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The advantage of living near an historic garden is the opportunity to stroll when winter requires a dose of inspiration.

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is my neighboring national treasure and the following photographs reveal how gardens shift this February. Always moved while walking the little mountain, this visit was especially rewarding—perhaps you too will feel the season’s draw. Roll your mouse over the images for further information…

one view of Jefferson’s vegetable garden during late winter

the arbor stands tall in Jefferson’s vegetable garden…true inspiration for modern gardeners

Jefferson’s favorite place to ponder

Daffodils persist for decades, perhaps centuries at Monticello

the long view at Monticello vegetable garden

the quiet of late winter in the garden

Rough but ready are the rosemary plants on the little mountain

a bit of a lean on the mountain…fooling the eye

the grand view looking over the grape vines at Monticello. Jefferson failed to produce wine from his own grapes during his lifetime. How happy he would be to see later success.

Steps leading out of the veggie garden at Monticello

As I upload my images, from the open window, I hear the clear trills of the resident mockingbird who rejoices in the 72 degree temperatures today. Thomas Jefferson is reputed to have kept mockingbirds as pets at Monticello—a fine tribute to today’s blog.

Mary Mockingbird perched in my gardens. Mr. Jefferson kept a mockingbird as a pet and named it Dick.

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