The fairies have been busy in Enchanted Woods!  Delight in their little village under the Upside Down Tree!

Fairy House Village in Enchanted Woods

The pictures below illustrate the steps involved with building one of the fairy houses.  All that is needed is some collected natural materials, a pair of pruners, a hot glue gun, and your imagination.  Using hot glue to attach the natural materials helps to “weather proof” the features of the house and provides moderate protection from the ramblings of garden critters.  The chipmunks in Enchanted Woods enjoy the village along with the fairies!  Once placed outdoors, other adornments (natural or otherwise) can be added to further embellish the house.  Fairy houses can certainly be built using all “loose” material as well but will be a little more ephemeral in nature.  This is a fun project for adults and kids alike!

 

Natural materials – pinecones, other cones, tree bark, twigs, monkey balls, moss

 

Chunk of wood

Bark roof and door, stick window frames

Stick window panes, pinecone awnings, cone window boxes, pinecone chimney, stick and cone light fixture

Dried moss

 

Fairy House in Enchanted Woods with other “loose” materials added to create village

The Faerie Cottage in the morning light with hostas and hydrangeas.

The Faerie Cottage in Enchanted Woods is a magical place!  The cottage is nestled in the shade of towering oak, beech, and tulip trees.  Located in the heart of our 3-acre children’s garden the cottage is loved by all.  Its stone walls, thatched roof, and mighty timbers have hosted the imaginative play of children for nearly twenty years.  It has also captured the imagination of adults who dream of having such a cottage in their own garden.  Over the years, the cottage has been embellished with different furniture arrangements, seasonal decorations, and container displays.  All together providing a whimsical experience.  The uniqueness of the cottage is charming, with many thoughtful elements “hidden” in its design.  These features may go unnoticed as children frolic and adults mill about taking photographs.  This summer take a moment to look for these “hidden” elements, old and new, and to observe the Faerie Cottage in a different way.  Discover a door to a gnome home (or is it Toad’s home?), a children’s picnic table re-imagined where fireflies roam (or fairies flutter?), and tiny creatures such as frogs, toads, and chipmunks, who live here.

The Faerie Cottage revealing the eagle sitting on its chimney.

Fairy Candles bloom next to the Faerie Cottage.

Inside the Faerie Cottage notice the concrete spheres in the wall, the sunburst over the side window, and a hidden gnome door.

The paver floor under the table patterned in the shape of an acorn and oak leaf shaped sconces above the mantel (this garden area once was part of Oak Hill).

Fireplace constructed from remnants of the estate.

 

Toad hiding in the ivy next to the fireplace.

Gnome home or Toad’s home? Photograph by Jason Zerbey.

Picnic table closeup. Is the light a firefly or fairy? Bring the kids for a visit and let them decide.

Grapevine ball and moss.

Little grapevine bird’s nest with moss ball.

The Faerie Cottage window offering a peak at the Bird’s Nest. Notice the tree branch design of the metalwork.

A few of these corner markers adorn the outside of the Faerie Cottage.

Tiny bunny spigot knob on the outside of the Faerie Cottage.

Close up of a sculpture adorning one of the outside walls. There are two of them and they are accessioned.

A beautiful embellishment on the back of the small bench near the chimney.

Architectural element in the outside wall.

Lovely detail of the “niches” on the outside of the Faerie Cottage.

 

Enjoy the magic of the Faerie Cottage!

Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) is a beautiful native shrub!  Oakleaf hydrangea grows in zones 5 to 9 (originating from Georgia to Florida to Louisiana).  It will grow in full sun to shade, and prefers moist, well-drained soil.  It has an irregular, rounded habit with a size of 4 to 10 feet or more in height.  The leaves are reminiscent of red oak (Quercus rubra), attributing to it’s common name.  The dark green foliage can have outstanding red-purple fall color.  Bark is papery and exfoliating lending additional interest.  The flowers are glorious!  Panicles of white to creamy white often mature to pink, rose, and burgundy.  The panicles consist of a mix of sterile flowers (sepals) and tiny fertile flowers, and are fragrant.  Oakleaf hydrangeas bloom on old wood so care should be taken to prune at the proper time to ensure flowers for the next year.  Pruning should be completed by mid-August.  Like with other hydrangea species there are many cultivars to choose from, with the Winterthur Garden hosting a few.  Hydrangea quercifolia (straight species) grows on average 6 to 8 feet tall.  Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alice’ is a large cultivar (10-14 feet tall) with flowers that age reliably to pink and burgundy and offers good fall color as well.  Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sike’s Dwarf’ and Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’ are two smaller cultivars (in size, 3-5 feet, and flower).  Oakleaf hydrangeas can be found growing near the museum, near Magnolia Bend, and in Enchanted Woods.

Oakleaf hydrangea leaf and panicle

Oakleaf hydrangea flowers bloom above the foliage

Oakleaf hydrangea flowers beginning to age to pink and burgundy

Oakleaf hydrangeas near Magnolia Bend

Oakleaf hydrangeas near the Tulip Tree House in Enchanted Woods

Oakleaf hydrangeas in the foreground with Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ across the path in Enchanted Woods

Oakleaf hydrangeas on the left and Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ on the right in Enchanted Woods

Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ around the Maypole in Enchanted Woods with Oakleaf hydrangeas in the far background

 

 

 

Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf Hydrangea) and Hydrangea serrata (Mountain Hydrangea) offer a multitude of different cultivars with lacecap and mophead flowers in shades of blue, pink, white, purple, and red.  Both are deciduous shrubs that prefer partial shade and moist, well drained soil.  If grown in full sun, H. macrophylla has a tendency for the foliage to appear limp or “wilted” during the hotter part of the day.  In my experience, H. serrata appears to tolerate more sun without the foliage looking limp.  H. macrophylla prefers to grow in zones 6 to 9, while H. serrata is slightly more cold tolerant growing in zones 5 to 7.  The species are very similar but overall H. serrata tends to be a smaller more compact shrub with smaller flowers and leaves than H. macrophylla.  In fact, the leaves may be the easiest way to determine the two species apart as H. macrophylla leaves are bigger (hence the common name Bigleaf Hydrangea), cabbage like, and more coarsely toothed.  Depending on the cultivar of either species, plants are 2 to 8 feet tall with an equal spread.

Soil pH affects the flower color of both species.  In acidic soil (pH below 7) flowers tend to be blue while in alkaline soil (pH above 7) flowers tend to be pink or lilac.  Although soil pH affects the color it does not affect the tone or depth of color.  For example, H. macrophylla ‘Nikko Blue’ will be sky blue in acidic soil and pale pink in alkaline soil.  It is not possible to change ‘Nikko Blue’ to a dark blue or dark pink flower by making the soil more acidic or more alkaline respectively.  Instead it is best to be selective when choosing which cultivar to grow if a particular color is desired.  In the Winterthur Garden we do not supplement the soil in any way to achieve flower color.  Our soil tends to be more acidic, which influences our H. macrophylla and H. serrata to be blue.  Along with flower color there are other attractive attributes reflected in some of the cultivars, in particular, stem and leaf color.

The majority of cultivars for both species produce flowers on old wood (the previous season’s growth).  To ensure flowering, pruning should be completed by mid-August.  If pruning occurs after that point (meaning in September through the following spring) the plant will not have flowers in the coming summer.  The question that we get asked the most about hydrangeas is “why aren’t my hydrangeas blooming?”  The answer is almost always that the plant was pruned at the improper time.  Other possibilities do include, deer browse and cold damage, but improper pruning is usually the culprit.  With all of that being said, there are a few cultivars of H. macrophylla that produce flowers on old and new wood (the current season’s growth), making improper pruning, deer browse, and cold damage less of an issue.  These cultivars have been popularized because of this attribute.  One of these cultivars is H. macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ (Endless Summer®).

