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There’s a small courtyard outside the Plant Science Building where I work at Cornell. It’s bordered on the north and west sides by four stories on stories of stone wall and ivy, to the east by a single story, and is open to the south. Below is a heated basement and nearby greenhouses radiate heat during winter. Talk about microclimates. Several woody plants there are at least a Zone or two outside their range.
I gaze at it from the Men’s room window a story above every time I dry my hands. This time of the year, it’s exploding with anemones that I can’t grow at home because of the deer.
I have no clue what this groundcover is that’s flowering there now, but it’s nice:
When your shake too much or fail to focus on your close-ups, you can always resort to PhotoShop filters.
Actually, the second unflitered wasn’t all that bad: