A few weeks ago, we took a trip to New York City for the weekend. New York, while incredibly urban, does have some amazing gardens to visit. One of those is the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. (This a link to a fellow bloggers page which shows the gardens in summer.)
The outside area is several acres in the corner of Prospect Park and contains many wonderful greenhouses and outdoor spaces. There are several large interconnected greenhouses which are partially below ground- each is entered from a central gathering area. The rooms are separated into different climate zones which contain plants from all over the world.
There are various tropical, temperate and desert rooms, all with amazing plants.
Outside, there is a spectacular rose garden built in 1927. There seemingly hundreds of varieties of roses from all over the world. Many of the varieties are decades old.
I have seen some wonderful roses in England, but this garden is truly an equal to anything I saw over there. The range and variety was stunning. (I will also point out that it was October, and several bushes had finished blooming for the year, but even so, it was totally stunning.)
If you are in the area, this is a can’t miss experience.
Happy Friday! I wanted to take a moment to mention a blog that has been truly inspiring to me- baileyboatcat.com. I stumbled across it a few years ago when I was doing a Google image search of cats wearing life jackets. The reason behind this has to do with my Dad, a sailor who loves to take his poor cats out with him…we were debating the likelihood of a cat wearing a life jacket happily. His cat, unlike Bailey, is not a born sailor as maybe you can guess from this picture:
Bailey, who is a Siamese cat, and happily wears a life jacket, looks quite similar to my own Tonkinese cat, Maya, (seen below) which further interested me. The writing and pictures were so engaging and funny that I was soon totally hooked. “Bailey” would post almost every day, giving updates on his sailing adventures and his life in general. When thinking about beginning my own blog, I drew a lot of inspiration from Bailey (and his “Mom”). The writing is so fresh and fun that I always felt happier after reading his blog posts. While my cat will NEVER be a floating feline, we love hearing all about your adventures. Thank you Bailey for sharing your experiences with me and all your other furry furriends!