I must take a moment to talk about how plants are named and the names given to some hydrangeas.  There has been a trend, mostly with H. macrophylla, to use trademarked names along with cultivar names, often resulting in confusion for those who are not aware of this naming trend.  For example, the Latin name for the popular Endless Summer Hydrangea is Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’.  Endless Summer is the registered trademark name.  It is often sold in a blue container printed with Endless Summer®, but inspection of the label will reveal Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’.  To break it down Hydrangea (is the genus), macrophylla (is the species), ‘Bailmer’ (is the cultivar), and Endless Summer® (is the registered trademark name signified by the tiny R inside a circle that appears at the end).  To add to the complexity of names, the producers of Endless Summer (Bailey Nurseries), have introduced four more hydrangeas that bloom on old and new wood, for a total of five.  All five cultivars are marketed under the Endless Summer “brand” but each have their own cultivar and registered trademark names.  The first of these plants is now marketed as Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ (Endless Summer®TheOriginal).  These are all wonderful hydrangeas!  However, it makes it even more important to read the label when selecting and purchasing H. macrophylla so that you get the hydrangea that you desire.

Hydrangea macrophylla and Hydrangea serrata cultivars grow throughout the Winterthur Garden, including at the Visitor Center, Greenhouse complex, near the Museum, Reflecting Pool, and in Enchanted Woods.  Be sure to visit this summer to see these beautiful shrubs!

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ (Endless Summer®)

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ (Endless Summer®)

Hydrangea macrophylla cultivar (unknown cultivar) growing near Greenhouse complex

Hydrangea macrophylla (unknown cultivar) in foreground with Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ in background

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘HYMMADII’ (Midnight Duchess®) with lacecap flowers and purple black stems, growing at the Visitor Center

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘HYMMADIII’ (Princess Lace®) growing at the Visitor Center

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lady in Red’ with lacecaps that will age to burgundy-rose accompanied by red veins, stems, and fall color

Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ in Enchanted Woods

Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ flower tends to be paler in deeper shade but will deepen or be spotted with burgundy in the fall

Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ with Hydrangea arborescens cultivars in the background in Enchanted Woods

Hydrangea serrata ‘Preziosa’ with darker flowers due to being grown in more sun and this picture reveals the dark reddish, purplish stems of this cultivar

Hydrangea serrata ‘Blue Billow’ in the foreground displays a darker blue lacecap and good cold hardiness

Hydrangea serrata ‘Tokyo Delight’ growing near the museum

Hydrangea serrata ‘Tokyo Delight’ provides smaller more “refined” leaves than H. macrophylla cultivars

 

 

 

 

Hydrangea arborescens, Smooth Hydrangea, is a deciduous shrub which grows 3-6 feet tall and wide.  Native from New York to Florida, it prefers partial shade to shade but will tolerate more sun with ample moisture.  Hydrangea arborescens produces creamy white lacecap flowers, which feel airy in effect, when compared to the mophead flowers of the better known H. arborescens cultivars.  Two such cultivars Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and  Hydrangea arborescens  ‘Grandiflora’ (Hills of Snow) provide ball shaped flowers, which turn from pale green to creamy white.  H. arborescens, H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’ and H. arborescens ‘Grandiflora’ are all found in the Winterthur garden, as well as a few other lacecap cultivars.

H. arborescens (lacecap)

H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (mophead)

Hydrangea arborescens (and cultivars) produce flowers on new wood (the current season’s growth).  Pruning can be accomplished in early spring.  For our area, I aim to finish any pruning by mid April.  Deadwood can be pruned anytime, regardless of the season, by cutting back to the live growth.  Often times with H. arborescens, pruning deadwood means cutting the branch to the ground.  In fact, H. arborescens can be cut back to the ground entirely if need be.  However, the new growth will not be as strong, leading to the branches flopping under the weight of the flowers, especially after any rain.  I prefer to only prune out the deadwood each year, which maintains a stronger branching structure to support all of the blooms.

H. arborescens at Magnolia Bend

H. arborescens ‘Grandiflora’ and ‘Annabelle’ in Enchanted Woods

The blooms are beautiful and pollinators love them too!  They enjoy the tiny fertile flowers in the center of the lacecaps.

