Chanticleer Garden, in Wayne PA, is a very special place. You already saw one enchanting corner of it the other day, here. The sprawling grounds are gorgeously landscaped and studded everywhere with sweeps of jewel-like flowers. Everywhere is beauty, everywhere is an invitation to escape into Nature at her most gracious and civilized. Here are some glimpses of what awaits, with more to follow later in the week.
A short walk from the entrance, and we reach the gateway to the house, a classic French chateau. Chanticleer means the rooster in French, and this Chanticleer is the first of many to welcome us. He stands on cock-a-doodle tiptoe! (These magnificent rose-like flowers are tree peonies, which we are lucky to see during their brief blooming.)
Does the chateau seem so formal and elegant that it tell us to “keep off”? Think again:
They knew we were coming, and they’ve prepared these inviting blue chairs for us to sit in and rest a while —
(Rest up, but quickly: soon we’ll be setting off on our exploration.)