April 12th, 2010


Poem for Monday and Du Pont Estates

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We spent a glorious spring day in the Brandywine Valley with dementordelta at Winterthur and Longwood Gardens. We drove first to Delaware to visit Winterthur, where the azaleas are not yet in bloom but the bluebells, redbuds, magnolias, dogwoods, and beds of daffodils are -- plus three colors of trillium, including one with marbled leaves. We got off the tram at the children's garden, where we had a picnic overlooking the labyrinth after visiting the stone circle, Maypole, and fairy cottages. Then we went to see the soup tureens and reflecting pool (with many resident frogs) before touring the fifth and sixth floors of the mansion, which include guest rooms, the conservatory, the dining room, and the Montmorenci staircase.

After walking back to the visitor center through the trees, we drove to Longwood, where we became members so we can go back in other seasons. There's a new exhibit, Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance, in the conservatory with a display on perfume-making and bottles, plus dozens of fragrant plants all over the estate labeled for their aromatic properties. There are hundreds of tulips in bloom outdoors, and a huge array of color in the conservatory, which also has roses, palms, cacti, bonsai, orchids, and room after room of herbs. We stopped for a quick dinner at Subway before driving back to Maryland under a glowing pink sunset, then we watched the season premiere of The Tudors, which makes the Du Pont lifestyle look low-key!

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