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Adventures at the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Phalaenopsis Orchid from the New York Botanical Gardens.
One of the many lovely Phalaenopsis Orchids, in lilac, that greets you upon entrance.

The Excitement of Orchids

    I missed last week’s blog post, because I was out and about on a most wonderful orchid adventure!  I met up with friends and went to the “Orchids of Thailand” show at the New York Botanical Gardens.  After getting off of the train & taking a brisk walk through the city, the botanical gardens were a much welcome sight.  As we approached the greenhouses, a sense of excitement settled in, because we knew that our eyes and our souls were in for a treat!!  On the exterior, these Greenhouses are beautiful on their own, but the real treat is the treasure tucked inside of their seemingly delicate glass panes.

Upon entering, you are greeted by a beautiful display of orchids balanced on the backs of large mossed elephants by a reflecting pool.  A large glass dome above streams in bright light that is filtered through the leaves of towering palm trees.  Urns filled with Phalaenopsis “Moth” orchids, in every imaginable color, decorate the entrances.  In addition to the moth orchids, several varieties of Brassia, Miltonia, Dendrobium, and Oncidium orchids are tucked away among the trees.  The warm and sweet smelling air immediately lifted our winter weary spirits!

Elephants and orchids and the New York Botanical Gardens
A mossed elephant carries an array of colorful orchids.

Planning the Garden

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A Zinnia flower from last year’s garden

It’s that time of year again!  Time to start dreaming about what you want to plant in the garden!  I have a few small raised beds by the house that I’ve unsuccessfully tried to grow vegetables in. I say unsuccessful because any veggie that I plant in them is doomed once the free-ranging geese and chickens discover them.  What I  really need is a fence, but that probably won’t happen anytime soon!  This year I plan on filling them with annual flowers.  Hopefully, the birds will be able to control themselves.  I’ll find another place to grow my veggies far away from roaming fowl.

Space

Food Photography from the Studio

Today as I gaze out of my snowy window, I keep my mind fixed on the arrival of spring.  Currently, a winter storm rages outside with the possibility 16 inches of snow. It’s hard to believe we only have 5 and a half weeks left until spring!  My creative mind is racing with the promise of delicate lilac flowers wafting their scent through the yard. Oh, that smell!  I’m filled with visions of apple blossoms blowing in the wind, raining down their petals, and covering the ground much like this snow that’s happening now.  But!  I must digress!  The subject at hand is space!  I have a lovely studio space within my home, but with all of the props that I’m hoarding, I’d like to move this space out of the house!

Wave Goodbye to Summer

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“Sunflower”

Although it’s only September 2nd, I can already feel the change in the air.  It’s as if mother nature flipped the switch to fall.  The air is cooler and the foliage is looking tired.  If you peer up into the mountains you can even see the leaves tinging yellow. To some, this is a most cherished time of year!  I will admit that the glory of flaming leaves carpeting the Adirondack and Green mountains like a calico quilt is pretty impressive, but still, autumn saddens me a bit.  It’s time time to say goodbye to the gardens and to greenery and brace ourselves for the biting cold and barren landscape.  Of course, I manage to find beauty in the cold and vastness, but my eyes will long for the lush green spring!  Goodbye summer!  You were glorious this year!  Until we meet again!

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