Summer afternoons can evoke a certain dreamy nostalgia.
I was feeling it recently, and remembering a public garden I used to haunt. Snug Harbor Botanical Garden, in the New York City borough of Staten Island, is a somewhat forgotten place, being overshadowed by major institutions like the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden.
It’s a gem though.
Never crowded, it sits on the grounds of an old sailor’s home and contains a wide variety of gardens – a rose garden, perennial borders, fish ponds with tropical plants set around them in the summer, a greenhouse and wonderful old trees, an herb garden, a white garden enclosed by old trellis, a pleached hornbeam allee…and that’s not to mention the impressive Chinese Scholar’s Garden and an Italianate garden.
Here is a selection of images from a landscape I came to love, taken from 2008- 2011.
I’ll save the Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Italianate Gardens and glass house for another time…
So many photographs. And there are many more. I spent many hours with my camera at Snug Harbor.
For those who like naming things, here are some names:
1) A clematis in the White Garden
2) Can’t remember the name of this pretty white flower
4) One of the old homes on the grounds, now sometimes used for photo shoots
5) Hosta, Hakone grass and other foliage plants make one of many wonderful compositions in the perennial garden
6) Cotinus, or Smoke tree, with leaf shadows in late afternoon sunlight
7) Crinum asiaticum, a tropical spider lily grown each year and set in containers outside the greenhouse
8) Walkway after heavy rain, planted with annuals and tropicals
9) Praying mantis with Joe
10) Praying mantis with asters
11) Japanese anemone in the White Garden
12) Hakone grass
13) Hakone grass going to seed
14) Spider lily (Crinum asiaticum)
15) Brugmansia – also called Angel’s trumpets, they provide a spectacular display in large containers each summer.
16) Clematis gone to seed in the White Garden
17) Poppy pods!
18) Peonies after a storm
20) Water lily – Nymphaea sp.
21) Fall color in the garden
22) Brugmansias – how I love them!
23) Fallen petals
24) Late summer border composition – Smoke tree, Perovskia (Russian sage), Yarrow, Bergamot
25) The Rose Garden, early September
26) Clematis on the trellis
27) Grasses in fall
28) Fallen petals in spring
29) The peached allee of hornbeam, a repsite on hot days
30) Quarter moon under a crooked tree
31) A resident Mallard pair