1. Euphorbia myrsinites also known as myrtle spurge is just starting to bloom in mid-April.  

     
  2. Leaf buds of the Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) have great shapes as they open. The bottlebrush buckeye is a larger deciduous shrub that likes part to full shade.  Later in the summer they will have white upright panicles of flowers that are reminiscent of their cousin the horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).

    This example is along the old carriage trail.

     
  3. The City of Yonkers and the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy were thrilled to have Boy Scouts from Bronxville, Troop 5 at Untermyer Park and Gardens this past weekend. Led by prospective Eagle Scout, Jason Cushman, the scouts put tremendous effort into cleaning and clearing the lower gate house entrance to the garden. This formerly overgrown entrance is now able to perform its intended function of welcoming visitors into Samuel Untermyer’s gardens, a function that has become even more important as the gate house sits adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. This is the second Eagle Scout project performed at Untermyer Park and Gardens, following a major clearing at the Temple of Love, and we’re looking forward to hosting more Scout projects in the future.  

     
  4. Rows of chartreuse sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batata) line one side of the greenhouse.   This summer they will spread and trail wherever they are planted.

     
  5. celines03:

    #untermyer #park #tiles #stones #history #pattern #yonkers (at Untermyer Park)

     
  6. Geometry in the gardens.  The parterres of grass and the pathways that divide them give strong structure to the Walled Garden.  At this time of year, they are stronger and clearer until the perennials of the east and west beds and the annuals of the canal beds come to soften their lines with new texture and color.

     
  7. Sometimes when you’re in the garden it is hard to see it as a whole. Atop the southwest tower of the Walled Garden, the garden is spread out before the viewer (the towers are not open to the public for safety reasons) and the southwest border and hydrangea border are revealed. This is a view that will be chronicled through the seasons.  

     
  8. Early leafing out of a spirea in the Walled Garden.  The surprise is the variation of color of the leaves and buds: brightest light green to pinkish red.  The way the light catches the branches in the late afternoon and lights them up - they look like they’re glowing.

     
  9. Late afternoon sunshine lights up the naturalized narcissus at Untermyer Park and Gardens.  These daffodils date from Samuel Untermyer’s day and were likely part of a planting that was once described as millions of daffodils covering the hill below the mansion Greystone.  The mansion is no longer there but the lovely yellow blooms are a trace of what once was.  

     
  10. Temple Henge!

    Something that we’re trying to figure out: what two days of the year does the sun set exactly in line with the columns of the Temple of the Sky. Clearly it was not the day this photo was taken.  We started to try to figure this out with the website SunCalc, which lets you plot the angle of sunset on a map, but we don’t have a precise enough measure of the angle of the two columns closest to the Hudson River to calculate this accurately.  

    Can you predict the date of Temple Henge?