Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Beauty of Trees

On Monday night Papa and I went to the University of Colorado Campus at Boulder for a Tree Walk.  I am proud to say that this campus is one of the most beautiful in the country. The Walk is done to see the fall colors as the trees change, but since the temperatures here have been in the high 70's and low to mid 80's for the better part of the fall there isn't a lot of color yet.

I don't know much about trees, so I can't identify most of them - even though our guide pointed them out.  I will be posting some links for people who are interested in trees and who want to try to identify those in my photos.  There are a couple of things worthy of note.  For instance, the first four pictures are of the oldest tree on campus.  She was planted in the late 1800's in front of the red brick structure that was the first to house the University, Old Main.  The fifth picture of the spidery yellow flower amid badly faded leaves is the bloom of Witch Hazel's shrub-like small tree.  I had never seen her before in real life and was interest to see her growing prolifically along the banks of a little stream.  Her flower emerges very late in the season to avoid competing with other blooms for the attention of pollinators.

It was a gracious evening.  The air was sweet and cool as it often is at the foot of the Mighty Rockies in autumn’s dusk. Goddess graced us with the luscious beauty of many of her children, still green-leafed for the most part, but fabulous all the same.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Peace Rose

Behold the evolution of the Peace Rose.  My father told the story - the varsity of which I can't confirm - that this rose was brought as a seedling to President Franklin Roosevelt by a French diplomat just days before Hitler invaded Paris.  FDR handed it over to the care of the horticulturalists at the D.C. Botanical Gardens and called it the Peace Rose in the hope of peace to come.  

I have never verified this account.  I love its romance and symbolism.  If it isn't true, it should be.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Last Blooms

The leaves have been falling for the better part of two weeks now - waxy yellow turning dry and brown quickly in the heat. The last of the blooms are out to show and lovely. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Inside the Colorado Shakespeare Gardens

Welcome to Shakespeare's green world. I adore working in these gardens and am proud to have been given the opportunity to contribute my modest skill to this grand undertaking. No matter the difficulty that life presents, we have the Bard's poetry and the flowers.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Colorado Gardening

The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem 
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.

... William Shakespeare, Sonnet 54