Picture this: ‘Fill the frame’

Great theme for this month’s Picture This photo contest over at Gardening Gone Wild. But lack of time and lack of subjects limited my efforts. I did try a few shots on campus over the weekend:

picture this for october

picture this for october

But I think I’m going to fall back on some older favorites that fit the theme:

bloom day pix

Nectaroscordum, verbascum

Guess I’ll go with the hellebore as my entry:

evening light

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Fate of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory

lhb conservatory

The 79-year-old Lord and Burnham Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory at Cornell is crumbling. Excellent article on it’s fate in the Cornell Chronicle.

Built by greenhouse architects Lord & Burnham Co. in 1931 for Liberty Hyde Bailey, the first dean of the College of Agriculture and a prominent palm taxonomist, the facility has deteriorated, with internal and external falling panes of glass, rotting wooden glazing bars and peeling asbestos-laden glazing putty. The college decided, based on advice from the Department of Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety, to close the Conservatory Greenhouse until a long-term solution can be found.

Restoration costs have proved prohibitive. But “There will be a conservatory in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,” says Senior Associate Dean Jan Nyrop, who will lead a discussion of the teaching functions of Cornell’s greenhouses Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in 404 Plant Science Building.

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Minns Garden up close

minns up close

I love having the historic Minns Garden right outside the building where I work. It’s got great bones. But I’ll admit that there are so many things going on in there that my eyes glaze over when I walk by or through. I needed a break from a Saturday morning session in the office today. So I decided to make the most of it and take a closer look.

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

minns up close

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Miscellany

In case you missed it this week, Zonker and Zipper explore the erotica that is bulb catalogs. You can view Start with Monday’s strip and work you’re way through the week by clicking on the next tab.
doonesbury

Email from UPS says my bulb order arrives Tuesday.

While shooting pix the other day I heard the tell-tale squawks of crows harassing a hawk, then they flew right overhead.

crows harassing hawk

Colchicums at Billie Jean Isbell’s garden. Billie Jean hosted our first fall 2009 program of the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Love her garden.

colchicums at bji's

On Billie Jean’s barn, ‘Flying fish’ sculpture that looks to be fashioned from a piece of warped slapwood.

colchicums at bji's

Living, Growing Architecture – Great post over at Dark Roasted Blend, full of root and vine bridges, reed construction, espalier, arborisculpture and more.

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