Friday, July 21, 2017

Several Things I Rested my Eyes On This Week

A grouping of coneflowers between daylily seed pods and some cherry laurels

A splash of red behind a fence

Petals and flowers moved by the wind.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hot + Humid, Hibiscus 🌺 like Hawai'i Summer Day

There's a heat advisory for New York today on account of the (how shall I put it?) "tropical" weather we are having. It's hot hot hot and humid. Is it just me or does it seem like even the flowers are in on making New York seem like the tropics today?

Hibiscus flowers (these are two different species) certainly make me think of Hawai'i.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Conifer Cone Challenge for Google

I'm not sure where I was on the internet when I read that Google will be able to someday identify all plants. I don't think the article claimed google could do this just by cones alone, but I am curious as to what I will find if I do an image search with these conifer cone pictures.

I could be wrong but I doubt Gooble is anywhere near out-identifying gardeners and botanists today.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quick Bee Hunt

I wanted to see if I could snap a picture of a pollinator today so I headed to a plant I figured might have some visitors and this Liatris, an American wildflower,  did not disappoint.

A big patch of Lysimachia clethroides was also a hot spot for bees and wasps. And while I got no pictures, I spotted pollinators visiting some Summersweet, Vitex and Russian sage on my quick bee hunt as well. Success!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Chasing Schmetterlings

At least once every summer you should find yourself spending part of the morning or afternoon chasing schmetterlings (which someone recently told me is the German word for butterflies). I was stalking some schmetterlings over by a bottlebrush buckeye yesterday afternoon, but only managed to capture this one Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, which I will say is male after consulting my favorite insect ID site, with the camera.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

On A Bench with Vitex, the Chaste Tree

I spent a few dreamy minutes on a bench with Vitex, the Chaste tree, next to me, watching bees dart in and out of the flowers and shadows dance in today's summer breeze and bright sun.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

It's Crepe Myrtle Time Again

And if the number of pictures I have taken of Crepe Myrtles over time indicates anything, it's probably that I'm a bit of a fan of them even when they aren't in bloom.

Friday, July 14, 2017

I Take My Walking Slow

I take my walking slow.

And as the poem by Roethke goes, I learn by going where I have to go.

What is there to know?

Anemones bloom.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nicotiana Break

As the rain dissipated and the sky cleared yesterday, I took a little break near a tall flowering tobaccy plant.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two Seasons, Same Spot, Same Plant --Oakleaf Hyrdrangea

What remains of an Oakleaf Hyndrangea's bloom and bracts --winter 2017

The beauty of this season will endure longer than you might think is possible.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Drawn, Like Bees (and me) to the Summersweet

Drawn, like bees (and me) to the summersweet, doesn't quite roll of the tongue like moths to the flame. Still there we both were this afternoon, compelled by different desires, at the Summersweet. The bees wanted lunch. I had already eaten.

It's too bad the point and shoot can only capture images and not scents. Because if you get within a few feet of the Summersweet and the blooms don't entice you to get a little closer, the fragrance will probably do the trick.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

American Beauties

If they make it on Piet Oudolf's list of preferred perennials, well surely there is a reason (or more than one) for that and who am I to argue?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Yes, Virginia, There is such a thing as a free lunch or at least a free snack

You just have to find a mulberry tree right now. I found mine around the corner from the library just walking down the street.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Today's Weed: Queen Anne's Lace

Since I have never taken a poll I can't say Queen Anne's Lace is officially on a top ten list of everyone's favorite weeds, but my hunch is it might win a spot on such a list.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Window Shopping

I had no intention of buying anything but wandered into Home Depot's garden section just to spend some time looking at plants and seeing what they had for sale.

I got in a quick flower fix, (some bees were doing the same) and then I was off.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A July Past's Bouquet From My Dad's Yard

I just came upon this picture dated July, 2nd from 2015 of a bouquet I made one late afternoon from what was blooming and growing in my dad's garden. It kind of makes me want to go outside right now with some clippers on a mission to snip just enough for a small bouquet.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

So This Happened This Week

Since winter's end and spring's arrival when the first new growth of the year emerged from below the surface, these summer blooming perennials have mostly been just slowly growing and they have mostly been just green leaves and stems. This week though, this happened and the shift seems not so slow at all or subtle. I'm far from any prairie, but I imagine that right now would be a good time to see one, if these North American prairie plants are any indicator of some of the beauty that might be witnessed in the moment.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bottlebrush Buckeye Blooms

Today's tongue twister is: Bottlebrush Buckeye Blooms. Because it does. It's July and one thing in bloom outside now in New York is the Bottlebrush Buckeye.