On a wildflower walk yesterday at the Mt. Cuba Center Greenville, Delaware, we saw not only the luscious Turtleheads (Chelone Glabra) but what the guides later told me was something that made the day a "7 Turtle Day." Who knew you could rate a day by the number of turtles sunning on a log in the pond? Former home of DuPont Co. president and Mrs. Lammot duPont Copeland, the 600 acre estate was transformed from a boring field into a treasure chest of native plants of the Appalachian Piedmont starting in the 1930's.
The above variety of Mt. Cuba scenes include the Obedient Plant (because the individual flowere can be turned in the desired direction and stay there), bog garden stars called White Trumpets, and the gate at the entrance to the property which features depictions of some of the plants found on the property.
I am going to leave you with a picture of the exterior of the house, which was designed by local architects and duPont family members Victorine and Samuel Homsey, and one of the conservatory, which has a sweeping view of the landscape created by Thomas W. Sears and duPont family favorite Marian Coffin, who worked at nearby Winterthur, among other places. For details on visiting the property by appointment only, see http://www.mtcubacenter.org/