Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Azaleas and Japanese Wisteria at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

A close shot of azaleas at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

A few days after Mother’s Day I decided to do something I have always told myself I would do—get to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden midweek to try to see the Japanese tree peonies in bloom and without all the crowds. Talk about hitting the jackpot—not only did I practically have the place to myself, I was also able to see the azaleas, Japanese wisteria, and tulips at peak! Wow! I will cover the peonies in a different post but I just wanted to share these pictures with you.

The long lawn is bordered by azaleas on either side. Gorgeous color!

Japanese wisteria and azaleas with a corner of the Brooklyn Museum in background.

I feel incredibly lucky that I live so close to the BBG, it takes me about 20 minutes to walk there from my place and it is truly a visual treat. I plan on breaking out a dress and heading over to the Garden Cocktail Nights for members this summer! Back when I lived in Manhattan I hardly ever went to the New York Botanical Garden because it’s in the Bronx and is a haul for everybody except the fine folks who live in the Bronx! It is also huge and impossible to see in one day. BBG, on the other hand, is just the right size—you can see it all in a single visit if you’d like, but I prefer to head to just one section and take my time with it.

As for the azaleas, wisteria, and tulips, they seem even fresher and more lovely and vibrant this year because of the hard cold winter we had. Everyone was drawn to the color of the flowers and were taking pictures like mad, myself included!

Is there anything lovelier in spring than flowers like this?

Azaleas with Japanese wisteria and tulips in background.

Across from the azaleas and wisteria were all these gorgeous tulips, at peak!

I love these pale and bright pinks mixed with purple-nearly-black tulips. Superb!

If you’ve ever been to the BBG (or the New York Botanical Garden) let me know what you thought of it!


Cheryl Tucker said...

So beautiful! I have never been there but would love to visit it someday.

Suzanne Carillo said...

Stunning photos!


Anonymous said...

Your beautiful images look like paintings, really sets a mood!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

just stunning Jill! I love the planting and it seems really influenced by England? Do you know I have never been to Brooklyn? I know! Next trip I will visit. But then again I haven't been inside Empire state building either and yet I worked in the next building!! I think Spring is just such a reprieve and am enjoying it more and more as I get older! xx

Linda said...

Absolutely breath-taking beauty. That garden is a little slice of heaven. Been there numerous times--with YOU!! I loved the blanket of blue-bells we saw one year and another time the huge rose garden. There is something for everyone there, it is truly one of the loveliest gardens anywhere. Thanks for posting these beautiful pictures, can't wait to see your peony pictures.