Winterthur, Delaware in late March.
Legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, 1880-1969, American.
An area planted with cherries backs onto the Winterhazel walk:
white Sargent cherry, pink Accolade; and white Manchu cherries whose trunks are low on the ground and whose flowers are smaller.
They are in bloom now also.
white manchu cherries with Korean rhododendron and yellow winterhazel in the background
pink Accolade cherry
white Sargent cherry trees
the flowers of the Manchu cherry
Passing a blue atlas cedar at whose back are giant, pyramidal cherry trees
there are shallow steps on either side of which are flowering quince cultivars (Chaenomeles, rosaceae)
set like vases on the ground
Dense thickets, thorny like their family
through the Sundial Garden
past the Italian windflowers circling a crabapple tree
and a Sargent crabapple stand which is budding when the Star magnolia it faces has already begun to shed
And as the star magnolia shed their flowers, the saucer magnolias begin to come into flower
They are more mature and larger than the star magnolia. And fragrant.
On the way out of the grounds, I sometimes visit the koi in their couture colours:
overlooked by fern-leaved corydalis, solitary bloomers at this time of year in this area of the park.