Posts Tagged ‘spring’

Azaleas for late May

“The longer I grow azaleas, the more I realize how beautiful they are when grouped in harmonious colors and pleasing contrast. They naturalize in every imaginable terrain and contour (no other species are in bloom in Delaware for almost four months) and due to their various height and habit of growth are never monotonous, and […]

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In 1917, H.F. du Pont purchased some of the first Kurume azaleas available in this country. He had these propagated over the years and arranged them to create beautiful corridors of color in what is now known as Azalea Woods. H.F. was keen on creating a seamless beauty but he also loved to collect.  He […]

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Ferns of Spring

The Winterthur garden provides not only wonderful spring color but also amazing details. The unfurling fronds of ferns are just one example of that. Even at this young stage, it is easy to identify certain ones. It is also a great time to think about how you might use them in your landscape. There are […]

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The winter flowering display in the Winterthur garden is slow to unfurl. It usually begins in December with the first snowdrop emerging and when that occurs, it’s the equivalent of finding gold in what is the darkest and sometimes bleakest month of the year. Individual snowdrops emerge over January and February to form large, subtle […]

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In the time of much “gardening bling” it is easy to overlook some of the subtler beauty that is awakening at the same time. A bright red tulip, a show-stopping yellow forsythia mass, or the lush pastel fluff of a cherry tree in full flower is likely to grab anyone’s attention but surrounding that is […]

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Yes, Winterthur has entered “spring:  the sequel.”  It took a little time for it to arrive, but the garden now is entering its best season where a weekly visit is highly recommended. To celebrate the abundance of flowers and the artful placement of plants in the landscape by Henry Francis du Pont, white directional arrows will […]

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April 16, 2014 – Enjoy an early spring day in the Azalea Woods. Susan Sibley, garden horticulturist, will be your guide as you witness the garden come to life with Bluebells, Trillium, and Windflowers. Walks last 45–60 minutes. Join us for demonstrations, talks, and guided walks covering a wide range of gardening topics. These events begin at 11:30 […]

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A Soft April Day

I love April, even somewhat cloudy days. The extravagant, wild color of May is too much for my senses; I am overwhelmed. I prefer the somewhat softer palette of April with its pale pinks, creamy whites, translucent greens, and butter yellows.  So, this is my favorite time of year in the Winterthur Garden, second only […]

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Thanks to the 5+ hours of work by two amazing volunteers, here’s the 9 page (count ’em, 9 pages!) bloom list for the Winterthur Garden. The survey was made on Wednesday, April 17. http://www.winterthur.org/pdfs/Winterthur Bloom Report 04.17.2013 number 14.pdf Highlights: Cherry trees and shrubs – near Magnolia Bend and at Visitor Center Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) […]

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    March: in like a lion, out like a lamb? I think not! Monday’s snow threw us all for a loop; we had already been thinking spring but in the Winterthur Garden that is not a hard thing to do. Winter still occurs for 3 months here but the amount of winter flowering bulbs […]

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