The best locations in the Winterthur Garden to see these beauties are in the Glade, Magnolia Bend, along Clenny Run, and in Enchanted Woods.

 

Summer is hydrangea season!  These beautiful flowering shrubs are dotted throughout the Winterthur Garden providing oases of summer color.  The blooms range in shades of white, pink, purple, and blue and vary in shape; mopheads, lacecaps, and panicles.  The leaves are also widely variable as is the overall size and habit of each hydrangea.  All of these attributes are dependent on the species and cultivar of each plant.  There are eight different species of hydrangea in the Winterthur garden, including, Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea), Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea), Hydrangea aspera subsp. sargentiana (Sargent Hydrangea), Hydrangea involucrata (Bracted Hydrangea), Hydrangea macrophylla (Big Leaf Hydrangea), Hydrangea paniculata (Panicled Hydrangea), Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea), and Hydrangea serrata (Mountain Hydrangea).  Additionally, there are numerous cultivars among the species.  The extensive number of different hydrangeas often leads to questions of identification.  An accurate label is the best way to gain this information, especially in reference to the cultivars, however, good observation can help identify the species and often times the cultivar.

The type of bloom varies with the species.  In general, hydrangea blooms are either mopheads (also referred to as hortensias), lacecaps, or panicles.  Both mophead and lacecap hydrangeas produce corymbs; flower clusters where the flower stalks are of different lengths creating a ball-shaped or flat-topped bloom.   Mophead hydrangeas produce large rounded flower heads, which consists mostly of showy infertile (sterile) flowers (the “petals” are actually sepals).  Lacecap hydrangeas produce flattened flowers, which consists of showy infertile flowers (again these “petals are actually sepals) radiating around a central cluster of tiny fertile flowers.  Some hydrangeas produce panicles, which are long and tapered and typically have a mix of showy infertile flowers and tiny fertile flowers.

Mophead

 

Lacecap

 

Panicle

In the Winterthur Garden, the hydrangeas with mopheads include Hydrangea arborescens, Hydrangea macrophylla, and Hydrangea serrata; the hydrangeas with lacecaps include Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris, Hydrangea arborescens, Hydrangea aspera subsp. sargentiana, Hydrangea involucrata, Hydrangea macrophylla, and Hydrangea serrata; the hydrangeas with panicles include Hydrangea paniculata and Hydrangea quercifolia.  Growing the different species provides the garden with blooms from June through September and spans the breadth of the garden from the Summer Shrub Area along the front drive (near the Flag Pole) all the way to Sycamore Hill.  The largest plantings can be found in the Summer Shrub Area, near Clenny Run (in proximity to the Museum Store), the Glade, Magnolia Bend, Enchanted Woods, and Sycamore Hill garden areas.

Throughout the bloom, each species will be highlighted individually in upcoming blogs, which will include further information on identification, growing requirements, and pruning tips.

Added this quick video of the hike…

 

This week I chose another trail that takes you in and out of shaded woodland, with an opportunity to see one of our most striking meadows and an absolutely huge tulip poplar. Once again, I linked two trails – Armor Farm and Chandler Woods – to create a large, irregular figure-8 loop that is 2.6 miles long. I have outlined my walk below and provided a photo gallery (by the way, if you would like a PDF version of our hiking map follow this link www.winterthur.org/map). For those tech-savvy walkers I am providing a link to an AllTrails map below that allows you to follow the route with your smartphone. Happy hiking!

The Beginning of the Trail

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Introduction Panel for White Arrow Tour

Winterthur is welcoming guests back into the garden once again on July 1st. Our beautifully choreographed spring display has transitioned to shaded paths, trickling water features and punctuations of summer color. Some of the highlights in the garden right now are hydrangeas, summer perennials such as daylily and Actaea (bugbane) with the purple flowers of Hosta ventricosa filling the woodland landscape within the upcoming week. Wildflowers and wildlife are burgeoning along many of our meadow paths and the woodlands are filled with the sounds of birdsong. Mostly what we can offer is a little respite from the world.

