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George Washington’s View of the Potomac & Gardens

A few weeks ago J & I finally visited Mount Vernon. The grounds are beautiful & it was very interesting to see some of his experiments. One the concept of “fenceless animal pens.” Since fences are costly, financially & timely, to maintain, he tried digging very large ditches to prevent livestock from wondering. In the end though it failed & the animals simply got hurt/stuck in the ditch & he went back to fences. But hey, he gave it a shot.
The top photo is a view from his back porch of the Potomac. Really nice. Very serene.
Here’s also a picture of his garden, inspired by the classical Engligh gardens. Symmetrical while creative. The design here would work fabulous as a quilting pattern.

We didn’t go into the mansion though, the line was long & not moving, & it was too beautiful of a day to be inside with other tourists. So we simply roamed around the estate. It was a wonderful relaxing day & made me eager to have a house where I can garden.
So now my thoughts are going to what to plant in our new house. I like the idea of using native plants- it works easier with the soil & overall maintenance. (I never understood those people in Texas who wanted a green lawn in August. It’s Texas! & for most of my life I swear they were in a drought!) But I’m not sure what native Nebraskan plants would be. Grass? Whatever we choose they need to be wind resistant though. The current owners planted some hoseas & by the time we got to the inspection the wind had essentially destroyed them. What fun adventures ahead of us!


We are at the weekend! Finally! It’s been a LONG week. But tonight we are going to have dinner at Mount Vernon & then tomorrow we’re going to the Cherry Blossom Festival on the Mall! Then Sunday we might go to Annapolis. Whew!

I do have some knitting goals though:
1. I want to finish the 1st pink skein on the granny square baby blanket
2. Sew on the cute buttons on the fake Baby Suprise Jacket
3. Finish charting the lace for the Onerva shawl.