Category: PhotoGallery

At the Arboretum – 10-3-23

Gorgeous weather, clear blue skies, sunny, a light breeze, temperatures in the low 80s – there’s nothing quite like a beautiful Indian Summer day! The pollinators at the Arboretum were taking advantage of the weather as well and were all over the gardens doing their dance.  A male Monarch Butterfly was flying from flower to flower on the Verbena bonariensis plants; the males can be identified by the dark scent patch along the fifth vein of the hindwing. An unidentified butterfly (perhaps a Painted Lady?) was also visiting the Verbena flower clusters and bees were all over the Caryopteris shrubs. A Nasturtium continues to bloom in the gardens next to Matilda’s cottage, a bright sunny yellow with red veins.

Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

Sunday Saunter – 10-1-23

Fall’s muted colors are featured in the images from Steve Kanan’s visit to the Arboretum yesterday. Thanks, Steve, for these and we look forward to more beautiful pictures as Fall progresses.

At the Arboretum 9/26/23

Fall has officially arrived, but there is still much color to be found in the autumn gardens at the Arboretum. A Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood) is covered with a multitude of ornamental (and edible) globose, reddish, compound berries about the size of a cherry. Numerous patches of lavender Colchicum autumnale (Autumn Crocus) are blooming all over the grounds; in spite of its name, this plant is not in the crocus family, it is deadly poisonous, however. Almost hidden in the beds as you come up the driveway from Hanover Avenue is the fascinating Tricyrtis hirta (Toad Lily), its jewel-like flowers blooming on arching, unbranched stems. Fall is fleeting, so make plans to visit soon!

Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

At the Arboretum 9/19/23

Fall is just a few days away, and there is a decidedly autumnal feel to the air. I discovered a couple of late bloomers at the Arboretum today: The small white flowers of Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower) are lovely against the large shrub’s bright green leaves. In the same area, under a large Quercus rubra (Red Oak), a large stand of Cimicifuga ramosa cv. Atropurpurea (Bugbane or Black Cohosh) is in full bloom, its white spikes of tiny fragrant flowers attracting bees and even a hummingbird, which I was not quick enough to photograph! Last, but not least, the immature cones on the huge Cedrus atlantica cv. Glabra (Blue Atlas Cedar) growing next to the Mansion are just beginning to take shape; when mature they will be barrel shaped and sit upright on the branches.

Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

At the Arboretum 9/12/23

Mid-September flowers, a pretty pink Hydrangea and a peach-colored tropical Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia). A wide angle shot of the large bed that borders the driveway as you come up from Hanover Avenue features a large white Hydrangea, some ornamental grasses, the Seven Sons Tree (Heptacodium miconioides) on the right and other plants as well.

Picture credits: Margery Ennist

At the Arboretum 9/5/23

The tropical plants are really enjoying the hot, humid weather we’ve been experiencing. 

A Pineapple plant (Ananas comosus, in the Bromeliad family) is growing in a bed next to the Mansion by the Rose Garden and it has produced a fruit! The bed of tropical plants next to the Carriage House on the way into the Haggerty Education Center is a vibrant, colorful collection of Coleus, Croton, Banana and Colocasia surrounding a Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) with its very symmetrical crown of dark green, glossy leaves.

A tall, slender terracotta vessel is home to a spectacular Staghorn Fern (Platycerium). You can find it nestled in a shady corner next to the front steps to the Haggerty Education Center.

Summer will soon be officially over, so make sure to visit the Arboretum soon!

Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

Saunday Saunter – 9/4/23

Steve Kanan recorded these late summer images of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Autumn will soon take hold, as illustrated by these beautiful pictures.

At the Arboretum – August 29, 2023

Texture, height, form and color all contribute to the creation of a lovely garden “snapshot” such as that presented by the tall, purple Tibouchina, daisy-like yellow flowers in the middle and the lower Black-eyed Susan’s at the front of the bed in the photo below. Purple and yellow are opposites on the color wheel and thus make for a strong complementary color combination.

The recently opened path that links the waterwise deck area to the lower area in front of Matilda’s cottage is another example of combining color, form, shape and height to create a pleasant to the eye vignette; there is a variety of low succulents, large mounds of silvery Artemisia. coral colored flowers in pots and more; there’s a bench nearby that allows a visitor to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Verbena bonariensis punctuates the gardens next to Matilda’s Cottage with its airy purple flowers held aloft on delicate stems; the pretty Rudbeckia ‘Henry Eilers’ with its spoon-like yellow flower petals is happily blooming in front of the Branching Out fence.

At the Arboretum – 8/23/23

It’s late August but the grounds at the Arboretum are still putting on quite a show. There’s a large pink Dahlia ‘Belle of Barmera’ blooming in the Cottage garden. The circular Tropical Garden in front of the deck by the Marsh Meadow is a wonderful assembly of Monstera, dark leaved/red flowering Cannas, tall Banana plants, Brugmansia, Elephant Ears, Rubber plants, etc. And the beds at the entrance to the Haggerty Education Center have filled out in an exuberance of muted pinks, from the flower heads of Savannah Ruby Grass (Melinis nerviglumis ‘Savannah’) to the tiny round pink flowers of Talinum ‘Jewels of Opar’ to the larger flowers of Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’. Be sure to schedule a visit soon.

Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

Sunday Saunter – 8/20/23

Steve Kanan sent us a new batch of photos from a walk at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Nice hummingbirds, Steve. Thanks for the lovely pictures.

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