Last Sunday, as January was winding to a close, I took a stroll along the March Bank in honor of the Winterthur Garden’s creator, Henry Francis du Pont. His usual “Bank to Bend” walk (from the March Bank to Magnolia Bend) was always in search of the year’s first blooms, and indeed I was very much in search of the same!
Maybe it was just the cold, but the thought that I was walking in our founder’s footsteps gave me goosebumps. Take a walk for yourself as you enjoy the following photos, with cheerful sights of snowdrops and the golden buds of early adonis. My meandering technically went from Bend to Bank, then Bank to Bend and back again, but I don’t think Mr. du Pont would have scolded me too much (at least, not after hearing about the spirit of my search!).
For an added bonus, I include two bloom-sightings from the nearby East Terrace: the firework-like flowers of witchhazel and a single, sweet blossom of fragrant honeysuckle. Both were striking against their elegant architectural backdrop.
While small, none of these blooms can be measured for the joy they instill in the winter heart!
For information about our upcoming Bank to Bend celebration in early March, please check out the “Garden Events” tab of this blog.