1. First fall leaves of the season are dropping from our two Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum). From late summer thought fall, these leaves present an unusual scent described by some as brown sugar and by others at cotton candy. 

  2. Timing is everything. I’ve been working at Untermyer Gardens Conservancy for over three years and this is the first time of seen this shadow. 

  3. Yellow on Yellow

  4. An early representation of Samuel Untermyer’s “Greek Garden” which serves as inspiration for the plans we are currently executing in the walled garden

  5. As the summer heat is subsiding, some of our irrigation fittings are taking a well deserved rest. Quality brass valves, spare rubber washers, breakers, watering can roses and impact sprinklers have all seen strenuous duty for the past several months. 

  6. If I could only choose two tools for my work at Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, it would be a heavy spade and my bypass pruners. The spade is great for planting, edging, weeding, cutting roots, lifting sod and just about anything in the garden except for the fine pruning made possible by my ever present pruners. -timothy

  8. whatanicelittlesucculent:

    Last week I visited the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers.  I took the Metro North and walked up quite a hill to get there, and it was worth it!  The gardens have really beautiful views.  It is a small property compared to the botanical gardens I have been visiting, so it didn’t take long for me to see everything, but it’s the kind of place that makes you want to stop and stay awhile, I brought a book and enjoyed reading on benches throughout the gardens.  There were a handful of succulents, but overall a nice mix of different plants (marigolds were in abundance when I visited).  The architecture was beautiful (the water feature in the walled garden was a favorite).  Some of the garden areas feel like ruins, with columns still standing, but their former states have been lost.  The gardens are located in an unusual area, surrounded by medical buildings, but stepping into the walled garden you feel like you have entered into a very special place.  The grounds have a lot of potential and I hope that the idea is to preserve as well as to rebuild some of the areas to their former states.  A lovely day trip.

    Check out their lovely tumblr page here.

  9. The reflection of the bright marigolds on the ripples of the canals can be mesmerizing.  

  10. Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ in the Walled Garden has lots of little cones.