NC State Capital Tree lighting and Govenor Mansion

Each December the governor lights the State Christmas tree in the Capital grounds and the Governor Mansion is open to view the Christmas decoration.

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The NC Capital is open, too.

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Fayetteville Street which runs from the NC Capital to The Center for Performing Art is decorated, too!

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Each room in The Capital has a theme.

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They grounds were decorated, too.

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The PNC Tower is lite for the season, as well.

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Not long now… And almost a new year!

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JC Raulston Aboretum Poinsettia Show and Haywood Hall Christmas Open House and The Boylan ArtWalk

JC Raulston Aboretum Poinsettia Show

Each Christmas season poinsettia breeders have a chance to show off their work with poinsettias!

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Unique colors or leaves.

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I love these with a bronze tone:

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And tree forms:

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And the poinsettia Christmas tree!

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Haywood Hall Christmas Open House

Haywood Hall is the only original Raleigh House on its original plot. I love the symmetry of the house.

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The bedrooms

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I love this bed.

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The fireplaces.

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The Christmas Tree

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The kitchen building

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The Boylan neighborhood ArtWalk

The Boylan neighborhood was created in 1907 when the Boylan family sold the family farm to land developer. The original house, Mumford Hall, sits on its original location. The first weekend of December the homeowners open their porches to artist.

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The neighborhood is close to downtown Raleigh.

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A great event to cap off a busy day!

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Of course, I made homemade chicken salad sandwiches on English muffins to keep our energy up on a chilly day walking around the neighborhood!

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It was a busy day!

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Fall clean up and finding things in the garden!

The first frost really forces you to get going on cleaning up the garden! The big leaves of the paulownia cover the patio. They actual decompose very quickly but because of their size they seem a mess!

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The flowering gingers and other herbaceous perennials all become mushy so the best tool to cut the stems are kitchen shears!

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The sad looking beds of flowering gingers …

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Become piles of mushy stems.

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And don’t you love it when you find garden tools which had disappeared earlier in the season?

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I wondered what happened to those? I was beginning to think I was having a senior moment and had sent them off for recycling!

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