A Late-Morning February Walk

After a few more cold and wet days the sun returned today and we enjoyed an ever so brief walk at Duke Gardens this morning. This garden is interesting at every visit, but it was reserved and understated today. The terrace gardens are immaculately groomed and primed to burst into color soon, with all the beds full of the green leaves of emerging bulbs.

Bright red berries of Ilex verticillata (Winterberry holly) stood out at the Perennial Allée entrance.

Perennial Allée, Duke Gardens

Perennial Allée, Duke Gardens

Winterberry Holly, Perennial Allée, Duke Gardens

Winterberry Holly, Perennial Allée, Duke Gardens

The allee is planted with cherry trees and sedge [Carex ‘Amazon Mist’ (New Zealand hair sedge), I think. Need to verify during next visit.]

Winterberry Holly, Perennial Allée, Duke Gardens

Winterberry Holly, Perennial Allée, Duke Gardens

On our way out we stopped and watched a couple of mallards enjoying the water.

Mallard Ducks, Duke Gardens

Mallard Ducks, Duke Gardens

Mallard Duck, Duke Gardens

Mallard Duck, Duke Gardens

Mallard Duck, Duke Gardens

Mallard Duck, Duke Gardens

12 thoughts on “A Late-Morning February Walk

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Your garden is probably a favorite destination for birds. Winterberry has caught my eye in several gardens this year–maybe time to find for me to make a spot for it.

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  1. sweetbay103

    Today was nice wasn’t it?! So much better than Friday and Saturday.

    I haven’t been to Duke Gardens in ages but I really want to go this year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes it was great. In a few more weeks Duke Gardens should be full of tulips and daffodils.We always plan to go back the next week or so but get busy and forget for a while. Then we’ve missed the tulips, but something is always going on. Thanks for dropping by.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, it is a nice garden to visit anytime. Glad you enjoyed this little mini-tour. The sunshine was so welcome, but clouds are back today and it’s much colder.

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