Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Late in the Year to Fall in Love, But Here I Go Again

I didn't think I would meet a new crush so late in the year, but when I got close to this jam-packed planter, I spotted some foliage that just knocked me out.

The slender silvery striped foliage made quite the side spiller in that planter, I thought and that was it for me.

Then I bumped into this sweet-looking fern again. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

At that Weeping Katsura Again

Often the camera and its operator are no match for the subject. One or even two pictures don't seem to capture the what it's like to come upon this graceful Weeping Katsura. Maybe someday I will have to do some photo "stacking" like the photographer did for the books Seeing Trees, (Flowers & Seeds).

I guess you could say the Katsura is still a favorite of mine and that I have fallen hard and fast for a few of them over the years ever since seeing my first one at Brooklyn Botanic.

Friday, October 13, 2017

October in New York via Japan and Many Millenia

One thing I like about gardening, horticulture or growing vegetables is the near constant reminder that most "cultures" we speak of, whether ancient or far away, are/were rooted in this practice. People have been planting, growing and altering plants for tens of thousands of years all over the world and just one teeny result is my delight in passing anenomes and Japanese Maple leaves while walking through Hofstra this October morning.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Sun is Low Early Now

The sun is already low on the horizen early in the evening now, in this second week of October. The long days of summer are over and it won't be long now before the longest nights of the year are here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Coming and Going

The view looks pretty sweet to me either way. Sometimes it feels like people plant things just to delight me. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It Looks Like Autumn in New York

Even if it still feels more like late summer. Today's weather? Blue sky and yellow leaves.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Today's Weather

That yellow tulip tree leaf in a puddle at my feet says it's fall and pretty wet out today. Windy too.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Some Flower Visitors (Besides Me) From the Week

A monarch that hasn't headed south yet for the winter.

A fly that looks like a bee, possibly in the Syrphus genus.

And just one of the Painted Ladies from Friday mornings butterfly show. I wonder if these guys are migrating south now too?

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chasing Fall's Fleeting Color and Schmetterlings in the Morning

If you should spend at least one afternoon in summer chasing schmetterlings, it stands to reason that in the fall you shouldn't miss any chance to catch the season's fleeting colors while the getting is good.

While walking this morning, out of the corner of my eye I caught some vibrant fall color and had to make a detour just to get closer to it.

The detour to the Japanese cherry tree was doubly lucky and worth it then as I caught a Painted Lady butterfly show nearby too.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Some Roses

Its early October and some roses still bloom.

Others have dropped their petals, leaving star-shaped sepals in their stead.

Still others are in another stage entirely and already are bearing fruit.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Just Catching Some of the Last Light of the Day...

As the last light of the day comes earlier and earlier. Already the nighttime hours are longer than the daylight hours, though the weather in New York makes it still feel like late summer.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bit of Early Autumn's Color at my Feet

I passed an oak leaf nestled in a bed of pine needles that had also dropped and a Dahlia that must have been something else in full bloom.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Some Scenery From This Sunday's Sidewalk Hike

Passing a yellow Hibiscus, for a second it was as if I was transported to Hawai'i.

This summer's annuals, like purple Angelonia, were still going strong while some freshly planted fall annuals were on display in sidewalk planters.

I guess you could say I took the scenic route to my dad's Dahlias? It wasn't over a river or through the woods but there was plenty to see without leaving the pavement.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Something to Pay Attention to in Autumn Besides Leaves

In every season there is something to observe, admire and learn about plants. Fall is a good time to check out what's happening with grasses.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Not a Plant But Growing on One

I don't know what species of mushroom it is yet and perhaps never will, but from this vantage point it somewhat reminds me of a scallop shell.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

After Centuries of Cultivation

After centuries of cultivation, it should be no surprise when a Japanese Maple seems like an intentional work of art and takes your breath away.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

More Durable Than Delicate

Don't let the dainty looks fool you. Hydrangea bracts are more durable than delicate. Five months from now in the coldest winter when most branches are bare and you are inside much more than out, you may find them still hanging about.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Leaves of Some Things Other than Grass

It's the season we most associate with leaves again, though of course they don't all fall or change to spectacular colors worth ooh-ing and ah-ing about even and some are present on at least some plants outside in all the seasons. While none of the leaves pictured here are edibles and the spurge pictured above will actually release a poisonous, milky sap when cut that people can be highly allergic too, in a real way our lives are dependent on these leaves and the oxygen they provide.

That's kind of a heavy thought I guess, how important leaves actually are for people. And then when you think of how beautiful and varied they can also be, well it's enough to kind of knock you out, isn't it?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bright Sun and Bright Yellow Honey Locust Leaves on the Autumnal Equinox

Clear skies and honey locusts were a welcome sight this morning, after a spell of gray and unsettled weather, and seemed perfectly timed for the first day of fall.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Aristocrat of Fungi--Amanita

After less rain than expected following the recent hurricane, at my feet this morning I found something that looks like it belongs in the dictionary as a picture next to the word mushroom.  I'm pretty sure it's an Amanita, which I have just learned was referred to as the aristocrat of fungi in a book published on American fungi over a century ago. Going beyond genus though is way beyond my mushroom identification skills.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Black-eyed Susan's at Summer's End

The Black-eyed Susan's at summers end are more black-eyed than yellow-petaled, but still worth stopping beside for a minute or two.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Almost Autumn in New York

According to the calendar, fall will begin this Friday but the weather forecast for New York indicates that summery weather will continue to prevail for a bit. In the canopy, some leaves and trees are already changing as the daylight hours continue dwindling.

It's almost Autumn again in New York.