Blooming Windmills, Big Figs, Naturalized Magnolias in Rehoboth
I went to see a friend's garden in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware today. Like many palmy gardeners, they are hidden out of common site by his back porch. If only big beefy palms like this were more visible in our area. Everyone seems to keep their beauty to themselves.
All of the windmills are blooming together for the first time. It looks like he has both male and female trees, so should have a bumper crop of seeds this fall/winter.
Someone on this site once said that you can tell a lot about a growing zone based on how well Southern Magnolias and Fig trees do out in the open and unprotected. These are some of the biggest fig trees in the area--15 to 20 feet, I guess-- and are not protected by a wall, or a house. They are already full of big fruit. This one is in The Pines Neighborhood and is across the street from the beach, buffered by a thicket of loblolly pines and dunes.
This fig tree in the Lake Gerrar Neighborhood is a few blocks back from the ocean and on the lake. It's taller than the other tree, but not as robust because it's under big loblolly pines, but it's fruit is really impressive for May 1st!
These appear nearly full-sized already...
Southern Magnolias are very common in Southern Delaware and get to very impressive sizes considering they are not native here. These magnolias in the next few pics took me completely off guard as they were naturalized along the beach drive out to Cape Henlopen State Park. They are right underneath telephone wires, so I assume that birds ate and deposited them. The first one is already close to 20' tall and on the beach side of the highway, just behind the scrub pines and beach dunes.
Close up of the leaves.
There were several other smaller Southern Magnolias growing in the tangle of pines, grasses and bayberry along the other side of the beach road.
This one also took me by surprise. It looks like camellia growing wild on the edge of an undeveloped and protected woodland. I can't imagine someone planted it here of all places. I seldom see Camellias with seeds on them, so hard to imagine that they have naturalized, but still interesting foliage under the big loblolly pines in the Pines Neighborhood.
The beach roses are already blooming. They are wild with either pink or white flowers, and only grow within a very limited zone near the ocean. Although I've seen some in gardens. I think of them as a June flower, so this was another nice surprise today. Their fragrance is like no other rose; a hybrid tea can't compare.
Parting shot of North Shores/Gordons Pond Beach at Cape Henlopen State Park. The two towers are WWII look out towers, part of a defensive system of towers and guns along the DE and NJ coast. Most of the towers are on the DE side, concentrated around the mouth of the Delaware Bay, set up to protect the Navy Bases, refineries and ports in the Philadelphia area, 120 miles up the Bay and River. Thanks for viewing.