If you are unfamiliar with way-finding in the garden, the “white arrow tour”, usually reserved for highlighting the spring flowering progression, is up and will guide guests throughout the garden, getting a taste of each garden area and featuring some of the best vistas on the property. The tour begins and ends at the same location at the far end of the Visitors Parking Lot near the Picnic House. At a leisurely pace, it takes about 45 minutes but you will likely want to sit and take in some of the views along he way. The loop, end to end, (without meandering distractions) is about 1.5 miles.

For more information on tickets and protocol, please visit our website https://www.winterthur.org/ . We welcome you back to the garden and hope that you find serenity among the many beautiful nooks and wide-open spaces.

WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #11
June 24, 2020
82F, sunny

+: Abundant
fbb: Flower-bud breaking
b: Some bloom
fb: Full Bloom
pf: Petals falling/drying
pb: Past bloom (few remain)
ber: Berries, fruits
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Check these out:
 The catalpa trees (Catalpa bignonioides) in the upper meadow of the entrance drive are covered in white flowers.
 Airy: The white ‘cloud’ of fleabane (Erigeron annuus) in the upper entrance drive meadow; the tall white ‘candles’ of bugbane (Actaea/Cimicifuga racemosa) in Azalea Woods, along March Walk, above the Quarry, and in other areas of the gardens; the clusters of delicate white flowers on the tall meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegifolium) along March Walk.
 Many different hydrangeas are beginning to bloom throughout the gardens.

 Found throughout the gardens but mentioned only here:
o The tiny white, sometimes pale pink, daisies of fleabane (Erigeron annuus) are scattered throughout the meadows & gardens.
o White clover (Trifolium repens) in the fields and lawns is providing nectar and pollen for the pollinators and nitrogen for the soil. Some of the mowed meadow paths are a carpet of blossoms this week.

ENTRANCE DRIVE AND PARKING AREA
fb Achillea millefolium (Yarrow – white)
fb Catalpa bignonioides (Common catalpa – white with purple speckles & golden ‘splash’)
fb Cicorium intybus (Chicory – blue)
pb Eheretia ovalifolia (Heliotrope tree – ivory-white)
pf Galium mollugo (Wild madder – white ‘clouds’ of tiny flowers)
fb Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese stewartia – white)
pf Trifolium pratense (Red clover – reddish-purple)
pf Trifolium proocumbens (Smaller hop clover – yellow)
ber Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum (Doublefile viburnum – red)

LAGOONS
fb Achillea millefolium (Yarrow – white)
b Apocynum species (Dogbane – greenish buds)
fb Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Ox-eye daisy – white with yellow center)
pf Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle – pale lilac)
pb Convolvulus species (Morning-glory vine – pink)
fb Coronilla varia (Crown vetch – lavender-pink)
pf Galium mollugo (Wild madder – white ‘clouds’ of tiny flowers)
b Helianthus helianthoides (Sunflower – yellow daisies)
b Lapsana communis (Tiny yellow flowers)
pb Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle – white)
fb Lysimachia nummularia (Moneywort – golden yellow – along the ground)
fb Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not – blue)
fb Rosa species (Rose – rose pink)
pb Trifolium procumbens (Smaller hop clover – yellow)
fb Vicia cracca (Cow vetch – purple)

SUMMER SHRUB SLOPE
fb Hemerocallis fulva (Daylily – orange)
fb Hemerocallis species (Daylily – yellow)

PARKING AREA TO VISITOR CENTER
pf Digitalis grandiflora (Foxglove – off-white)
b Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea – white)
pb Rhododendron hybrid catawbiense x maximum ‘Late Purple’ (Tree rhododendron)
pf Rhododendron maximum hybrid ‘Soft Mauve’ (Tree rhododendron)

WALK FROM VISITOR CENTER TO UNDERPASS
pf Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ (Hosta – white)
pf Rhododendron discolor (Mandarin rhododendron – white)
pf Rhododendron arborescens (Sweet azalea – white)
b Rhododendron maximum (Rosebay tree rhododendron – white)

