Friends, this past weekend I stepped into a Jane Austin novel. Right out of Northern Virginia and into England.We went to visit Morven Park Mansion and Grounds in Leesburg, VA (http://www.morvenpark.org/gardens.php). It is the former home of the Govenor of Virginia (two of them, actually): Thomas Swann in the 19th century (the previous house was called Swann's Castle - artistic rendering on the site) and Westmoreland Davis in the early 1900s. It was so beautiful. We weren't able to go until later in the day, so we missed the tours, but it was lovely just walking around the property. We had the grounds completely to ourselves. There is the residence to tour, along with a carriage museum and civil war encampment.
My favorite place was the boxwood gardens. Oh, my. The paths were lined by these beautiful boxwood bushes. I totally expected to see Mr Darcy come moseying out from behind one of them (yes, I did look around the corners a couple times to see if he was hiding from me. I could totally take Lizzie out...but I like her, so I hope he's with Caroline Bingley. She's going down! Sorry, I also love Pride and Prejudice.)
Oh, and the magnolia trees! I . WANT . ONE! I knew their flowers were huge (and beautiful), but I never knew how intoxicating their scent was. I . WANT . ONE . ! Seriously, like fully matured and blooming in my yard RIGHT NOW. I am in love and not patient.