Thursday, May 27, 2010

More Sights from the Road Trip Home: Some Flowers of Newport, Rhode Island

Our second stop on our road trip from Boston to Detroit was Newport, Rhode Island, famous for the exuberant mansions many of America's richest families built there during the glittering Gilded Age of the early 20th century. However, we did not tour any of the opulent manor houses that survive and are now open to the public, partially because the tickets are quite expensive and partially because we would not have been able to decide which house to visit. Instead, we took a long walk around the town and saw some lovely flowers along the way:

 A view of the town across a bay

A sulphur-yellow double deciduous azalea (Rhododendron sp.) underplanted with pale blue blue bells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

An amazing purple azalea (Rhododendron sp.) growing next to a field stone wall

The flowers of horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

A beautiful empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa)

A closer look at the flowers of Paulownia tomentosa, this time against a sea backdrop

Stay tuned for the last stop on our trip, the Rockefellers' Hudson River Valley estate Kykuit!

1 comment:

  1. Glorious flowers! The first picture of the yellow azaleas and the bluebells is very attractive.At first I mistook the Paulownia for the Jacaranda, until I saw the last photo.
    You did a wise thing in choosing to walk round the town.


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