Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

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 […]

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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 […]

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WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #10 June 17, 2020 73F, cloud-covered +: 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:  For a floriferous experience, stroll the mowed path along the front pond past the Needle’s Eye folly to be […]

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WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #09 June 10, 2020 88F, 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:  Don’t miss the lilies (Lilium martagon) that are in full bloom in Azalea Woods and Icewell Terrace. Their show […]

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The hori hori, often referred to as a “soil knife”, is a must-have garden tool.  First implemented in Japan, the tool can be described as a cross between a knife and a garden trowel.  It has a heavy, steel blade that is sharp on one edge and serrated on the other, with an overall shape […]

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This blog comes out on the eve of what would have been our 6th annual Daffodil Day; a Saturday set aside in mid-April to celebrate the daffodils planted during H.F. du Pont’s lifetime. Though some varieties may be found planted within garden areas such as the Quarry, March Bank and Sycamore Hill, the wider displays […]

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Story Time in Enchanted Woods, a family program that shares the joy of reading while cultivating an interest and appreciation for nature in our youngest guests at Winterthur, may be on pause but the inspiration from the selected books can still be shared.  I anticipated reading, Bloom by Deborah Diesen, a story about spring bulbs, […]

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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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What better way to utilize an “extra day”–Leap Day–than to take a moment to see how the Winterthur Garden is waking up. The intent was to go right to the March Bank because that is the main display at this time of year but I was lured by other flowers along the way. Here is how the […]

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July 15, 2015 Groundcovers are low-growing plants used to cover bare ground and prevent the growth of weeds. They also can be useful in problem areas, such as slopes where mowing grass would be difficult. They’re useful in any garden—public or private—and they provide an ornamental layer as well. There are many groundcovers available. Some do […]

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