Archive for July, 2011

Morning Eye Candy: In the Changing Light

Posted in Photography on July 31st, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – Be the first to comment

Brimming the trees with song
they flood July, spill over into
August pulsing lovecries,
cicadas here …

In the Changing Light ~ Carter Revard

The Forest

Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Flowery Furnace

Posted in Photography on July 30th, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – 1 Comment

Mandevilla sanderi 'Red Riding Hood'

Mandevilla sanderi ‘Red Riding Hood’ (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Video Plant Profile: Buckeyes ”Buck” the Trend

Posted in Video on July 28th, 2011 by Rustin Dwyer – 1 Comment

In the heat of the summer (and this one has especially been hot!), there are some beautiful blossoms to behold. From daylilies, hibiscus, waterlilies and of course roses, summer gardens everywhere are swelling with colorful buds. But the same just can’t be said for most woody plants.

That’s what makes the subject of this week’s video plant profile so special. In the summer heat, most woody plants have no showy flowers, but the genus Aesculus, more commonly known as buckeye, “buck”s that trend.

Check out the video below hosted by Plant Records Manager Jon Peter as he covers a few of the many types of Aesculus you can see at the Garden, and who knows, maybe in your own backyard?


Previous Video Plant Profiles:

The Cottonwood Tree

Rhodedendron

Magnolia

Galanthus

Morning Eye Candy: Reflective

Posted in Photography on July 28th, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – Be the first to comment

Conservatory

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

Morning Eye Candy: Bee-utiful

Posted in Photography on July 27th, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – Be the first to comment

Hibiscus 'Kopper King'

Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Chilling Out At the Garden: Wildlife

Posted in Wildlife on July 26th, 2011 by Thomas Andres – 3 Comments
Thomas C. Andres is an Honorary Research Associate at the Garden.

Humans weren’t the only ones suffering during last week’s record-breaking heatwave. The Garden’s plants and animals were also feeling the heat. And while the plants relied upon human-intervention to maintain their cool, the Garden’s feathered and fluffy residents were able to take matters into their own hands, paws, and wings.

Coping Mechanism One: Cool Off the Belly On a Mossy Tree Trunk

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Coping Mechanism Two: Sip a Mimosa

Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail feeding on the nectar of a Mimosa tree, Albizia julibrissin

More coping mechanisms below!

Morning Eye Candy: This is New York!

Posted in Photography on July 25th, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – Be the first to comment

Not the Rockies. Not the Adirondacks. Not the Appalachians. This is the Bronx.

Ferns & Rocks

Wilderness (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Previous This is New York! post:

Fields of Gold

Morning Eye Candy: Macro Hemerocallis

Posted in Around the Garden on July 24th, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – 1 Comment

What’s macro Hemerocallis? Nope, not a superhero. It’s some really cool macro shots of daylilies.

Hemerocallis 'Chateau Defleur'

Hemerocallis ‘Chateau Defleur’

Hemerocallis 'Greta'

Hemerocallis ‘Greta’

Hemerocallis 'Erin Praire'

Hemerocallis ‘Erin Praire’

Photos by Ivo M. Vermeulen

 

Morning Eye Candy: Late Entrants

Posted in Photography on July 23rd, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – Be the first to comment

The rosy-hued beauties didn’t get the memo that Summer Color Week was last week!

Echinacea purpurea 'Vintage Wine'

Echinacea purpurea ‘Vintage Wine’

Coreopsis 'Garnet'

Coreopsis ‘Garnet’

Hibiscus 'Sweet Caroline'

Hibiscus ‘Sweet Caroline’

Photos by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Bed in Summer

Posted in Photography on July 22nd, 2011 by Ann Rafalko – Be the first to comment

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Bed in Summer ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Sky over the Conservatory

Sky Over the Conservatory (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Special thank you to Twitter user @oregonclematis, aka Linda Beutler, for the poem suggestion!