Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Summer Night in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This was the last "Members' Night" at the BBG this summer (where they keep the garden open longer just for members). I took advantage of the opportunity for a rare mid-week visit after work.

For the first time, I saw some little chili pepper plants; the peppers looked like mini Christmas lights in yellow, red, and purple:



There was an Easter Egg Plant, whose bright yellow bulbs were a bit past their prime but still showed the reason for the popular name. Jimson weed has spherical green pods with spikes like a medieval weapon. A Mignon Single Dahlia was indeed mignonne.

The "Elle" rose was lovely: soft pink outer layers surrounding soft orange and yellow inner layers:

I took many pictures of perforated (bug-eaten) leaves in silhouette. Some were quite beautiful, but I thought this design was interesting as well:


It was lovely to stroll the grounds as darkness fell.


There were flat-petaled pale blue flowers that looked like the insides of egg shells in the twilight:


Sounds of insects (crickets and others) swelled, at times drowning out the traffic noises. Bats swooped raggedly in the dusk. And I wandered off following the will-o-the-wisp fireflies among the trees.... Thinking, of course, of the Owl City song ("I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs as they tried to teach me how to dance. A fox trot above my head, a sock hop beneath my bed; a disco ball is just hanging by a thread...").

3 comments:

UO said...

Have a great time! Looking forward to seeing your photos.

TinaS said...

What a beautiful description. I feel peaceful and appreciative just reading it.

LeesMyth said...

@Tina: Thanks!
@U-chan: The photos survived my trip to Scotland, so enjoy. Soon will post re the hiking trip.