Supposedly Washington will escape snow this winter. We’re having a cold snap with temps in the mid-30’s F. Lots of things are in bloom. The witch hazels are coming out. This one, at Dumbarton Oaks, was magical in the afternoon sunlight.
I was there with my niece. We didn’t spend much time in the garden, but I wanted to check whether the flowering quince on the south lawn had blossomed. They were still in bud.
We went to the museum inside the house, which is an amazing collection of works on landscape architecture, Byzantine art and pre-Columbian art. There are circular rooms by Philip Johnson that are echo chambers and whispering galleries when you’re close to the center. It’s a fabulous place. Outside, snowdrops were out.
And there were crocuses and Siberian squill. I don’t know what those yellow things are.
And speaking of that, I’m taking advantage of the amazing knowledge in the community to ask what this thing is. It’s in a courtyard where I work, and because it’s off the cafeteria, I hadn’t noticed it, because I take my lunch in almost all the time.
But let me tell you, it caught my eye.
And I haven’t got a clue.
Help! and have a great week.