Honeysuckle on the Hudson

So what is everybody doing on this holiday weekend? Enjoying family, friends, and Mother Earth perhaps? That’s what I’ve been doing so far, all within the boundaries of good ol’ NYC. We’ve got everything here, folks, and “everything” even includes a medieval garden of the highest horticultural standards.

My family and I spent Saturday afternoon at The Cloisters, the uptown branch of the Metropolitan Museum that houses the museum’s impressive medieval art collection. Located in Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters overlooks the Hudson River. This was the second time in less than a year we’ve all gone up there. I posted last summer about a Cloisters family day. Here’s a picture of one of the many stunning views from the Cloisters’ balcony. I took it earlier in the day when the skies were still overcast. That’s the George Washington Bridge, and that land is New Joy-zee . . . ahem . . . I mean New Jersey ;-)

This weekend the Cloisters is holding events and  fun activities for the children, and my niece Olivia enjoyed exploring the castle atmosphere and, most of all, the gardens. Here she is smelling a pretty pink carnation:

The Cloisters gardens are carefully designed and landscaped to replicate an authentic medieval garden, right down to every botanical selection. So you have plants that were prized for their medicinal uses, fragrance, cooking and  magical symbolism.

Check out that beautiful climbing yellow honeysuckle on the right:

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Gorgeous pink roses:

Sunny beds around the border, quince trees providing shade in the center:

Getting a lift to explore the fountain:

Everyone stopped to enjoy these still-young citrus trees. How can you resist them? They are charming and colorful and so cute!

Herbs are abundant in the Cloisters gardens. For centuries, those plants have been valued  for their therapeutic, healing properties. This is Valerian:

Comfrey:

Chives:

Stroll, kneel, and sniff. That’s how you explore an aromatic garden with delicate plants. There’s that honeysuckle again:

I just had to take a picture of these branches of the quince tree:

Something called a Hart’s Tongue Fern. I don’t know anything about it, but I want one for my garden! Great for shady spots, and nice shiny green leaves:

Peering in from behind the ivy:

A nice spot for quiet reflection:

Enjoy the rest of the weekend my dear friends! Love, peace, and happiness to you all. See you soon :-)