A Trio of Tulips…and Some Tea

3 May

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to go on the White House’s Spring Garden Tour with a good friend. There were tulips everywhere, but these striking red ones caught my eye, probably because they were past the first flush of youth yet managed to look so elegant in their decay. I won’t dwell on the philosophical ramifications of that–but I will dub them ‘Norma Desmond’ tulips since I don’t know what type they actually are.

 

Aside from tulips , there are commemorative trees throughout the gardens, planted by various presidents and first ladies. The oldest are two huge Southern Magnolias that have been flanking the South Portico of the White House since 1830, when Andrew Jackson planted them (see glimpses of both trees, plus some wisteria, below):

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The Rose Garden adjacent to the West Wing was in view, but was off limits–we were able to get a bit closer to Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden:

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And of course, there is the spectacular view from the White House of the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.

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Could the day get any better? Why yes, it could. Because the Willard Hotel, renown for its afternoon tea, is right around the corner, and they seated us despite our not having any reservations. The Willard’s ‘Peacock Alley’ afternoon tea venue is below:

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And here is the sandwich part of our tea–a very small part of the overall meal, which also included two kinds of scones, four types of pastries, and chocolate mousse. And a pot of tea.

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Flowers, tea, and friendship. A great day all around.

2 Responses to “A Trio of Tulips…and Some Tea”

  1. The Frustrated Gardener May 4, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    Sounds super, and I adore your tulip pictures – Norma Desmond would be a great name for a tulip.

  2. queenanndee July 3, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    What a lucky treat for you to be able to see that White House gardens! Glad you did that and that you shared it on your blog. That is really special. Thanks.

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