• Beautiful Spring

    Spring turned out really well here in Rochester. It was a little cool, but mostly sunny. I think this was perfect lilac season, as our lilacs started blooming around the 16th of June, and they are still blooming 2 weeks later. We got a lot of really nice blooms this year, and our one lilac (the primrose) that got hit with the pesticide last year is growing bigger than ever. Looks like a full recovery. Our cherry trees and dogwood we planted last summer survived the winter and are doing great. Everything is blooming and still looks nice. Our blueberry plants made it through the winter too, and this year we planted some pepper plants and a watermelon too. Here’s a few photos.

    Sensation Lilac

    Sensation Lilac

    Cherokee Chief Dogwood

    Cherokee Chief Dogwood

    Katherine Havemeyer lavender pink

    Katherine Havemeyer lavender pink

    Primrose Growing

    Primrose Growing

    Violet Glory

    Violet Glory

    Beauty of Moscow

    Beauty of Moscow

  • Spring in March this Year

    In Rochester you never know when Spring will arrive, this year it actually did arrive in March, with crocuses blooming the second week of March, and lots of bulbs coming up by Easter, March 31st.

    mini blue iris crocuses flowers
    bees crocuses flowers iris
  • State College Visit

    I went to visit my sister in State College this summer, and as I like to do, we took a trip to the Penn State Arboretum to look at the pumpkins and plants that were blooming. This time the place looked better than ever, with all kinds of flowers still blooming, pumpkins all over, and really nice weather too. had a great time. Didn’t get my photos up on flickr yet, so here’s a few from the trip.

    designer pumpkins

    Fancy Pumpkins

    water lily

    Water Lily

    meredith chair

    Meredith in the big chair

    gardens

    Gardens ay Penn State

    colorful plants

    Colorful plants

    succulents

    The succulent pot

  • Summertime Fun

    Finally getting back to posting a few picks on the ScaredyCat site. Its been a busy summer, with most of my photos going directly to flickr. But with a little time on my hands, I’ll try and post a few here. So to start, I have a few photos I took around the yard this spring/summer. These were taken at the end of May. The cottonwoods were in full effect.

    blueberry bushes

    Blueberry Bushes

    lupine plant

    Lupine Plant

    patio picture

    Patio Picture

    A viola plant

    A viola plant

    lilacs

    Lilacs

    backyard

    Backyard

  • Lilacs Peak Early in 2012

    Because of the freakishly warm spring this year (in Rochester, March was our warmest on record, and the average temperature was higher than the April average), this year the lilac festival peaked a whole week earlier than the festival (May 10-19). On a beautiful sunny Sunday I went to Highland Park to view the lilacs early, and then home for the Kentucky Derby.

    The lilacs were pretty much in peak bloom. Even the lilacs in our yard were blooming. This year the Rochester area also saw a massive influx of Red Admiral butterflies. There were tons of them. I’ve never seen anything like it, they were flying everywhere like flies. Anyway, took lots of photos of the lilacs, and butterflies on lilacs. The majority of the lilac photos are in my lilac flickr gallery.

    beauty of moscow

    Beauty of Moscow

    pink lilacs

    Pink lilacs at Highland Park.

    lilac bush

    Lilac bush at Highland Park.

    butterfly lilacs

    Butterfly Lilacs

    Red Admiral Butterfly

    Red Admiral Butterfly

    lilac butterfly

    Red Admiral on a white General Sheridan lilac.

    After my walk through Highland Park, I went downtown to High Falls, and walked across the Pont de Rennes bridge to the baseball stadium and back. Here’s a few photos from that walk. I have a lot more photos of the falls in infrared on my infrared flickr page.

    downtown rochester

    Downtown Rochester

    infrared high falls

    Infrared High Falls

  • Early Spring, or Summer?

    This year we got a treat of an early spring, or actually, an early summer, as temperatures reached into the 80’s for a week in March. It caused our flowers to all bloom early. Unfortunately it may cause some issues because in the next couple weeks it was back to freezing weather and snow. We’ll have to hope the plants all survive and have a good summer. Anyway, here’s some spring pictures.

    Crocus and bees

    Crocus and bees

    Yellow crocus and bees

    Yellow crocus and bees

    Ghosty Orchids

    Ghosty Orchids

  • Lilacs in Bloom

    Spring got here almost a full month early, and the plants and flowers are all blooming way early because of it. I took a chance to get out of work early on a beautiful day to head to Highland Park to look at the lilacs. They are in peak bloom despite the fact that the Rochester Lilac Festival isn’t until May 14-23rd. These photos were taken May 3rd, 2010. In 2008 I visited Highland Park on May 24th, and the Lilacs were in peak bloom, so there is quite a wide range of time for the flowers to bloom depending on the spring weather. Learn more about the lilacs at the the Lilac Festival Home Page.

    This year we had a really early spring, and the majority of the plants and trees are at least 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule for blooming. I took this early opportunity to drive to Highland Park in Rochester, NY to look at all the varieties of lilacs while they are in peak bloom. The Lilac Festival itself isn’t until May 14-23. I am not sure there will be many left blooming at those times. The park is really amazing, and boasts one of the largest collections in the world.

    “Today, over 500 varieties of lilacs cover 22 of Highland Park’s 155 acres. Rochester’s famous Lilac Festival is a lavish array of flowers, attractions, and special events that signal the arrival of spring. The 1,200-plus lilac bushes in Highland Park create a floral rainbow ranging from the deepest of purples to the purest of whites.” – About Highland Park Lilacs

    View my lilac gallery here.

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Purples and Blues

    Purples and Blues

    Moskvy Lilac

    Moskvy Lilac

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Sensation Lilac

    Sensation Lilac

    Primrose Lilac

    Primrose Lilac

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    American Flag Pansy Bed

    American Flag Pansy Bed

    Another Moskvy

    Another Moskvy

    Bright Pink Azalea

    Bright Pink Azalea

    Highland Park Reservoir

    Highland Park Reservoir

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Bumble Bee on a Lilac

    Bumble Bee on a Lilac

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

  • Gardens and Beach

    Sunday 11/15/2009 Day 3: Florida Institute of Technology and Cocoa Beach

    On Sunday we took a break from our traveling to relax before the shuttle launch. We did go south to Melbourne and the Florida Institute of Technology to walk through their botanical gardens which was nice. There were lots of varieties of palms, bamboo, and lizards too. A lot of the trees had giant pathos plants growing all over them, but the leaves were huge compared to how large they get indoors in Rochester.

    Butterfly

    Butterfly

    Brown Lizard

    Brown Lizard

    Green Lizard

    Green Lizard

    Trees and Vines

    Trees and Vines

    For me, it was fun to see lizards everywhere, but I have a hunch they are like squirrels down there to Floridians. I took the opportunity to take some infrared photos while we walked through the gardens, as the palm plants make really stunning pictures.

    IR Gardens

    IR Gardens

    IR Gardens

    IR Gardens

    IR Gardens

    IR Gardens

    IR Gardens

    IR Gardens

    After we walked through the gardens, we went back to the hotel to spend the day at the beach. There were strong rip tides because of the remnants of Hurricane Ida that went up the coast, but we still did some wading. It was a very rough surf, and you really got pushed around by the waves and currents. But you gotta go in the ocean when you go on vacation, so we did.

    Beach North

    Beach North

    Beach South

    Beach South

    As always, larger pictures of our full trip to Florida are available from my Flickr photo gallery. Day 4 includes our photos of the shuttle launch.

  • A Wonderful Day at Winterthur

    We went to Winterthur Gardens and Mansion this Spring as part of the Celebration of Life for Jay Powell. It was a beautiful day, and the gardens were spectacular. The Azaleas were in full bloom, and the grounds around the estate were beautiful. It was a wonderful day, a fitting way to remember Jay, and a day I hope not to forget.

    Pink Azaleas

    Pink Azaleas

    White Azalea

    White Azalea

    Purple Azalea

    Purple Azalea

    More Azaleas

    More Azaleas

    Salmon Azaleas and Mansion

    Salmon Azaleas and Mansion

    Brick Work at Winterthur

    Brick Work at Winterthur

    Chipmunk

    Chipmunk

    More Azaleas

    More Azaleas

    Row of Azaleas

    Row of Azaleas

    Stairs and Azaleas

    Stairs and Azaleas

    Tons of Azaleas

    Tons of Azaleas

    Walking Path

    Walking Path

    Koi Pond

    Koi Pond

    Anne looking for a prince

    Anne looking for a prince

    Sundial

    Sundial

    Winterthur Mansion and Sunroom

    Winterthur Mansion and Sunroom

    The Mansion

    The Mansion

    Azaleas Everywhere

    Azaleas Everywhere