Archive for February, 2011

Morning Eye Candy: Meet the Stars of ‘The Orchid Show: On Broadway’

Posted in Photography on February 28th, 2011 by Plant Talk – 1 Comment

In anticipation of opening day of The Orchid Show: On Broadway, we decided to dedicate this week’s “Morning Eye Candy” posts to the cast of characters that will play both starring roles and bit parts in the Garden‘s ode to all things orchid and Broadway.

The Leading Lady

(photo by Mark Pfeffer)

Morning Eye Candy: Gentle Giant

Posted in Photography on February 27th, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

Gentle Giant

Quercus velutina – Black Oak (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Morning Eye Candy: Grid

Posted in Photography on February 26th, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

The pattern formed by the panes of glass in the Conservatory bring a little bit of Manhattan’s grid to the winding, wending paths of the Garden.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Morning Eye Candy: The Disattired Trees

Posted in Photography on February 25th, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
Winter Trees ~ William Carlos Williams
Winter Trees
(photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Morning Eye Candy: Ferns in a Jar

Posted in Photography on February 24th, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

What you see are teeny, tiny proto ferns. Ferns have a two-stage lifecycle, and these little gametophyte-stage ferns will soon produce sporophytes that will grow into the beautiful, fanned greenery we’re more used to seeing.

Fern Gametophyte

Fern Gametophytes (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Sneak Peek: ‘The Orchid Show: On Broadway’

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions, The Orchid Show on February 23rd, 2011 by Plant Talk – 1 Comment

Behind the Scenes at The Orchid Show: On BroadwayOpening night for The Orchid Show: On Broadway is getting closer by the day, and that means that Garden staff are hard at work wrangling orchids inside the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. We thought you might like a sneak peek before the curtain comes up on this flower show full of showstoppers, star turns, and old favorites.

But that’s not all! The Orchid Show: On Broadway will also feature live music on weekends at the Broadway Cabaret; the opportunity to view rarely seen works by the don of Broadway, Al Hirschfeld, during Hirschfeld’s Broadway Scrapbook; and to attend classes, talks, and tours that will help demystify the art of caring for orchids at home.

Catch the first glimpse of The Orchid Show: On Broadway below!

Morning Eye Candy: Do Not Touch

Posted in Photography on February 23rd, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

It may look soft and fuzzy, and maybe even a wee bit cute, but this little cactus in the Deserts of the Americas house in the Conservatory is none of the things. Except maybe a little cute.

Conservatory Cactus

(photo by Ann Rafalko)

New Container Candidates

Posted in Gardening Tips on February 22nd, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

It’s still early yet, but time to start thinking about what we are going to plant in our containers this year. The catalogs have been out now for a while and we have had our chance to peruse what is new and exciting in the horticultural world.

The new options this year are a lot of fun and they are not shy. Ball Horticultural Company has come out with a series of three velvety black petunias that will knock your socks off – and yes – black means black.

Petunia ‘Black Velvet’ is the pure black petunia that is a soft and sensuous as it name suggests. ‘Phantom’ and ‘Pinstripe’ are two variations on the theme. The former has a bright yellow star pattern that is offset by the black background while the latter has the same pattern in a smaller muted cream and bleeding pink color.

The grower reminds us the ‘everything goes with black’ – and it should. These are three very adaptable container companions. They have a nice compact mounding habit – 8-12 inches in height and spread. They should be widely available this year. Burpee is selling the all black petunia under the name ‘Black Cat’.

If black is the color of the year – you might also be interested in Calibrachoa Superbells ‘Blackberry Punch’. The flowers are magenta but the large throat on this plant is velvet black. ‘Blackberry Punch’ is a trailer that grows 12 inches high and wide yet will spill over your container and trail up to 36 inches.    read more »

Morning Eye Candy: The Many Colors of Witch-Hazel

Posted in Photography on February 21st, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

Witch-Hazel isn’t just an effective folk remedy, it’s also a beautiful, early-blooming plant that can provide fabulous color to your late-winter garden.

Hamamelis mollis

Hamamelis mollis (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Peel'

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Orange Peel’ (Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Hamamelis vernalis

Hamamelis vernalis (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Morning Eye Candy: Excuse Me Sir, Could You Spare a Peanut?

Posted in Photography on February 20th, 2011 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

We know they’re just squirrels, but we can’t help it. They really are pretty funny animals.

Do you have food?

Do you have food? (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)