Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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 . Check these out:  The catalpa trees (Catalpa bignonioides) in the upper meadow of the entrance drive are covered in white flowers.  […]

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“We need the tonic of wildness…We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden I find enjoyment, inspiration, enlightenment as well as solace in nature.  It is a connection that is available for anyone to make.  In her book, The Curious Nature Guide, Clare Walker Leslie states, “Exploring nature knows no age […]

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Unless you have totally unplugged from the world (which is doubtful if you are reading this blog!) we all either witnessed with our own (protected) eyes or saw images through the media of our recent phenomenon of the total—or in our case partial—eclipse. It occurred on Monday, which is a day that we are closed […]

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October 15, 2014 – UD researchers will provide an update on the  research done on both Winterthur’s and nearby development Applecross’s ecosystems. Learn how different landscapes provide varied ecosystems and how we can improve landscape installation and management for beauty and the environment. Walks last 45–60 minutes. Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of […]

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May 21, 2014 – University of Delaware’s Professor Doug Tallamy, will discuss man’s relationship with nature.  Long ago, they coexisted well, but today man’s “progress” has been at nature’s expense. He will discuss how this approach will soon change to a new strategy in which humans can coexist again with the natural world that supports […]

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Jim Pirhalla, our unofficial bird guru writes the following observations: I decided to use an old baseball term as my article title to try to interest (or entrap) people outside of the gardening world that may stumble across this blog by happenstance. For those unfamiliar with the phrase “ducks on a pond” it basically means […]

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Jim Pirhalla, horticulturist in the Winterthur Garden writes: While doing research on tree succession, I decided to key out the alder species that I noticed growing along the banks of the back pond. Upon doing so, not only did I discover that the plant is probably the hazel alder (Alnus serrulata) but I also discovered […]

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Jim Pirhalla, horticulturist for the Sundial Garden and the Pinetum writes:  This year is the first year, at least that I am aware of, that a pair of hawks has nested in Winterthur’s Pinetum during the decade or so that it has been under my care; the particular breed of hawk being the Cooper’s hawk. The […]

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My name is Mark Wolanski and I am from Wilmington, Delaware. Since March I have been serving as the six month Garden/Estate intern but will be transitioning to the Natural Lands intern in May. I have recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. By majoring in geography, students […]

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Several visitors and staff members have asked for the names and sources of some of the plants growing in the children’s vegetable garden. I have copied the inventory below along with a very informal rating and source code. The rating scale is from “-” (no germination/poor performer) to “++” (star performer). If there is neither a plus […]

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