Right now the best seat in H. F. du Pont’s 175-room mansion may very well be just outside its walls, on the stately East Terrace. There a circular iron bench overlooks a sea of lavender crocus (Crocus tommasinianus). Known affectionately as “tommies,” these early-blooming crocuses naturalize easily and have the added bonus of being squirrel-resistant! Planted en masse, their delicate shades and graceful shapes soften a space otherwise studded with brown columnar forms both arboreal and architectural. The resulting view is absolutely breathtaking!