You Can Bank On Beauty At Winterthur

(credit: Laszlo Bodo, Winterthur)

(credit: Laszlo Bodo, Winterthur)

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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - It’s called the March Bank at Winterthur, where a succession of bulbs heralds the spring in a dramatically simple way.

Each year tens of thousands of bulbs dot the hillside: White snowdrops, yellow Adonis and winter aconite, blue ‘glory-of-the-snow’, purple crocuses and scilla, plus golden little daffodils followed by taller narcissus too. It’s always breathtaking, and since this year things there are blooming a bit later, that means you still have plenty of time to see it.

The March Bank is only the beginning of the naturalistic gardens to enjoy at Winterthur, full of blossoms and beauty throughout the seasons – including the East Terrace, pictured here exploding in color. And while you may not keep official bloom records as many arboretums do, it’s a good idea to keep some track of what blooms when in your garden, to help you plan when you’re planting something new.

So take a few notes of how things are doing in your garden this year, and consider taking a trip to Wilmington to visit the March Bank at Winterthur, which will still be stunning well into April too.

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