Then we drove on into Philly for a visit with Matthew and Sharon. Of course we started with dinner! At the Local 44 Beer Bar.
And I should mention that before we were off the tavern we make a quick stop at the cemetery to water Sharon's "farm".
But back to the BAR:
So on your next trip to Philly- you must- you really must take a "tour" of the murals. You can download a PDF map that gives clear directions on both a walking and driving tour.
And finally, I couldn't help but capture this "eatery"...(we didn't stop for lunch)!
But we did make our way to the Positano Coast. We had a really wonderful lunch- and I loved the design colors!
But what really was surprising were the gardens in Philly. John Bartram, who lived in Philly in the mid-1700's is considered the father of botany and the first Naturalist of this country. His home on the Schuyllkill River has been turned into a garden and it contains trees that were planted by John Bertram over 200 years ago. Bartram's Garden is the oldest Botanic Garden the the United States. John Bartram, a Quaker, traveled north from Lake Ontario, west from the Ohio River and south to Florida collecting more than 200 native plants for his garden. I was particulary impressed by a Yellow Wood tree that was in full bloom that was estimated to be 220 years old. It is the big broad tree in the center of the picture.
I have to say that the Yellow Wood tree is one of my favorite trees. They are fairly rare in the wild and even rarer in domestic settings, but we do have one that we planted about 12 years ago. It is just now coming into bloom in our front yard with beautiful white flowers. Below is a picture taken today of one of its blooms.
On the steps of the Bartram Home:
There was also an array of other tree and flowering shrubs including this orange azalea.