A walk today through the park at Winterthur, Delaware;
legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, 1880-1969, American
Flora native to the mid-Atlantic begin to bloom later than these non-native varieties whose flowering season starts in late February.
Many of us support the move to plant natives and naturalized plants only because of the catastrophic decline in the number and types of birds and butterflies.
But how happy we are to see this!
Beech trees retain some of their leaves throughout the winter.
Today I heard a theory that trees which do this were, long ago, evergreen and this is a vestigial feature.
American Birch (Fagus grandiflora)
Japanese cornel dogwood (Cornus officinialis); the first tree to flower here
Winter aconite (Eranthus hyemalis)
Fragrant honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima);
dishevelled, with a bark which peels and an unremarkable flower.
But I am always so happy to see it flower because it flowers very early and is fragrant.
Glory of the Snow ( Chionodoxa forbesii ) growing among the peonies
Camellia japonica ‘April Remembered’
Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
Spring Snowflake (Leucojum vernum)
Lenten roses (Helleborus)
Pieris Japonica overlooking the east terrace of the museum
Striped (Lebanon) squill (Puschkinia scilloides)
Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Prunus Tomentosa, the shape of whose flowers give it away as a member of the Rosaceae
Frgrant Viburnum (Viburnum farreri)
Winterhazel varieties with Korean rhododendron
In the greenhouse, daffodils are being readied for planting