By Phran Novelli
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When you get the urge to take a ride and go see some spring flowers, try to get to Winterthur in Wilmington. True to its name, the March Bank at Winterthur is covered in color this month.
Following white snowdrops came a yellow carpet of winter aconite, that became a blanket of blue chionodoxa, crocus, and squills. The thrilling thing about the March Bank is that there is SO MUCH of it all – tens of thousands of each flower.
The oldest surviving garden at Winterthur, the March Bank’s been blooming since 1902 when Henry Francis du Pont began planting great swaths of daffodils there. You can download a neat little cheat sheet with photos of flowers that bloom on the March Bank Winterthur.org and here’s a link to what’s blooming week by week there GardenBlog.Winterthur.org.
Du Pont once said of his naturalistic garden at Winterthur,” “For me, color is the thing that counts more than any other.”
Go see the March Bank and you’ll know exactly what he meant.