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It’s been a steamy, sweltering week and the flowers that love this weather have welcomed it back with open petals. This is also prime time for ornamental alliums and the beginning of the poppies (my personal favorite) in the Perennial Garden, and foxgloves along the Seasonal Walk.
But the real stars of this week have nothing to do with flowers: This week is all about leaves, and shade. Step into the 50-acre Thain Family Forest and the ambient temperature drops by several degrees. The sounds of the city fall away. Head for the Canoe Portage (marked by signs) and pull up a rock to sit alongside New York City’s only freshwater river for a spot. I guarantee you’ll feel more relaxed, and decidedly cooler, after about 10 minutes.
We’re mostly moving away from specific plants this week, in terms of what’s beautiful now, in favor of landscapes. Bright, pulsating, incredibly dramatic, gorgeous, stunningly beautiful landscapes, to be specific.
That said, there are a few standout flowers that you should look for, including that peachy peony and her friends, lily of the valley, and ‘Hinomayo,’ one of the most outstanding shrubs on our grounds.
Things are definitely settling into a pattern here in terms of what’s beautiful. If you check last week’s report, and even the report from two weeks ago, many of the same gardens are holding strong. What can we say? It’s been an extraordinary spring!
Joel Kroin is many things—a horticulturist and NYBG Member among them. But his passion, or at least the one passion that we see most often, lands behind a lens. And, sure, these pictures of the Rock Garden might look like any batch of film photographs at a casual glance. But the reality is far more interesting.
Not (at least in these moments) a DSLR man, or as often a fan of 35mm, Kroin prefers the quirks of anachronism. Staffers sometimes find him crouched for minutes at a time in spots around the Garden; often he’s working an old coffee pot, other times, a wooden box with an aperture.
But strange as the process looks to the idle observer, Kroin’s photography is maybe the most well-established format there is—at least if we’re going by seniority. And while the practice of pinhole photography may take an age compared to digital, there’s an antique satisfaction to the art that you probably won’t find in a modern camera. Click through for more on one of our favorite visitors. —MN
Because of you (yes you!), the Garden has won a $250,000 preservation grant to restore the beautiful little waterfall in the Rock Garden! We would be nothing without you. Seriously. Thank you so much for caring about this very special place! ~AR