A gathering Spring

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




Star magnolia 




Winter aconite (Eranthus hyemalis)




Magnolia kobus



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)





Hybrid azalea




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









5 thoughts on “A gathering Spring

  1. Exhilarating whiff of freshness and delicate beauty. Thank you, Sarah.

  2. Sarah, I am drawn and very gratified with your photograph looking through the balustrade? at the Winter jasmine that suggests to me a stream carrying yellow blossoms.
    The inanimate stone in contrast with the thriving Winter jasmine -both pleasing.
    As well, I love your image of the glorious blue
    Chionodoxa amongst the rising peonies.
    Thank you so much.

    1. I know you are right about the winter jasmine because it grows also at the Morris Arboretum where it looks a little nondescript because of its setting. At Winterthur, the jasmine falls down a wall……..Sarah

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