Tag Archives: Flower

Smithsonian Gardens: Roses

The Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden sits just off the National Mall in Washington DC in front of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. We visited in mid-October and I was delighted to find a number of single blooms to photograph.

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

Most of the Rose bushes and other greenery were kind of ragged, not helped by recent yo-yo weather and it being at least 80 degrees on this October day.

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

I darkened the backgrounds to focus on the Rose colors. I particularly liked this lilac:

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

There were a number of pink variations…

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

…including this more delicate variety.

Rose Bloom
Rose Bloom

Click any photo for a larger view.

 

Powdery Alligator-flag and Friend

I spotted what I now know is a frond of Powdery Alligator-flag (Thalia dealbata) on a walk around the swamp last week. I took a few photographs because of the interesting color and texture. If I had seen the green insect at the time, possibly a member of the katydid family, I would have maneuvered closer for some additional shots.

Powdery alligator-flag and friend
Powdery alligator-flag and friend – click on photo for larger view

I had revisited this plant after my May post with a visiting bee and continued to find it unremarkable throughout the summer. Evidently insects find it more attractive.