WALK FROM UNDERPASS TO MUSHROOM

SLOPE DOWN TOWARDS MUSEUM

PEONY GARDEN

AZALEA WOODS
b Actaea/Cimicifuga racemosa (Black cohosh – white)
fb Circaea quadrisulcata (Enchanter’s nightshade – extremely tiny white flowers)
fb Hemerocallis fulva (Daylily – orange)
fb Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth hydrangea – white)
pb Rhododendron indicum ‘Balsaminaflorum’ (Indicum hybrid azalea – double orange)

LOWER AZALEA WOODS
pb Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s rocket – purple, lavender, white)

UPPER/EAST TERRACE AND STEPS
b Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolia – white)

EAST FRONT OF MUSEUM & Around Corner
b Abelia x grandiflora (Glossy abelia – soft pink)
pf Astilbe chinensis ‘Visions Pink’ (Astilbe – pale pink – at Bath Houses)
fb,+ Hemerocallis fulva & cultivars (orange, yellow, golden – behind Bath House)
b Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth hydrangea = white – on far side of Clenny Run)
fb Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolia – white)

WALK FROM GLASS CORRIDOR TO REFLECTING POOL
b Astilbe chinensis var. pumila (Astilbe – lavender rose)
fb Clematis ‘Candida’ (Large flowered clematis – white)
fb Hemerocallis fulva (Daylily – orange)
b Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Lanarth White’ (Bigleaf hydrangea – white)
fb Hydrangea serrata ‘Shirofugi’ (Tea of Heaven hydrangea cultivar – white)
fb Nymphaea species (Waterlily – pink, white)
fb Yucca filimentosa (Adam’s needle – creamy white)

WALK FROM FISH PONDS – THE GLADE – TO BRIDGE
b Actaea/Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane – white)
fb Astilbe chinensis varieties (Astilbe – pink, light lavender-pink)
fb Astilbe biternata (False goat’s beard – white)
fb Callicarpa variety (Beautyberry – white)
b Campanula rapunculoides (Creeping bellflower – violet-blue)
b Hosta ventricosa (Blue hosta – purple – along ‘spring’)
fb Hydrangea arborescens ‘Grandiflora’ (Hills of Snow hydrangea – white)
pb Saxifraga tomentosum (Strawberry geranium – white)
fb Thalictrum aquilegifolium (Meadow rue – white)

MARCH BANK
b Actaea/Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane – white)
pb Arisaema dracontium (Green dragon Jack-in-the-pulpit – green – 1 plant)
b Campanula rapunculoides (Creeping bellflower – violet-blue)
b Desmodium species (Tick-trefoil – light pink)
b Lysimachia clethroides (Goose-neck loosestrife – white)
fb Thalictrum aquilegifolium (Meadow rue – white)

MAGNOLIA BEND AND WALK ON SOUTH SIDE OF STREAM
fb Astilbe biternata (False goat’s beard – white)
fb Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ (Hosta – white)
b Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth hydrangea – white)
fb Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea – white)
fb Itea virginica (Virginia sweetspire – white)
pf Rhododendron catawbiense var. minus (Small tree rhododendron – light pink)

GARDEN LANE
pb Weigela florida ‘Eva Rathke’ (Weigela cultivar – dark red)

WINTERHAZEL WALK

ICEWELL TERRACE
b Actaea/Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane – white)

PINETUM
pf Astilbe ‘Peach Blossom’ (Astilbe – pale pink – at Latimeria Gates)
pf Astilbe variety (Astilbe – white – at Latimeria Gates)
pb Chaenomeles varieties (Flowering quince – red-orange – ~9 blossoms)
b Circaea quadrisulcata (Enchanter’s nightshade – extremely tiny white flowers)
fb Convolvulus species (Morning-glory vine – white)
pf Erodium cicutarium (Cranesbill – pink)
pb Viburnum macrocephalum ‘Sterile’ (Chinese snowball viburnum – white)

SUNDIAL GARDEN
pf Viburnum macrocephalum ‘Sterile’ (Chinese snowball viburnum – white – 1 blossom on new plantinng)

