Winterthur, Delaware is the legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, 1880-1969, American
Mt. Cuba, Hockessin, Delaware is the legacy of the Lammot du Pont Copelands, American
Autumn has moved in slowly.
It is more that we have stumbled on patches of Autumn here and there.
Winter camellia is in full flower
The golden larch is transitioning to gold
Seeds of the saucer magnolia
The stand of Sargent crabapple is in leaf and not yet in seed
Fall daffodil is in bloom
Late goldenrod is still in bloom
Native, carniverous pitcher plants (Saracenia)
Pinnacle hydrangea is in its final flower
The holly is both in flower and in seed which has yet to turn red
The edible fruit of the common persimmon are still falling
Lilac has made a second late showing
Chadds Ford Atlantic Ladies’ tresses (Spirolantes cernua Chadds Ford), classified as a native orchid
(photo from the site of Mt. Cuba Center)
TBD, Mt. Cuba. (Age has robbed me of the name of this plant)
Native blue wood aster, drying
Two varieties of the native grass, hair-awn muhly
Native sourwood, one of the earliest trees to turn
Native obedient plants are in flower
Bitter orange. Fragrant rind used in minuscule quantities. The fruit is unpalatable.
Toad lily in flower
Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) tree is in blossom
The red oak in the meadow garden at Mt. Cuba is only now turning red.
On the other side of the meadow, its companion dogwoods have already turned.
The grasses are shorter and less colourful than in other years: they are paying for the drought in Spring.
The coniferous ones dance in a halo of their deciduous companions
These flora, these grounds tended with such care,
Clearing underbrush around the lake at Mt. Cuba in very late October
have kept us grounded through this year’s hard October.
We have given thanks. We give thanks.