You might not realize it yet, but this is a red letter day at Winterthur. The garden blog hit 1000 posts! Hooray! Now, on to #1001.
First, my apologies for my blogerial absence. Been doing a little world and U. S. of A. traveling. Had the great good fortune of visiting Peterhof gardens outside St. Petersburg. (The ‘real’ St. Petersburg, not ‘St. Pete’ in Florida.) Gotta say, as much I enjoyed the garden of the czars, I think a combined a visit to Longwood, Winterthur, and Nemours beats Peterhof hands down. And no passport and visa required!
I hope you’ve been enjoying the weather lately. When do we ever get this low of humidity in Delaware in mid-July? So, have I got plans? Yes, I do.
Yesterday, I enjoyed lunch with former colleagues and forever friends at Winterthur, then while they went back to their offices (sorry, gang!), I strolled through the Winterthur Garden. Here are pictures from my walk. Such fun!
Crape myrtles near Dorrance Galley
Lovely container plantings surround the newly-restored Italian Gate, just past the Dorrance Gallery
This spot is just begging for you to sit a spell. On the upper terrace, above the Reflecting Pool.
The Box Scroll Garden
The Magnolias of the Sundial Garden
Sundial Garden, looking towards Sycamore Hill, with Dawn Redwood in left background
View across the back ponds with restored weirs below the Quarry Garden
Plum-leaf Azalea near Quarry Garden
A beautiful day lily near Reflecting Pool bath house.
A very happy bee lives here…agapanthus in containers around the Reflecting Pool
Red maples in containers by Brown Horticulture Center
And today? An afternoon hike through the shade at Mt. Cuba Center, then we’re meeting friends at Longwood Gardens to see the Nightscape exhibition plus dinner at their Victory Beer Garden. (I was torn…Winterthur is having a Pop-up Beer Garden tonight too…so many great choices!)
Main observations on my walk at Winterthur yesterday:
* lots and lots of families with children were thoroughly enjoying the garden on a most beautiful day. Heard squeals of delight across the landscape.
* the garden suffered tremendous tree losses during a recent storm, but the garden department has done a yeoman’s job of cleaning everything up. You might know how much I love trees, so seeing the remaining damage was hard on my heart. (I should look it up…what exactly does a yeoman do?)
* if you look just above the Quarry Garden and below Enchanted Woods, you find an azalea is full bloom. It’s a cheery orange-red plum-leaf azalea. Blooms in mid-summer every year!
* when I picture the garden of Eden, the lower March Bank walk, with all the ferns comes to mind…with clothes on, of course.
* I’m really lucky to live close enough to walk here whenever the mood (and good weather) strike!