I’d love to see Cornell establish way more garden “hot spots” such as this one at a parking area along the Plantations roadway. As large as the Plantations is, most of it lacks complexity. When last I toured the botanical garden, it sported a well-designed layout featuring azaleas and rhododendron. Perhaps they’ve expanded it and added variety; I look forward to finding out on a future visit.
My archeological expedition through my family’s life continues and I’m spending another Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in Ithaca rather than at the Cityslipper ranch. When last I was home (about a week ago), my pea plants were blooming strong, the peonies were putting out their last flowers, and the bloom was on the sage. I have no garden at all at my dad’s house in Ithaca, so I celebrated Bloom Day this month with a visit to the legendary Cornell Plantations.
The Plantations occupies a large chunk of the Cornell University campus. It includes various horticultural features including an arboretum, a large water garden, a botanical garden and visitor center, greenhouses, walking trails, a shrub garden… I saw a lot of signs (but I can’t remember all of them). Having one of the best-regarded ag schools in the world, it’s appropriate for Cornell to have such an assortment of horticultural attractions.
My visit to Cornell Plantations was anything but academic. I was simply escaping from the emotional and logistical mess that comes with emptying out your family home of 50+ years. I stuck to easy-to-reach areas where I could park and walk without paying fees. So, I skipped the botanical garden and visitor center and spent a lot of time around the water garden. The photos in this post show flowers I saw during my walk. I hope you also enjoyed a fine day among flowers on this Bloom Day.
This one garden patch near a parking area sported a variety of colors and textures that seduced me into lingering.
Three flower spikes to the north of the viceroy, a swallowtail butterfly also lingered. It put on a terrific show, flitting among blossoms for at least 15 minutes.
Seems I can never resist taking photos of water lilies. They were in full bloom in the water garden, and I spent at least an hour looking for frogs, turtles, and fish among them. It was a sunny, pleasantly cool day, and it was really hard to drag myself back to the house for more sorting and packing.