Labor Day marked the unofficial end to summer and fall is just a few weeks away, which means summer gardens full of ripe tomatoes and overgrown watermelons are about to give way to hearty crops like broccoli and cabbage.
Buenos Aires -
The Botanical Garden of Buenos Aires, located in the Palermo district of the capital of Argentina, has species of plants from five continents, five greenhouses, 27 sculptures, a butterfly garden, and dozens of cats.
Many people are the unsung heroes of British society, volunteering their time and effort for the good of others. Gardening may not be a pastime which readily springs to mind if you are considering volunteering, but maybe it should be.
Every nature lover or gardening enthusiast enjoys the diversity of plants and the forms, features and colors of flowers, which are often regrettably ephemeral. Thus, capturing their beauty in photographs is desirable, but requires practice and patience.
An 86-year-old man from Arizona has tumbled over in his garden and fallen face-first on the handle of his pruning shears. He had just finished trimming plants in his back garden when the horrific accident occurred.
The Harbourfront Community Centre in Toronto had a dream, to have a multi-level garden that everyone in their community would be able to enjoy. In order to fund that dream they entered the Share Your Care contest.
You have children and pets and a big backyard. In Ontario if you want to use a powerful pesticide in order to make sure your lawn is greener than the neighbours you may be tempted to order something online. That order could make you a criminal.
"...use a weed knife. Slip...blade under the roots of the crabgrass. Lift with the knife as you pull on the foliage of the crabgrass. The crabgrass should slip easily from the soil - roots and all. For large clumps, use a shovel..."
Spring has sprung in my neighborhood and that means garden season has begun. Bunny rabbits and baby robins are feeding in the fresh tilled garden in search of their daily dinner. It also means one FDA vegetable recall after another headed to my in box.
"Sagunto". Sculpture made of Carrara marble by Catalan sculptor Agustín Querol (1860-1909). It symbolizes a historic episode occurred in Sagunto, capital of the province of Valencia, Spain, in which its inhabitants preferred the sacrifice of their lives rather than surrender to the army of Hannibal, the Carthaginian leader who attacked the city in 218 AC. Their heroic resistance is expressed by a mother who, after killing her son, commits suicide with a rapier.
"Saturnalia". Sculptural group by Italian artist Ernesto Biondi (1854-1917). This is a bronze replica of the original on display at the Gallery of Modern Art, Rome. It was donated to the National Museum of Fine Arts in 1963, censored by the military dictators for many years. It was placed at the Botanical Garden in 1984. The sculpture depicts a scene of a pagan religious celebration carried out by the ancient Romans, held in honor of the god Saturn.
The Botanical Garden of Buenos Aires. The Main Conservatory. Built in Paris in Art Nouveau style this winter-house received recognition in the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889. It contains 2500 tropical plants and is considered to be the only winter-house in that style still conserved in the world.
In my backyard garden you will find red potatos, tomatos, lettuce, cabbage, green beans, corn, onions, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelons, pepperplants, marigolds and scattered sunflower seeds for the birds.
The Botanical Garden of Buenos Aires. Sculptural group in white Carrara marble by Italian sculptor Juan De Pari. The sculpture of remarkable beauty shows the the awakening of two girls, one standing and one kneeling.
"Prayer of the Tehuelche indian" by sculptor Nicholas I. Bardas, made from patinated cement imitating bronze. It shows an indigenous woman in prayer.
It is the most recent sculpture located in the Botanical Gardens. It was placed next to the main house in 2010.