What a wonderful week it has been in Northern Delaware! My Wednesday: 17,268 steps in two stunning gardens, one blister on left heel. Well worth the pain!
Yesterday, I joined five others for an 8:30am fitness hike at Mt. Cuba Center. Yes, there are hills in Delaware! Check out their many wonderful programs: http://issuu.com/mtcubacenter/docs/spsu15_program_guide?e=14731861/11951290
After the fitness hike, I sat in the Marian Coffin-designed pool garden at Mt. Cuba Center. The tulips surrounding the pool were in full and perfect bloom. I almost shed a tear for their exquisite beauty. Why? Not sure…maybe the pure translucent beauty, maybe the knowledge of the fleeting nature of perfection, maybe because I realize how much work it took to create the display ‘just for me’ (I got to enjoy it all by myself for 20 minutes), maybe because tulips were one of my late father’s favorites. For whatever reason, I was quite moved by the experience. (Sorry, no photo, I enjoyed the garden sans iPhone.)
After the hike and moments of reflection in the garden, I headed just a few minutes on down the road to check on late April in the Winterthur Garden. My favorite season at Winterthur! The two gardens complement each other beautifully; one focusing on native Piedmont plants (Mt. Cuba), and one perfecting the ‘Wild Garden’ concept.
Keep in mind, please, this Sunday, May 3, is Winterthur’s Point-to-Point event. http://www.winterthur.org/ptp It’ll be lively and fun at the Point-to-Point course, as well as in the garden and museum. Because of exceptional traffic on the estate roads, garden tram tours are not possible. However, garden walks are offered every 30 minutes, from 11a to 3p, leaving from the Visitor Center, tram boarding area. The walks will be about 30 minutes long, just enough to get you started on your own experience in the garden.
Oh, and about Azalea Woods – when I walked through Azalea Woods on Wednesday, I saw lots and lots of trillium, Virginia bluebells, and other fabulous wildflowers in bloom, but most of the azalea blossoms were still pretty tight. Maybe with the heat yesterday afternoon and bright sunshine today, they’ve opened up, but this is what I saw on Wednesday morning:
In full bloom in the Winterthur Garden this week: