Gardens, Herbs, and Peacocks

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The house

One of my coworkers told me about Kingwood Center’s yearly herb sale.  I have a large herb garden already but am always looking to expand.  So, at 8:15 a.m., Dan and I headed for Mansfield.

It’s relatively easy to find, but we didn’t know that.  Thanks to Liz and Jack (Dan’s Mom and Step-Dad) we found the place.  It was absolutely beautiful.  We headed straight for the sale.  I picked up arugula, watercress, thyme, basil, lavender, and a few other interesting herbs.  After walking them to the car, we walked around a bit.

The 40-some acres are just beautiful.  The house is also extremely pretty.  You are only allowed in one small part of the residence, but you can get a good idea.

all puffed up
  The greenhouses were also very beautiful.  I could spend an entire afternoon walking around the well-landscaped gardens.  All the flowers are labeled.  I fed the ducks in the small pond by the truck.

The real highlight was the peacocks.  I’m attempting my first YouTube video and adding it here.  You can see this one peacock who was trying pretty hard to find himself a girlfriend.  He was putting on quite a show.  He first took interest in a light brown colored female, but she had nothing to do with him.  He then flounced over to a small white female, and while she showed a bit more interest, he didn’t seem like he was having a great deal of luck.  Poor guy. J

There were a few tour groups and a few couples getting engagement pictures around the grounds.  I can see why you’d want professional portraits here, everything was just beautiful.  I would like to go back on a warmer (non-rainy) summer day.

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The house
The house
all puffed up
all puffed up
The sign from Route 30 East
The sign from Route 30 East
The exit
The exit
The drive back to the center
The drive back to the center
Pretty flowers greet us
Pretty flowers greet us
Unusual flower
Unusual flower
Unusual flower
Unusual flower
Name of unusual flower
Name of unusual flower
trees in bloom
trees in bloom
Hello peacock
Hello peacock
Hes very used to people
He's very used to people
It looks as if hes posing
It looks as if he's posing
The walk to the exhibit hall
The walk to the exhibit hall
A neat way to display a tree
A neat way to display a tree
A white peacock in the distance
A white peacock in the distance
one of the walkways
one of the walkways
beautiful flowers
beautiful flowers
gardens
gardens
Thats one big hosta
That's one big hosta
The house, a peacock, and an engag…
The house, a peacock, and an enga…
Beautiful front lawn
Beautiful front lawn
The library
The library
library
library
reading room
reading room
front hall
front hall
front hall
front hall
dining room
dining room
dining room
dining room
gardens
gardens
gardens
gardens
gardens
gardens
gardens
gardens
gardens
gardens
Iris! My favorite!
Iris! My favorite!
Daylilies
Daylilies
tulips
tulips
greenhouse
greenhouse
greenhouse
greenhouse
Plants arent this big naturally i…
Plants aren't this big naturally …
Hi duck
Hi duck
Show-off
Show-off
Show-off
Show-off
nice tail
nice tail
female peahen
female peahen
beautiful white peahen
beautiful white peahen
He shows off for the ladies
He shows off for the ladies
He shows off for the ladies
He shows off for the ladies
Shes really not that impressed
She's really not that impressed
peacock
peacock
If you listen closely in this one…
Kingwood Center's peacock trying …
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