Sometimes, when you look at, or consider, or try to capture, the big picture, you lose sight of it altogether. Sometimes, looking at small things shows you what the big thing really is.
So here is a look at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, up close, in early September. I had a meeting there on Thursday, late in the afternoon, and had a little time to look at things on my way home, afterwards. There is a lot to see.
Thanks to Janet Davis, I now know that this is Lobelia siphilitica, poor thing. It grows beside the pond in the Japanese Garden, and I have also seen it at on the edge of the bog garden at Pier One, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Safe to say it likes to have wet feet and takes shade. Tall, up to three feet high.
Ha! The medlar. What will happen to them? Right now they are as hard as the nuts they resemble. I am very curious about their flavour and smell, post frost.
Moonflowers grow on the gazebo in the middle of the Cranford Rose Garden. They open in the last part of the afternoon, part all night, and fold early the next morning.
Cliché? Overdone? Maybe. But my kind of cliché. Very effective and very pretty, and excellent vertical interest, all in one season. Nicotiana sylvestris, Cleome, and Verbena bonariensis in the Magnolia Plaza.
Nicotiana mutabilis in the Fragrance Garden.
And...what's this? Anyone? Sarah - are you there? In the perennials near the pond at the rose arches...
And another, same place?
Rose hips in the rose garden. It is September, after all.
Looking: it may give you the courage to see.