Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library   WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #28  October 21, 2020 66F, cloudy with fog & mist   +: 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:   Hocus-Crocus: The showy crocus (Crocus speciosus) are blooming […]

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Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library WINTERTHUR BLOOM REPORT #25  October 1, 2020 70F, partly cloudy   +: 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:   Asters in all of the meadows: Asters (Symphiotrichum species) are in abundance […]

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Whatever illusion I had about understanding the weather has been dashed in the past year.  Between the recent temperature swings and the “need to build an ark” with our record-breaking rainfall has set my confidence in my weather predicting out the window.  Weather has never been predictable but our norms and trends now seem to be setting their […]

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Lauren Fair, Assistant Objects Conservator and Adjunct Faculty in Art Conservation writes: Each winter, before Delaware gets its first bout of freezing temperatures, the Garden Department teams up with Conservation to ensure several of our more delicate sculptures are covered for the winter months. Enclosures consist of painted plywood boxes with four walls and a slanted […]

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There are numerous benefits to walking through a garden but there is arguably none better than capturing a moment like the setting sun illuminating a tree line, a unique cloud formation or catching a glimpse of wildlife. Here are some of those moments within the past week, sometimes taken when one might not think of inspiration […]

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The next two days will feature highs in the 70’s; this will be what the budded blossoms need to jettison us into spring and to a little more seasonal flowering time.  As you probably have noticed, the garden has been a little behind schedule.  The forecast for early next week is for temperatures in the 60’s which […]

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If I had a dime for every time I hear “So what do you guys do in the winter?” I would be writing this blog from my own private tropical island somewhere.  OK—maybe not a tropical island as I am not too fond of the heat; how about a snowy New England hilltop?  Regardless, you […]

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At this point in the gardening season, the well-worn topic of discussion has been the weather but in fairness to the popularity of this subject, it has been a year of abnormal trends. Fortunately, it has also provided a pleasant topical diversion in an election year, but I will stop myself here before I fall […]

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Ok—well, we really are still in winter but for the most part you would not know.  With multiple days in the 40’s and 50’s there is lot of activity in the horticultural world.  Early flowering shrubs such as fragrant honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis) and winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) are in blossom and the […]

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There is one word to describe the garden this week and that is fleeting.  In a period of seven days we will have experienced relentless, driving rains, wind gusts to 40 mph and temperature swings that vary from upper 20’s to near 80’s. How are plants supposed to respond to that?  The nature of our […]

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