The heart is a The thousand-stringed instrument That can only be tuned with Love.
The most stunning example (and true staff favorite) is Prunus pendula var. ascendens, one of the biggest and most beautiful cherries on our grounds. It is situated just above Wamsler Rock (the big outcropping you can see from the main Tram Stop near the Visitor Center), at the juncture of the Rock Garden and the soon-to-open Native Plant Garden.
In addition, the monumental sculptures of Manolo Valdés are getting serious backup from a few stunning trees, the tulips are starting to lend bold shots of color to our landscape, and the topiary in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden have put on their summer frocks.
The weather this spring is proving perfect for blossom longevity, so many of the plants that we reported as blooming last week and the week before are still looking gorgeous. For day-to-day updates on what we’re seeing around grounds, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter where we post daily updates from our staff and visitors. Also, need help getting around? Our iPhone app can help out there. It’s free and available in the App Store. ~AR
Beautiful and fragrant pansy orchids @nybg #orchidshow (at New York Botanical Garden)
Summer in the city can be especially hot and sticky, because urban heat islands exacerbate the warm weather. Researchers at Berkeley Lab are testing materials that battle that effect, making pavements cooler and safer.
Get ready, summer is around the corner! Our 50-acre old growth Forest is an especially great place to beat the heat, for humans and animals alike. ~AR
What’s in bloom now at NYBG? Oh so much! The cherry blossoms are beginning, but for the moment they are eclipsed by the wonderful (and fragrant!) magnolias. Daffodils are popping up all over, Siberian squills are creating drifts in many of our gardens, and the azaleas are starting to provide a girly blush to the hillsides of the Azalea Garden.
The warmth of the last two days made many of our blooms pop, and now these more seasonal, cooler days will allow those blooms to hold on through the weekend. Combine what’s outside on our 150 acres with the spectacular Orchid Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and I really can’t think of a single reason to not come for a visit! ~AR
ps - Here’s what we reported to be in bloom last week. Many of these beauties are lingering, so be sure to keep an eye out for them, too.
And to think I thought I was done with tree silhouette photographs for the season. Just gorgeous! ~AR
If you look very closely, that’s a muskrat swimming across the Bronx River.
‘Okame’ cherry near the Library Building is the first to bloom at NYBG!
Look who I spotted hanging out on a Viburnum x bodantense ‘Dawn’ on the Ladies’ Border today. I think it’s a Mourning Cloak Butterfly, Nymphallis antiopa, but I’m not sure. Any entomologists out there that can confirm that? Looks like the poor girl had a rough winter! She was so happy sipping up the nectar she let me shoot her for several minutes. It was delightful, and boy does that Viburnum smell wonderful! ~AR
Botanical Gardens Orchid Show
A few pics I took
So! Much! Color!!
In case you need some understanding of what you’re looking at, there’s a Manolo Valdés sculpture, some neotropical blueberries in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a few images from The Orchid Show, and of course, the ever famous jade vine. As you can see, there’s plenty to do around our 250 acres at the moment, and that’s before spring really kicks in! ~AR
Here it is! Your handy guide to what’s in bloom at the NYBG, and probably across New York City, too. I know I saw a blooming Viburnum on the High Line not too long ago, and I have spotted several crocuses and daffodils in pocket parks. I’ll try to do another one of these each week for the next few weeks so you’ll always know what you’re talking about, at least when it comes to flowers and blossoming trees and shrubs. ~AR
This is what our grounds looked like a year ago (minus one day). Let’s just say things are moving a wee bit more slowly this year. But never fear! Blossom time is near!
Mar 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.
On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.
Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
As we wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe!
Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013 (Diana Alvarenga)
Flowers from the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. The show runs until April 22, 2013.
In case you’re wondering, yes those are the real colors of The Orchid Show! No filters needed here. ~AR