Deciduous azalea at Winterthur, Delaware

 

Winterthur is the legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, 1880-1969, American

 

 

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At Winterthur deciduous azaleas are planted in a concentration of the greatest beauty.  A few bushes are elsewhere in the grounds.

 

 

 

These plantings are separated by steps from the flowering quince: among the earliest bushes to flower in Spring.

 

 

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A Faber fir tree grows up a short embankment behind and above these azaleas

 

 

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On another side are white azaleas

 

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at least 12 stamens so this may not be an azalea but a rhododendron

 

 

which form a ring

 

 

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on the approach to a magnificent blue atlas cedar

 

 

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some of whose giant boughs incline slightly upwards from the parallel. Some curve towards the ground.

 

 

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Through the gap between these boughs in May a glimpse of an entire conclave of azaleas of the loveliest colours. 

 

 

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Hybrid azaleas. Considered native.

 

 

Flowers lighter on the bush and bushes lighter on the ground than Kurume azaleas.  Nothing massed about these plantings. 

 

A tenacious fragility about them because they are small bushes and are both deciduous and perennial.

 

 

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Fortunate to come upon this conclave when you did not know of its existence makes you very fortunate! 

 

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A place of great beauty.

 

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The upper boughs of green-blue-grey of the blue atlas cedar point the way. 

 

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Planted elsewhere in the grounds of Winterthur

Azalea woodlands Winterthur May 2015-19

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Winterthur's azaleas May 2013-18

 

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Rain has been through

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Spanish bluebells are planted among the azaleas

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Winterthur's azaleas May 2013-17

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