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The best part of photographing this Chinese witch-hazel was enjoying its wonderful sweet fragrance.  This one is Hamamelis mollis ‘ Wisley Supreme’.    Its name is derived from the fact that it originated at Wisley Garden, the flagship garden of the Royal Horticultural Society.  Be sure to walk by the patio of our Visitor Center to enjoy these.   Join us for our Bank to […]

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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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Nature can sure keep us hopping!  Last week we had single digit temperatures, significant ice and snowfall and today, sunshine and warm temperatures are again raining down.  March is known for this behavior but never-the-less it sets our mind spinning a bit. The still-frozen ground and melting snow has made for a “mud season” for […]

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Estate Horticulturist and “Vice President of Snow Removal” Frank Quinnette pays this homage to winter: Could it be? Could this be the end of the 3rd snowiest winter in area history? Well I certainly hope so ‘cause our department is hurtin’! Cold temps, sleep deprivation, and spending just a little bit too much time with co-workers can be […]

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Of Ice and Men

Frank Quinnette, estate horticulturist and Winterthur’s unofficial champion of the snow (yes, the  giant S on his chest stands for Snowman and yes, he’s gonna kill me for that intro) sheds a little light on snow removal at Winterthur: We’re out there. The snow, the ice, the cold; it’s just part of the job for […]

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In the Month of December

Nature and the garden have the capability of inspiring us all. Here is an example of how it inspired horticulturist Jim Pirhalla–in memory of his father, who was born on a Christmas Day.   In the month of December As the days begin Winds of the North Lay cause to whisper and sing Through the […]

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Mother Nature has a way of encouraging us to live in the moment and, at the same time, preparing us for things to come.  While mulch mowing the leaves on the March Bank during the balmy temperatures of last week, I nearly mowed the first snowdrop.  November 19th; this is the earliest date I ever recall […]

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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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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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Hawk Watching

Baby it’s cold outside!  But bright blue skies and not much wind, so I set out on a quick journey into the Winterthur Garden. Mainly, I was searching for a hawk I saw yesterday on the second horizontal branch above the stone walkway in this oak tree. It was a beaut! May have been a […]

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