gardens: The Golden Hour in My Garden - 09/16/12 09:13 AM
The Golden Hour has been getting later each morning, and now around 7:30 a.m. I see the sun shining through the star clematis on my arbor outside my kitchen window. It looks like a golden cloud hovering over the arbor, and I just had to take a picture of it! When you look at it with a run through Picasa's Vignette setting, it looks like there is a "golden path" leading to the arbor!
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gardens: Winterthur Museum and Gardens Show Off Their Peonies - 05/22/12 01:53 AM
Yes, Historic Home fans will love all the over 100 period rooms incorporated into Winterthur Museum and love seeing its gardens outside of Wilmington, Delaware,  but on Sunday, I saw the peony collection as it was in full bloom. With the quirky weather, you never know when the perfect day will be, but the end of May was ideal for me. Enjoy some of the pictures from this fantastic garden begun early in the 20th Century by Henry Francis duPont.


gardens: Day In Old New Castle Coming Up Saturday - 05/17/12 12:08 AM
Every year on the third Saturday in May, Old New Castle in Delaware holds it's biggest event, Day in Old New Castle.  And this year, as in countless years past, a friend and I will be part of the cadre of volunteer docents greeting visitors to various historic homes.
Not only will you be able to visit shops, museums, and private homes between 10 AM and 5 PM, but some pretty spectacular gardens will also be open (pictures are: Packet Alley on The Strand and flower on the 2010 tour). There will be music, dancing, and change bell ringing … (2 comments)

gardens: Water in Your Birdbath? That Will Be $300 - 04/23/12 03:10 AM
This headline in today's New York Times attracted my attention, being the owner of a back yard birdbath.
It seems homeowners are getting certified letters that their birdbaths are a hazzard and "standing" or "stagnant" (officials  have differing definitions) water can be a source of West Nile virus.  The owner of the featured birdbath says he changes the water every couple of days.
Picture: Birdbath minding own business.
  Picture: Robin waiting to take bath
All I can say is that as much as I love NYC, I am glad I live in a place where there are … (4 comments)

gardens: The Barnes Has Left the Building, Part II - 07/04/11 11:11 AM
As promised in my last Barnes blog, I am featuring the Barnes Arboretum in Merion, Pennsylvania today. Not much has been said lately about the grounds of the Barnes Museum since the move to the Parkway in Philadelphia was announced. When I was there last week, some volunteers working in the garden said that the grounds would be closed for at least a year while the museum contents were being moved, but they didn't know any details.
The history of the garden goes back to the original owner of … (0 comments)

gardens: Magnolias and Bloodroot And More Are In Bloom At Winterthur - 04/20/11 04:53 AM
A walk around the gardens at Winterthur Museum on Sunday found all kinds of flowers in bloom, from the magnolias and the hillside of bloodroot above, to the lawn strewn with cherry blossom petals and the flowering quince below.
Every year when I stroll around the grounds, I say to myself how great it would be to have flowering quince or spirea in my yard. But then I sit down and look around at the wonderful vistas at Winterthur and think how lucky I am  to have all the work done by professionals and always ready for my visit … (4 comments)

gardens: Adonis And Friends Appear On the Grounds of Winterthur Gardens - 03/12/11 08:49 AM

A guided tour of the gardens at the Winterthur estate today was led by the Director of the Gardens, Chris Strand. The air was chilly, but it attracted quite a crowd, who dutifully trekked behind Chris, trying to learn a few factoids they didn't already know.
OK, so Amur Adonis, on the left, was a new one to me--the taller yellow blooms and  ferny foliage can be differentiated from the smaller Winter Aconites, (below)  which appear in large patches on the hillsides at Winterthur in March.

Other stars today included the numerous Snowdrops, which apparently have naturalized over … (0 comments)

gardens: A Trip to Winterthur Museum and Gardens - 08/15/09 11:13 AM
 Winterthur, an American country estate, is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist. In the early 20th century, H. F. du Pont and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th- and19th-century European country houses.
A visit there today proved to be most interesting, one of the reasons being I thought I knew the paths through the gardens. Well, they moved them, actually a good idea for a hot afternoon, because I was able to stay in lots of shady areas. They have also added a feature--a small … (2 comments)

gardens: Visit one of Wilmington's Historic Estates - 07/01/08 09:13 AM
Nemours Mansion and Gardens 
This 1910 Mansion has just completed a 39 million dollar restoration of the house and gardens. It was designed for Alfred I. DuPont by Carrere and Hastings and includes the largest formal French gardens in North America. The house contains more than 70 rooms on 5 floors occupying nearly 47,000 square feet. Don't miss the fabulous paintings, beautiful furniture, and fun things like the bowling allley, billiards room, immaculate boilers, and a giant ice-making apparatus.  For a reserved tour, call Toll Free:  1-800-651-6912. 

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