Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

A visit to Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY isn’t complete these days without a stop at the pool in the camellia greenhouse to get what has become the most Instagramable picture. The camellias in the greenhouse generally grow during the winter and when I took this photo, it was on the end of…

After the Rain

May was a gray and rain-filled month, but the one perk of dodging downpours in capturing the flowers after the rain, like with the camellias at Planting Field Arboretum. In the winter, I visit the camellia greenhouse at Planting Fields when I’m going through flower withdrawal, completely unaware that in the spring there are so…

Camellias in bloom

I recently visited Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY needing a dose of flowers in the winter. The Camellia House is one of two greenhouses on the grounds and contains the largest collection of camellias under glass in the Northeast. The camellias typically bloom in the greenhouse from December to March and most of the…

Spotlight On: Planting Fields Arboretum

Visiting an arboretum in winter may not seem ideal, but when it is Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY, winter means nothing when the main attractions are the greenhouses in full bloom. Planting Fields, built in 1904, is the former estate of William Robertson Coe. The 409 acres was where the Coe family resided in…

Flower Friday: Orange Camellia

A pop of a spring color is needed to remind me that it is a month until the official first day of spring. I know that once spring arrives it doesn’t mean that the cold and snow disappear, but one can dream when the temperature has been below freezing. These orange camellias are from the camellia…

Spring fever

After months of freezing cold weather and snow having a few days of relief with warmer temperatures in New York is giving me spring fever. It might be raining out right now but when the temperature hits above 40˙ for a few days it is almost cause for celebration. One place where it feels like…