Winterthur in Spring

Credited to Ray Magnani/Courtesy, Winterthur
Credited to Ray Magnani/Courtesy, Winterthur
Today, today they may be in full glory or tomorrow, by Friday Winterthur's '"blue phase' of the March Bank ... squill and glory of the snow are the two most prominent blue flowers blooming during this time ... the view extends up and down across the hillsides of the March Bank and is a fleeting, but breathtaking pleasure.  We expect the full blue bloom to hit within the next 1-3 days ... and then, it’s only in full bloom for a few brief days before it starts to fade back," writes Vicki Saltzman, spokesperson for the former home and gardens of Henry du Pont in Winterthur, Delaware. In the February issue of Southern Living Magazine, they call the blue phase “a cerulean swath of sapphire hail.”
Jeannette Lindvig/Courtesy, Winterthur
Jeannette Lindvig/Courtesy, Winterthur
Here's "a view from the March Bank looking back towards the Winterthur House. Our garden team estimates that, between original plantings and the naturalization of bulbs over the last 70 years, there is somewhere between 2-3 million bulbs on the March Bank.  They begin with a white phase (snowdrops), then move into yellow (predominantly amur Adonis), and then to the blue phase.  The daffodils then punctuate the blue phase at the end of the cycle, adding a bolt of yellow sunshine to the blue hillsides," adds Ms. Saltzman, Senior Director of Communications at Winterthur. Go to:  www.winterthur.org

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