- The insect nymphs have been identified as Large Milkweed Bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus.
- A work colleague translated the Russian sign for me.
Crabapple, Narrows Botanical Gardens
Yesterday I visited Bay Ridge for the first time to attend the fourth Blogade, organized by Rob Lenihan of Luna Park Gazette. This gave me a chance to visit the Narrows Botanical Gardens (NBG) earlier in the day.
NBG is a 4.5 acre community garden run entirely by volunteers. It lies between Shore Road and the waterfront trails along the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten island in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You enter NBG from Shore Road. Unfortunately, my visit yesterday was ill-timed. Two of the three entrances were closed for construction. And the gate to native plant garden at the north end of NBG, which I was most looking forward to, was locked off.
It was another of those warm, sunny days we've been having, more like late May or June than October. There was lots in bloom, and lots of animal activity. I was surprised at the number of things I didn't recognize or couldn't identify. If you can identify any of these "unknowns", please leave a comment!
Pennisetum, I think
Nymphs of Large Milkweed Bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus
Thanks to Hannah Nendick-Mason, Contributing Editor to BugGuide and urtica (Flickr), whom I know better as Jennifer Forman Orth, author of the long-running and indispensible Invasive Species Weblog.
Monarch on Butterfly Bush
Bamboo, Zen Garden
Fruit of unknown shrub
Monarch Butterfly on unknown purple-flowering shrub
"Please, don't pick the flowers"
One of my work colleagues translated the sign for me. Here's the Google English to Russian Translation:
English: DON'T PICK FLOWERS, PLEASE
Russian: Не ставят цветы, пожалуйста
The word for "PICK" doesn't match the sign.
Another Modern Rose
Opuntia in Fruit
(Firefox' spell-checker didn't recognize "Opuntia." It suggested Jauntily Haunting Prudential Aunties.)