Project 365 – Nature’s Tree Ornaments.
Day 29 dawned a beautiful day, with the recent storm’s snow still stuck to everything in sight. That made for very showy ‘seed balls’ on the London Plane Tree at the Gardens.
I think of these as Mother Nature’s Christmas Tree Ornaments – they hang perfectly from the tree most of the winter.
Cedar of Lebanon / Cedrus libani
This little guy looks great with branches laden in fresh snow!
This tree has a long history and religious significance… For more on the Cedar of Lebanon, check out my earlier Blog entry…
14/365 – A little burst of colour in the porch outside my office… the gardeners entrusted this succulent to me for the winter months and it has been putting on quite a little show for me! Such funky little flowers too!
Right about this time of year, many people start to get a little tired of Old Man Winter. A bit weary of the cold, anxious to store away the shovels, dreaming of spring. So right about this time of year, I’m usually moved to share some of the really beautiful aspects of winter, just to remind us that there is good in everything Mother Nature does – but sometimes you have to really look for it!
Paulownia (Empress Tree) flower buds…
Chinese Catalpa looks neat all winter!
Winter is beautiful, no question. Especially in a garden like the Historic Gardens!
Cedar of Lebanon is another Funky Feature in the Historic Gardens. Featured on the flag of Lebanon, this cedar has a long and interesting history. There are numerous biblical references to the Cedar of Lebanon, now a christian symbol representative of Christ and associated with eternal life. The Arnold Arboretum, a great resource for anything related to trees, has a great article on the “The Quest for the Hardy Cedar-of-Lebanon“. A couple other good references are found at Blue Planet Biomes , Berkeley and Kew Gardens.
The young Cedar of Lebanon at the Historic Gardens
Our Cedar of Lebanon, located on the lawn above the Lower Ponds, is still a small tree, but we can look forward to great things to come!
Cedrus libani at Kew
Another Funky Feature of the Week… the Kalopanax Pictus (Castor-aralia Tree).
This tree is having a great bloom this year, covered with clusters of soft round flowers. It is a tall tree, so you have to look up to notice the show, but it’s worth the kink in your neck!
And to add to the interest of this tree, check out the thorns protruding from the bark of its trunk!
For more info, check out the University of Connecticut Plant Database.
A beautiful rainy day today… yes, I just used beautiful and rainy in the same sentence! They say gardens are more beautiful in the rain, and you know… they’re right! Today I strolled through the Gardens with an umbrella in hand, with beautiful sax music hanging in the air as Mark Towers provided this Sunday’s edition of “Music in the Gardens”. And it was an amazing walk. The scents are stronger, the colours more vibrant… and then, that magical after-rain occurance of “raindrops on roses”. As the showers ended and the skies brightened a bit, Gardens visitors descended on the rose garden and started shooting! Here are some of my shots…
Have a look at some other raindrop garden photos at my Shutterbug site.