Plant Talk

Presently at NYBG: Late Bloomers in the Spotlight

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on August 18, 2023, by Marlon Co

Marlon Co is the Photographer and Digital Media Manager of The New York Botanical Garden.

Summer has begun to wind down at NYBG, but for our late-summer flowers, now is the time to get going.

Around the Garden, a fresh floral flush punctuates the verdant landscape. In the Native Plant Garden meadows, woodland sunflowers stand stall in the sun, while at Seasonal Walk, blue globe thistle heads float amid the other plantings. Next door, the Home Gardening Center is at peak bloom, with rose mallow and amaranth bursting from their beds. Try as we might, what you’ll find at NYBG is always at the whim of nature and time. And, much like the resurrection lilies in the Rock Garden which bloom so discreetly, the surprise of what one finds on these 250 acres is one of NYBG’s more alluring aspects. After all, that’s what Presently at NYBG is all about: the journey of discovery.

Just the other day, I saw a flash of pink out of the corner of my eye. A crape-myrtle had come into full bloom weeks after I had seen its first flowers. Good things come to those who wait—or visit many times in the season to see our landscape unfold.

Check back next week as we continue to highlight our favorite moments here on Presently at NYBG.

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