TRAFFIC CIRCLE
fb Callicarpa species (Beautyberry – lavender-pink, white)

ENCHANTED WOODS
b Actaea/Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane – white)
b Campanula rapunculoides (Creeping bellflower – violet-blue)
fb Hydrangea arborescens ‘Grandiflora’ (Hills of Snow hydrangea – white)
fb Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea – white)
b Rhododendron cumberlandense ‘Sunlight’ (Cumberland azalea cultivar – red)
b Rhododendron maximum (Rosebay tree rhododendron – white)
pb Weigela ‘Pink Princess’ (Weigela cultivar – pink)

OAK HILL
East Side
fb Achillea millefolium (Yarrow – white – in meadow)
fb Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed – pink – at bottom of meadow)
b Asclepias syriaca (Common milkweed – dusty rose/lavender – at bottom of meadow)
fb Callicarpa species (Beautyberry – lavender-pink, white)
b Circaea quadrisulcata (Enchanter’s nightshade – extremely tiny white flowers)
pf Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle – pale lilac – in meadow)
fb Hieracium species (Hawkweed – yellow – in meadow)
ber Poncirus trifoliata (Hardy orange – fuzzy dark green fruits)
West Side
pf Callicarpa species (Beautyberry – lavender-pink – at corner of Library)
pb Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – white)
ber Magnolia acuminata (Cucumbertree – greenish-white fuzzy cones)
pb Rhododendron ‘Buccaneer’ (Glenn Dale hybrid azalea – double orange)
fb Rhododendron hybrid (Azalea hybrid – medium orange)
pb Rhododendron Mrs. C.C. Miller (Gable hybrid azalea – double red-orange)
fb Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort – violet)
ber Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum (Doublefile viburnum – red)
pb Weigela ‘Mont Blanc’ (Weigela cultivar – white)

QUARRY, ADJACENT WALKS, AND OUTLET STREAM
b Actaea/Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane – white)
fb Astilbe thunbergii ‘Ostrich Plume’ (Astilbe varieties – pink, white)
pb Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s rocket – purple, lavender, white)
b Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ (Hosta – white)
b Iris hexagona (Dixie iris – purple with yellow marking)
fb Iris prismatica (Slender blue flag – blue)
pb Primula japonica (Candelabra primrose – orange)
pf Rhododendron catawbiense var. minus (Small tree rhododendron – rosy purple)
pb Rodgersia podophylla (Rodgersia – white)
fb Spigelia marylandica (Indian pinks – red)
ber Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum (Doublefile viburnum – red)

SYCAMORE HILL
fb Catalpa bignonioides (Common catalpa – white with purple speckles)
pb Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – white)
fb Deutzia chunii (Chunii deutzia – misty lavender buds, white flowers)
pb Deutzia gracilis (Slender deutzia – white)
pb Kalmia latifolia (Mountain laurel – pale pink to white)
fb Leptodermis oblonga (Chinese leptodermis – rosy lavender)
pb Magnolia seiboldii ‘Colossus’ (Oyama magnolia – white)
pf Rosa ‘Bess Lovett’ (Large flowered climber rose – red)
pf Rosa ‘New Dawn’ (Rose – pale pink)
pf Rosa ‘Radwin’ (Winner’s Circle rose – red)
pf Rosa sp. (Rose – white – around Brick Lookout)
pb Rosa ‘White Dawn’ (White Dawn rose – white)
pf Spiraea x ‘Margaritae’ (Margarita spiraea – shades of pink)
b Stewartia species (Stewartia – white)
pb Syringa reticulata (Japanese tree lilac – white – in meadow below Brick Lookout)
pf Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ (Smooth witherod – white)
ber Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum (Doublefile viburnum – red)
pf Weigela ‘Red Prince’ (Weigela cultivar – dark red)

