headed out to the fairgrounds.  Traffic was incredible going north, as lots of Florida and South Carolina license plates were on the freeway.  I made the mistake of trying to use the freeway to get from Upward Road south of town to the Fletcher exit, but quickly exited off at the next one to take the back roads I know trying to avoid the main traffic.  But the main street through the towns, state road 25, was also very heavy going north.  We made it by avoiding that road as well, taking a lesser traveled even more back road, LOL!!  First thing I did was to get a corn dog, then we went to see all there was to see.  I found three of my quilts entered into competition had won ribbons, and I was so thrilled!!  One was the Be My Carolina Neighbor, but the picture didn’t come out.  I’ll get another picture later next week. In the meantime here are the others.  Scrap Dance Waltz, my original pattern, won a second place ribbon in pieced bed quilts.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Magnolia Attic Windows won a second place too. That pattern is free on the blog, a nice idea for using large scale prints.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We had some fun watching the pig races. They are designated with color ribbons around their necks, and have names that are fun take-offs of race car drivers. Loaded into the gates, the outer plywood is lifted and they are off to run around the short chute track.

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Down and around the last turn…

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

first one to the end gets the cheese treats, everybody else gets kibble.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Then the show has races with goats.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

And then the ducks race, so funny to watch.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Lastly, the little potbelly pigs raced. I like this picture and may enter it next year in the photo contest.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

We looked around at the Davis center, and saw an acrobat show.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Then went to the livestock area to see the animals.  These are just a couple of the pictures I took.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

Out in the arena, we saw a neat horse riding show by the Freedom Riders, carrying flags of our country and our state, and all the military service flags along with a few others I didn’t recognize. The riders did some intricate moves around each other with the flags flying, quite the spectacle.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

In the crafts competition, my Swing Bag won a first place!

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The Patriotic version of Scrap Dance Tango won a second place in table toppers.

NC Mountain State Fair 2017 at From My Carolina Home

The first of two cooking competitions I have entered is coming up on Tuesday, so I’ll at the fair again.  This will be my first time to compete in a cooking contest. I have at least two more ribbons to share for other entries, but the photos came out so bad that I have to go take more pictures. So, I’ll share those with you later in the week.  The temperature turned markedly cooler here too, and I am really in the mood for autumn now!

Are you ready for fall?

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A Visit to the Kentucky Arboretum

I finally have a day to post the last of my visit to Lexington, Kentucky.  The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky is located on the University of Kentucky campus Arboretum and is open on weekdays.  It has a 2-mile paved walking path that I enjoyed early one morning to try to avoid the heat of the day.

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The Arboretum has eight regions representing the different ecological areas of Kentucky including Appalachian Plateau, Bluegrass, mountain and wetlands areas, with woods containing 70 different varieties of oak trees.  This map shows just one of the garden areas, this one dedicated to the home garden.

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Here and there are lovely fountains and sculptures.

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I didn’t see what kind of flower this one was, but you know I love white flowers.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This was part of the home demonstration area too, showing container gardening and bed planting.

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The Knot Garden has plantings to appear like knots.  What a fun idea for a circular bed.

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Beautiful purple flowers were attracting the pollinators.

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Several areas have benches and peaceful views to relax, like this little pond with fish and a babbling stream.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Hibiscus flowers were in full bloom in several colors.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Out on the paved section around the back side, there were a number of unpaved paths taking short strolls to get closer views of the oak trees and other trees.

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Wildlife was taking advantage of the warm day, like this little rabbit nibbling on the grass.

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Cottage roses, grasses and lavendar in the back made for a sweet fragrant walk in this garden.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This sculpture was really captivating.  It was a memorial sculpture for Comair Flight #5191 victims, where 49 people were killed in August 2006 when their plane crashed on take off at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. (Thank you, Ramona for the correction.)  The birds seem to be in full flight, and turning.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Walking around the sculpture, the view changed with each step.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

White hibiscus bloomed along a stone wall.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Wetlands near the back corner of the property had a raised walkway with displays to tell the visitor about the region and the plants. The ecological impact of wetlands is important to the planet and there was much to see here.

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Interesting colors in foliage set off more greenery and hydrangeas, as I made my way back toward the entrance.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Stunning pink color on these hydrangeas!

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This area is plant testing for garden centers, I’ll bet some of these varieties make it into most home gardens.  I know I recognized some marigolds, petunias and impatiens that I have had before.

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Candy striped petunias are being tested for future seed offerings.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Pink and orange varieties  of zinnias are blooming well.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Canna Orange Shade is a such vibrant color!  Looks like fall doesn’t it?

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

The Arboretum has the Stout Daylily Collection, an entire garden of award winning daylilies covering years.  The Stout Silver Medal is the highest award given to the daylily hybrid, and only one award is given each year.  The exhibit includes winners going back to 1950, with about half of the winning cultivars represented.  The Arboretum is looking for the years they are missing.

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This lovely purple and yellow striped one was blooming profusely.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This is the first double bloom daylily I have ever seen.  I don’t know what its name was.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Pollinators like this tiny butterfly were having a field day with all the blooms.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

This one was interesting in the shape of the petals and the variegated color.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

More places to sit and enjoy the day were on the path near the visitor center.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

Red calibrachoa near the entrance, I had to get one last shot before leaving the arboretum.

Kentucky Arboretum, Lexington at From My Carolina Home

It was a lovely morning, but by the time I finished the two mile hike, the temperature and humidity were climbing.  So, off to get some cold water and a shower before hitting the bookstores and quilt shops I showed you last month.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

How’s your garden now?