Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dusk at Colonial Williamsburg

I made an evening trek to Colonial Williamsburg earlier this week.  I was interested in seeing some of their gardens, particularly the vegetable garden across from Bruton Parish Church and also the gardens behind the Governor's Palace.  Unfortunately the Governor's Palace was closed so I wasn't able to see everything.  I still took a few pics to share, but be warned --  the quality of the pics isn't great.

Deep cold frame bed.  Looks like peas?  It's amazing how early (and late) they can grow veggies in these things. 
Late summer veggies with Bruton Parish Church in the background.
Large pomegranate trees loaded with fruit.  The orchard has 4 or 5 of these and they are about 15 feet tall.
Hanging gourds and muscadine grapes on a massive trellis/arbor.  Sometimes they dry the gourds and turn them into birdhouses.  
Small kitchen garden behind one of the historic buildings.
Fig trees that were cut to the ground about 2 years ago.  Now they are appx. 10 feet tall.
Hidden path flanked by amazing old boxwoods.
Governor's Palace.  Bummer...the best gardens locked behind the gate!  I'll have to return this fall.
Kitchen garden at the Governor's Palace.  Tiered beds prepped for fall planting. I managed to snap a few pics over the brick wall.  
A different view of the Governor's Palace kitchen garden.
You can walk for miles and miles at Colonial Williamsburg and see something new each time.  And if you wear out your shoes in the process make sure you swing by this place on the way out of town.


What Pigs Don't Know said...

I love that first picture of the deep cold frame. Great idea to add the bricks to help keep in the heat. I definitely need to try that out. -Carrie

.09 Acres said...

Those cold frames are actually dug quite deeply. The farmers would put in thick layers of horse manure in, then add a thin layer of soil. The heat generated from the composting manure would raise the temperature of the soil quite a bit. They could grow fairly warm crops in cold conditions.

What Pigs Don't Know said...

That's interesting. Looking at the picture a bit more closely I see that the top bricks actually ARE at about the level of the outside soil. So that is quite deep. Good info! -Carrie