Spring Flower Show
Every May the University of Delaware's Agriculture Department holds a plant and flower show. You can browse the unique creations students and faculty have nurturing all year and also get great deals on spring and summer plants and flowers. The show is staffed by ag science faculty and students who are great about answering even the simplest question. They'll walk you through the steps to making your home garden fabulous.
The show usually runs Friday through Sunday, the earlier you go the better selection you'll have because not everything can be restocked and this is a huge local draw.
Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, dazzling fountains, opulent conservatory, starlit theatre, thunderous organ—all describe the magic of Longwood Gardens, a horticultural showstopper where the gardening arts are encased in classic forms and enhanced by machine-age technology. Many generations helped create Longwood, but one individual—Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), industrialist, conservationist, farmer, designer, engineer, impresario, and philanthropist—made the most enduring contribution.
Longwood has more fountains than any other garden in the United States and compares favorably with the great water displays of Europe. Pierre du Pont was passionate about fountains and created three separate fountain gardens and an assortment of smaller water features. Today, these are being maintained, restored, and, in some cases, expanded for the amazement of visitors from around the world.
Day lilies are a beautiful and easy perennial flower to grow in the US> With their long blooming periods and low maintenance requirements, they are the perfect addition to any landscape.
Day lilies are of the family, in the genus hemerocallis - hemero is the Greek for "day" and callis for "beauty." Therefore , "day lily" means "beauty for a day." The day lilies we see today have been developed from native Chinese species. Early settlers from Asia and Europe brought many of the original species with them to America.
Thanks to hybridizers, day lilies are now available in a variety of forms, sizes and colors. Color selection includes shades yellow, pink, purple and near white. They also come in several color patterns, either one color, a blending of two or more colors, or bicolor, which occurs when the petals and sepals are different colors.
"Hardy day Flowering Wateriliy"
Water lily is a common name for a small family of aquatic plants. The water lily's scientific family is Nympheaceae of the order Nymphaeales. The representative genus of the family is Nymphaea.
There are about 70 different species of water lilies. These are grouped into: night, tropical and hardy. Night lilies bloom in the night. Tropical lilies can be found in tropical climates and bloom at all times of the day. Hardy lilies are able to withstand most conditions and are the most common.
The water lily has long, stout leaves and long flower stalks. There are usually six petals and six stamen. Water lilies are also able to reproduce by budding. The roots detach and grow into new water lilies. The root of the lily is located in the mud at the bottom of a pond. Many lilies are produced through budding.
Water lilies are in danger because the wetlands are in danger. The wetlands are home to many species and the water lily is included. People are constantly draining the wetlands and do not know the species they are destroying: cattails, beavers, ducks, and water lilies just to name a few. Water lilies are able to reproduce rapidly, but if there is no where to reproduce, (like the wetland) it becomes impossible for reproduction.
"The Brazilian Plume"
Scientific Name: Jacobinia carnea
Origin: Columbia, Ecuador, Brazil
Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub 3 to 5 feet tall (90-150 cm), 3 feet spread (90 cm); ovate leaves, more or less pubescent, 6 to 8 inches long (15-20 cm)
Various shade of pink, red, yellow, orange or white flowers, in thick spikes and stem tips, from early summer to fall. The cultivar 'Alba' has white flowers.
"Winter of 2001"
This is how Longwood was the first time we visited. Could only see the indoor gardens and green houses!
Last month got to see everything else!
"The Cactus Display"
The cactus displays were beautiful.
Had no idea so many tyoes of plants can grow in a barren desert!
"How to get there"
Route 1, PO Box 501
Kennett Square PA 19348-0501 USA