Sunday 21 September 2014

The Botanic Gardens in Autumn

While wandering around the Botanic Gardens looking at the Sculpture in Context exhibits I also grabbed a few shots of the Autumnal flora. There were sunflowers everywhere. They had mostly gone to seed but even when they are fading sunflowers are magnificent and these ones really caught my eye. I think some of the OPW gardeners have been channelling Vincent van Gogh and I can’t wait to see what they do with the irises next year.  The meadow arrangement was directly across from these sunflowers and while it was impossible to capture well it was one of the highlights of the day for me.

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I love poppies.

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The Glasshouse at the entrance pretending we live in a sunny climate. No really, this is Dublin in Autumn.

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I’ve no idea what this is but isn’t it pretty?

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Sundew Tentacles. Someday I’ll figure out how to get these things into focus.

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And I believe this is called the spadix of an anthurium, in the close up you can see the tiny individual flowers that are packed into a tight spiral to make it.

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And there were quite a few mathematical botanicals – lots of things with Fibonacci numbers at their hearts and the occasional leaf or flower that could have been lifted from a Julia set. OK I’ll admit that the xerophyte display is a little but of a stretch, but it was very interesting to see that sort of display outdoors in Ireland in Autumn.

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I missed the best of the roses unfortunately but even so there were still some beauties in the Rose Garden.

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