Dahlias and a Disturbing Disadvantage

Dahlias picked in August

Dahlias picked in August 

The dahlias are coming!  The first bed planted is beginning to bloom!

But dear friends and readers, I find I am at a distinct disadvantage which is most disturbing.  Without getting all “Oh wo is me,” (though I am tempted!) I am reporting that I am left with just one means of photographing my dahlias – my I Phone.

My cameras were stolen! We were burgled a week ago.  For any of you that have had this experience, I know you can share with the long list of emotions that surge – horrified, saddened, angry, scared, depressed, and very weary.   I am so mad, I see red!  I almost did not want to go for an outing to the New York Botanical Garden today.  Number one reason, I don’t want to leave my house.  Did I say that you may also feel vulnerable? Number two, I don’t have any good cameras to take photographs!  But dear husband jollied me along and yes, I have to be able to leave the house, and yes, I will have to learn to use my I Phone.  And they took everything, so why would they come back?  To pick the dahlias?

NYBG container

NYBG container

From the opening gate at NYBG, on a picture perfect August morning, the plants beckoned and invited us to follow.  We find it difficult to see everything in one visit, so we planned to visit the Conservatory for the Italian Renaissance GardenIMG_0033 exhibit that we missed in June.  Before reaching the Conservatory, we strolled the Jane Irwin Watson gardens IMG_4400which is my favorite part, no matter the season.  The crepe myrtle was in full bloom. IMG_4401 If I ever move South, it will be the first tree I plant!  The hydrangeaIMG_4412 were varied and so appealing in the perennial beds.  The camera pros were staked out, IMG_4419probably in hopes of the perfect nature shot.  I tried to photograph a butterfly near the hibiscus.  Forget it!  I Phones are great, but they have their limitations.  To tie in with Wild Medicine, the Italian Renaissance exhibit had many informative cards. IMG_0027 Since many of us are now growing vinca in place of impatiens, I found this interesting.  IMG_0072

Outside the pools of water lilies were glorious; remember the Monet garden lilies from last Summer’s exhibit?  And nearly every visitor smiled when they viewed these much larger than life art works IMG_4425representing the four seasons.IMG_0043

I am so impressed with the new Native garden; IMG_4438we had to stroll past on our way out.

The red lobelia plantings there were stunning.  I’ve tried to get lobelia to grow along our pond but they haven’t established themselves yet.  I might try more, because after our harrowing experience of being burgled, I want to put it behind me, stop seeing red, unless it is to see the red of a bright lobelia.IMG_4444

About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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12 Responses to Dahlias and a Disturbing Disadvantage

  1. Marcia says:

    Oh, no. So sorry to hear the news of your burglary. I can understand your concern now for leaving the house. Lovely photos despite using your iphone.

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  2. Patrick says:

    Jayne,
    Been there, done that. You’re right, they’re not coming back and I’m sure bad karma will follow them all the rest of their life. Time heals a lot of wounds especially when a lot of our time is in the garden. Hang in there, honey.

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  3. Sunil Patel says:

    Hi Jayne, oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope they get what they deserve. Meanwhile, using the iPhone isn’t too bad, all the pictures on my blog are taken with the iPhone since I am not good enough to deserve a dedicated digital camera. Looking through your tour of the NY Botanical Gardens, I think you did very well.

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  4. Very sorry to hear that…… My wallet was stolen twice…. even worse, my passport as well. This is something I have to tell my four year old son. Bad people deserve what they have done.

    Momo & Pinot’s mom

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  5. Dear Jayne… How awful about your burglary and the loss of your cameras. I lost my beloved camera in a taxi in Paris … I still miss it every day. Your iphone photos are great though. Would love to visit the NY Botanical Gardens. x

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  6. I am sorry your were robbed. Yikes.
    Thank you for sharing the tour. What an amazing garden.

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  7. jody says:

    Glad to see you muddling about with some very nice iphone shots! The gardens are such a treat, thanks for sharing. You know how I feel about those criminals …

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  8. Holleygarden says:

    Oh, Jayne! How terrible to have had your things stolen from you – and your peace of mind compromised, too. I hope you feel safe again soon, and that you receive a camera as a present (or with insurance monies). You iphone takes very good pictures! I’m glad you went to the botanical gardens – what a gorgeous place! I’m sure it raised your spirits a bit, and it certainly is nice for us to see your photos. Your dahlias are gorgeous, too!

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  9. nicole says:

    I am so glad that you decided to go because it is a magical place! I am so sorry about your camera…I too have had my camera stolen…with my children’s photos on it. It broke my heart and I cried for days losing not only my camera but those captured memories. Hang in there…I hope your beautiful dahlias well help heal the hurt…you take care!!!

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  10. Of course having your cameras stolen made you very upset! I would feel the same. Nevertheless, you did a good job with your iphone. Cardinal flower is beautiful but finicky about conditions – I have grown it several times and it never lasts more than a couple of years. Under the right conditions it self-sows, but that has not happened for me. Of course, it may well be worth simply replanting every 2-3 years.

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