I ended up traveling to New York City for a few days over the holidays--and, of course, I fell off the blogging wagon during that time, except for a brief post I wrote on my phone the night I got off the bus there.
On my visit, I stopped by the Horticultural Society of New York to see the Hudson Valley Seed Library seed packet art on display there; I also stopped by a couple pretty awesome plant shops in Manhattan. My favourite one was a combination succulent plant and gemstone/jewelry store--I noticed a lot of combination shops like this in New York, but nothing as outlandish as the wood stove and bicycle shop near where I went to university in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Although, Lithops and malachite in the same store make an interesting choice, too. But they seem more obvious to me--they both add beauty to a space, be it a garden, a windowsill, or the region between a woman's breasts. But... Wood stoves and bicycles? Please, find a common thread for me!
I also ended up going to the New York Botanical Garden on Christmas Eve. At first, I was appalled--I had to pay to enter. Luckily, my man is a graduate student, so he was $3 cheaper than me with his student ID. We only ended up spending $47 for the two of us to gain entry into the gardens. Coming from DC, it's a shock to pay anything at all--our United States Botanic Garden is free for all visitors, as are many other museums and such sites.
Anyway, after trekking from midtown Manhattan to the Bronx for the sole purpose of seeing the New York Botanical Garden, I wasn't about to turn around and waste another hour getting back downtown without seeing the plants. So, I paid, and we went in amid a throng of children and their parents, grandparents, cousins, next-door neighbours' children, and fourth cousins twice removed on their mother's step-father's side.
No, seriously. Okay, not seriously. But there were more people than I would assume would be there on Christmas Eve, and all of them seemingly had more children and strollers than could be explained by individual reproduction rates--they must have borrowed at least some of the kids from someone else to explain their plentitude. They were all there for the holiday train exhibit in one wing of the conservatory. Going in the opposite direction, it was possible to avoid the throng of youths for most of the visit, but leaving required wading--literally wading--through children and their adult guardians to get to the exit. Either that or backtrack through the entire conservatory again, and the exit was so close, I figured it wouldn't be that bad... But it took almost as much time as it might have just to turn around and revisit the beautiful plants in relative peace. (I really don't have that huge of a problem with children... But in such number... During a stressful time of year...? No, thank you!)
But children aren't what this post is about (I say after hundreds of words complaining about them)--it's about the pretty pictures of plants I saw at NYBG! I have IDs for most of them, but some I don't, and I would appreciate any insight anyone might have in identifying them! (And I named the files, so they're alphabetical by genus.)
Cochliostema NOID (The species was on the tag, but the plant was blocking it and I didn't realize I never got a full shot of the name. Also, the sun was very bright in this shot, but I thought it made the photograph even more interesting than the plant would have done on its own, even with those cute flowers!)
Coffea arabica, of course! I'm such an addict.
Costus barbatus. I enjoy the curvature of the stem--it grows like a corkscrew! It's also in the ginger family, of which I am discovering I'm a fan.
Cyperus papyrus--yes, that papyrus! I posted about this on DigTheDirt today. I fully intend on growing such a specimen in my apartment!
Cyphomandra betaceae, or Tree Tomato. Looks delicious!
Gloxinia sylvatica for the gesneriophiles out there!
Neolauchea pulchella, a cute little orchid!
Passiflora NOID. I didn't notice a tag on this one, but I'm sure there was one.
Pereskia bleo fruit
And now, the NOIDs!
This was growing in the fountain near the Cyperus papyrus. Seems like it should have a "-wort" name.
This is the flower of the full plant below. It's a dramatic plant, and a pretty, if hidden, flower!