Monday, July 6, 2015

Smoke on the Waterer

It's almost the end of the first week of July in the Binghamton area of upstate New York.

We haven't hit 90 officially yet.

But, due to the harsh winter (in my opinion, anyway) plants are thriving.

Yesterday, my spouse and I visited Cutler Botanic Gardens in Binghamton.  This little gem, just off of Interstate 81, is small.  It is also free of charge.  It is kept up by dedicated volunteers.  If you are traveling through New York on I-81, please pay it a visit.  It is well worth your time.

We missed the roses, for the most part, with our long distance caregiving schedule. They bloomed earlier, in June.  But some late roses greeted us.

Mrs. Anthony Waterer, a rugosa cross, dating from around 1898.

Elmshorn, not an antique, but a rose that is supposed to bloom into fall.

Ballerina, a late hybrid musk rose, dates from 1937.  The bush looked like it was just finishing up.

But what about the smoke I promised you?
That isn't at Cutler, but in a residential neighborhood in Binghamton-a smoke tree. It is glistening with water drops.

Too bad it wasn't growing next to the Mrs. Anthony Waterer rose.

Sorry,  I just couldn't resist.

Do you like to pun?


  1. We had a very harsh winter too, but the astilbe are looking better than ever and the daylily beds all need to be divided in the fall. They are so packed in there I can't tell one plant from another.

  2. Beautiful pics! I agree about the harsh winter: although I lost some plants to the extreme cold, the ones that survived are thriving! I guess that's our silver lining for getting through the cold!

  3. Oh my, LOVE the pictures! Roses are one of my favorite flowers, and they have so many variations and colors. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I live in Ohio and we had a rough winter too. I'm enjoying the not extremely hot summer so far. I think it'll come but won't stay for too long. Anyhow, your flowers are beautiful! :)

  5. Nope. Don't like puns. Groaning here.

  6. We're have August weather at end of June. We been over 100. Something in our garden loves this heat and something not.
    Coffee is on


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