The house in the painting could be any colonial-style house common in northern Virginia. But it is not. It is the Manor House at Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA. The entire park grounds used to belong to a plantation owner long time ago, and you know what that means in the antebellum South. It is now owned and maintained by the Fairfax Country Park Authorities; much of gardening work is done by volunteers. A nice change, don't you think? The Manor House is open to the public a few days a week for teas, gift shopping, and art shows. As a matter of fact, I have had a couple of solo shows in the building in the past. Naturally, I am quite fond of the place.
I took the picture a couple of weeks ago, when daffodils just started blooming. Right above the yellow daffodils you can see a big clump of Lenten roses, which I edited out in my painting. Beyond the house the saucer magnolias are at their peak. It is such a happy picture that I just had to paint it.