WEST FRONT OF MUSEUM, STORE, AND CLENNY RUN
fb Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth hydrangea – white)
fb Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf hydrangea – blue, pink, lavender-blue)
b Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Fuji Waterfall’ (Bigleaf hydrangea cultivar – white)
fb Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf hydrangea – white- in Clenny Run at Museum bridge)
fb Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not – blue)
pb Rhododendron catawbiense (Tree rhododendron – light lavender-pink, pale pink – along Clenny Run)
pb Rhododendron hybrid catawbiense & maximum ‘Late Purple’ (Tree rhododendron)
pf Rhododendron maximum (Rosebay tree rhododendron – lavender-pink)
pb Rhododendron indicum ‘Balsaminaflorum’ (Indicum hybrid azalea – double orange – behind & on Clenny Run side of Museum Store)

GREENHOUSE AREA
fb,+ Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’ (Daylily – yellow)
b Hosta lancifolia (Hosta – lavender)
b Hydrangea macrophylla (Bigleaf hydrangea – white)
fb Lathyrus latifolius (Perennial sweetpea – fuchsia)
b Lavender angustifolia (Lavender – pale lavender-pink)
fb Nepeta faasenii ‘Junior Walker’ (Catmint – blue)
pb Rhododendron maximum (Rosebay tree rhododendron – white)

BACK MEADOW – Top of Sycamore Hill to back ponds
b Apocynum species (Dogbane – white)
b Asclepias syriaca (Common milkweed – dusty rose/lavender)
b Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly milkweed – orange)
fb Carduus nutans (Nodding thistle – reddish purple)
pf Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Ox-eye daisy – white)
pf Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle – pale lilac)
fb Coronilla varia (Crown vetch – lavender-pink)
pf Galium mollugo (Wild madder – white ‘clouds’ of tiny flowers)
pf Hesperis matronalis (Dame’s rocket – purple, lavender, white)
fb Hieracium species (Hawkweed – yellow)
b Hypericum species (St. John’s wort – yellow)
pb Iris pseudacorus (Yellow flag iris – yellow)
pb Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle – white)
b Lysimachia ciliata (Fringed loosestrife – yellow)
fb Lysimachia nummularia (Moneywort – golden yellow)
fb Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-me-not – blue)
fb Potentilla simplex (Common cinquefoil – golden yellow)
b Potentilla species (Cinquefoil – pale yellow)
fb Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed susan – yellow – along Quarry outlet stream)
pf Trifolium pratense (Red clover – reddish purple)
pf Trifolium procumbens (Smaller hop clover – yellow)

GARDEN LANE MEADOW – below Brown’s Woods
b Apocynum species (Dogbane – white)
b Asclepias syriaca (Common milkweed – lavender)
b Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly milkweed – orange)
fb Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle – pale lilac)
fb Convolvulus species (Morning-glory vine – white)
fb Coronilla varia (Crown vetch – lavender-pink)
fb Galium mollugo (Wild madder – tiny white ‘clouds’ of flowers)
b Helianthus helianthoides (Sunflower – yellow daisy – 1 flower)
fb Hypericum species (St. John’s wort – yellow)
fb Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle – white)
b Potentilla species (Cinquefoil – pale yellow)
b Pycnanthemum species (Mountain mint – green with white ‘haze’)
fb Trifolium pratense (Red clover – reddish-purple)
pf Trifolium procumbens (Smaller hop clover – yellow)
b Verbascum thapsis (Mullein – sparse yellow flowers on tall yellow stalk)

Bloom Report Presented by:
Pauline Myers

Nursery Woods Trail 

As many of you have discovered, Winterthur has several miles of walking trails worth exploring. With close to 1,000 acres available for guests and members to walk, there is so much to discover, photograph, and enjoy on the estate. I recently chose to hike two of our trails, linking them together to create a 2.6 mile walk. I started at the Visitors Parking Lot and walked to the beginning of the Nursery Woods trail. I followed that to our Point to Point course and then followed Old Gatehouse Road to the Sawmill Woods trail and used that to walk back into the core of the property. I have outlined my walk below and provided a photo gallery (by the way, if you would like a PDF version of our hiking map follow this link www.winterthur.org/map). I have also made a short video of the walk and provided a link – for those tech-savvy walkers – to an AllTrails map that would allow you to follow along with your smartphone. Happy hiking!

 

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Front Ponds

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