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Monday, August 6, 2012

Red-haired Thomas Jefferson's garden

Another installment from our motorcycle ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop in Charlottesville to visit Monticello. Whenever I go to Jefferson's home the first thing I do when I get off the bus is visit the huge garden to see how the okra planting looks, especially the gorgeous blossoms they set.  I am never disappointed.
They start with a soft red center and end up a deeper red below, with  luscious pale yellow petals. Note the ripening okra in each photo.
Here's a view of a part of Jefferson's garden facing Charlottesville. The okra grows in the bright green rows to the far right of the gardener.


To honor Thomas Jefferson's red hair, I'm linking these okra shots to Ruby Tuesday.

Happy Trails!



9 comments:

Snap said...

I have a neighbor who grows okra every year and the blooms are just beautiful. I'm thinking I should just plant them for the blooms. I did have two *messes* (as granny would have said) of okra this year -- both with tomatoes...yum!

cloudia charters said...

What a cool journey to muse on! and there pics really put us THERE. Thanks NoniZoni



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Ralph said...

I've never been a fan of okra - although being a Northerner, it is not on many menus...what is really beautiful is how the small plots are nestled between the Blue Ridge (?) mountains. Near enough to DC but a world away it seems. Nice trip and post!

J.Rye said...

So pretty! Landed here from Ruby Tuesday.


I hope you can also visit my Ruby entry, thank you.

Liz said...

It's similar to the Okra flower.

My entries:
Moms... Check nyo
Yummy-as-can-be

Daryl said...

not a lover of okra but i do admire those blossoms

Maria @ LSS said...

Beautiful blooms. Happy RT2.

Mine's here.

Composite doors said...

How nice and interesting garden because there are natural and more beautiful plant we can be enjoy it in this garden. Mostly people are very like it and enjoy it in this place.

raf said...

It's a favorite food of mine and I cook it often, but have never grown it. The blossoms are awesome too!