Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware is a reserve of flora native to the North American Piedmont which stretches from New York state to Kentucky: a legacy of the Lammot du Pont Copelands.
The gardens and park at Winterthur, Delaware were the design of Henry Francis du Pont.
In May, many species flower.
Overwhelming presentation of flowers and colours, shades, perfumes which overtake my senses and besiege me.
By exception at Mt. Cuba, non-native tulips, for the gorgeousness of their colour, are planted around an ornamental pond
Tulips in April and May 2019 at Mt. Cuba
Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) at Mt. Cuba
Large Flower Two Wing-Silver Bell, Mt. Cuba
Native delphinium (Delphinium tricorne). Mt. Cuba
Red buckeye, a native tree flowers in late April and May at Mt. Cuba
Red Buckeye (Aesculus Pavia) at Mt. Cuba, 2018
whose cousins at Winterthur have flowers more fashionably coloured still.
But then Winterthur is a garden and park of any plant which pleased its creator, Henry Francis du Pont. Mt. Cuba is not a pleasure garden.
Red Buckeye (Aesculus Pavia) at Winterthur, 2017/2018
Accompanying native azalea in bloom also is wisteria, a variety developed by Longwood Gardens (a pleasure garden and research institution, a legacy of Pierre S. du Pont). Hardier than non-native wisteria which have faded now.
Longwood Purple American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens) at Mt. Cuba
Wild columbine, the most ethereal of flowers, and behind it, Jacob’s Ladder, also flower with azalea
Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) fronting Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans) at Mt. Cuba
Native azaleas. Their woodwork is more delicate than that of hardy Kurume azaleas and their flower structure more complex and less massed.
Their colours are in a range: white, cream, yellow, pink, red, orange, orange-red and lilac-lavender.
Native azaleas (Rhododendron) at Mt. Cuba and Winterthur, Delaware
And floating everywhere, as though untethered under the high canopy of beech and American poplar, flowering dogwood. It is also in flower at the same time as native azalea.
Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) at Mt. Cuba and Winterthur, 2018