The last several days have brought everywhere I look—in print, on Facebook, and elsewhere on the Internet—a torrent of images of the destruction wreaked by Nature. I offer this photo, which I took last week while on vacation in the Brandywine Valley, as a sort of visual balm for those left hurting by Hurricane Sandy. I snapped this shot of a Chenille plant, a flowering shrub originally from Oceania, at the conservatory in Longwood Gardens, once the estate of Pierre du Pont, now an eye-popping, heart-lifting horticultural showcase, in Kennett Square, Penn. If you haven’t seen this yet, I hope you do so—and soon.
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