Yippy, I have internet where I am staying, so now you can see where I have been. The bird posts will wait until I lose connectivity again.
Tomorrow I am going to Longwood Gardens with my cousin and we may be staying for the fireworks at night if she can get the tickets. It has been raining all day here and I missed going to Hawk Mountain due to weather when I was just conveniently next door. Hopefully our trip tomorrow stays scheduled. A limo ride in style to the gardens is always fun. Anyway… here is the first in a series of posts from Winterthur, a great place to visit.
The Azalea and Rhododendron were in bloom at Winterthur in Winterthur, DE, when I visited the gardens with Carolyn from Carolyn’s Shade Gardens. We went in style in my Jeep… ya right! It has been many years since I was here and it was a beautiful day of sun and clouds to photograph the gardens. Rain only started here a few days later into my trip.
Rain was in the forecast for Winterthur, but none ruined this trip. I remember growing Azaleas at my Pennsylvania home, but they grow poorly in Niagara Falls. The Rhododendron on the other hand, grow well here. The azalea and Rhodies were making a show in all parts of Winterthur.
If you are interested in any plant species at Winterthur, they have them listed by area. The Azalea Woods plants are found here. There are 17 native azalea in North America, but I read on Winterthur’s site that many of their collection are exotics. Check out their online database for all plants and reference map to location.
“In the Winterthur Garden the flora, consisting mainly of naturalized exotics, is arranged to appear as if it grew spontaneously, planted in large drifts and grouped with other plants that harmonize in color and form.” (source)
Even if you are not a fan of Azalea or Rhododendron, they make a pretty spectacular show in Spring. The most showing of the azalea are in Azalea Woods, an eight acre area of white, pink, coral, and red azalea. Other plants were blooming that you will see in an upcoming post, like the Viburnum and Cotoneaster as large as small trees. The Buckeyes were beautiful in flower also.
The azalea brighten a darkened forest walkway and go well skirted with bulbs and bluebells.
Flame azalea is a native to the Appalachian Mountain areas in the Eastern US. It is more tolerant of drier soils than the exotic varieties. When we were at Winterthur, they were installing irrigation in the Azalea Woods. I was at the Jenkins Arboretum where they have a huge collection of Azalea and Rhododendron, and I noticed the irrigation heads throughout.
Sorry some of the images are overly contrasted. The sun kept popping in and out making for a lot of different camera settings. I really wanted the combination of plants below and it was in one of these pockets of bright sun. I thought the colors very pretty and delicate.
Lavender Dame’s Rocket and Spanish Bluebells underplant many of the trees and shrubs in a soft blue carpet.
In the collection, they have:
Hyacinthoides hispanica (Spanish Bluebells)
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (English Bluebells)
Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells)
Golden Lights Azalea is on the property by the Snowball Viburnum and fronting the Metasequoia, Dawn Redwood. I was really surprised at the size of this tree. I am not sure if this is Golden Lights but they have them planted in two locations, according to their map.
Next post is on a real feature of the Winterthur gardens. It was my favorite area for this time of year – The Quarry Gardens. I will follow-up with Winterthur’s Peonies, the Enchanted Garden, and a post showing the formal gardens around the mansion.
Then, we will visit more gardens – the Jenkins Arboretum, Chanticleer, Scott Arboretum, and Longwoods. I am having a wonderful bloom filled vacation.