Overtake My Senses and Besiege Me until My Mind is Stilled and I am You

May 2016-2019

 

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

 

 

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Tulips in April and May 2019 at Mt. Cuba

 

 

 

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Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) at Mt. Cuba

 

 

 

Large Flower Two Wing-Silver Bell, Mt. Cuba

 

 

 

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Native delphinium (Delphinium tricorne). Mt. Cuba

 

 

 

Red buckeye, a native tree flowers in late April and May at Mt. Cuba

 

 

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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.  

 

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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.

 

 

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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 

 

 

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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.  

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) at Mt. Cuba and Winterthur, 2018

 

 

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