Three years ago I visited the March Bank at Winterthur. That was before I began this journal so I never posted on what I found there. It was spectacular. H. F. DuPont created magnificent gardens on his “Country Estate,” Winterthur. The March Bank, a part of it, contains thousands of “Glory of the Snow”…Chionodoxa Lucilliae, and Siberian Squill…Scilla Siberica, all of which blanket the hillsides in a stunning March display of lush color. Here is one image from that visit, and more can be seen in the gallery I made at that time.
During that visit I was told that the azaleas would be in bloom in May in their section of the landscape known as Azalea Woods. Well it took three years but we finally returned and it was superb. We took the 25 minute tram ride from the Vistor’s Center which gives one an overview of the main gardens. Then we returned to Azalea Woods and browsed.
Every effort was made to create informal forest scenes. There are curved paths through the woods and ’round every bend there is another beautiful scene. Intermixed in the ground cover there are clusters of wild flowers including white, yellow and red Trillium and other flowers beyond my botanical knowledge to identify.
Many plants are old enough to be well up towards the tree canopy, and one can stand under them for yet another experience.
For others, I confess to having hunkered down in order to shoot up into back lit blossoms.
It was a rewarding and enjoyable visit. In about two weeks the Peony Garden will be in bloom. We saw the swollen buds waiting for a little more sunshine. Meanwhile, there were just plenty of azaleas to enjoy amongst the tall trees and the emerging forest bed greenery.