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...").