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Archive: July 2011

Video Plant Profile: Buckeyes ”Buck” the Trend

Posted in Video on July 28 2011, by Rustin Dwyer

In the heat of the summer (and this one has especially been hot!), there are some beautiful blossoms to behold. From daylilies, hibiscus, waterlilies and of course roses, summer gardens everywhere are swelling with colorful buds. But the same just can’t be said for most woody plants.

That’s what makes the subject of this week’s video plant profile so special. In the summer heat, most woody plants have no showy flowers, but the genus Aesculus, more commonly known as buckeye, “buck”s that trend.

Check out the video below hosted by Plant Records Manager Jon Peter as he covers a few of the many types of Aesculus you can see at the Garden, and who knows, maybe in your own backyard?

Previous Video Plant Profiles:

The Cottonwood Tree




Chilling Out At the Garden: Wildlife

Posted in Wildlife on July 26 2011, by Thomas Andres

Thomas C. Andres is an Honorary Research Associate at the Garden.

Humans weren’t the only ones suffering during last week’s record-breaking heatwave. The Garden’s plants and animals were also feeling the heat. And while the plants relied upon human-intervention to maintain their cool, the Garden’s feathered and fluffy residents were able to take matters into their own hands, paws, and wings.

Coping Mechanism One: Cool Off the Belly On a Mossy Tree Trunk

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Coping Mechanism Two: Sip a Mimosa

Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail feeding on the nectar of a Mimosa tree, Albizia julibrissin

More coping mechanisms below!

Morning Eye Candy: Bed in Summer

Posted in Photography on July 22 2011, by Ann Rafalko

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Bed in Summer ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Sky over the Conservatory

Sky Over the Conservatory (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)

Special thank you to Twitter user @oregonclematis, aka Linda Beutler, for the poem suggestion!