Saturday, October 6, 2012

Autumn Colors in the Garden



   These October days the weather was good. I took my camera and went to the Botanical Garden. I have not been there for almost 10 years.
The Garden is beautiful, and there are new plants, rocky gardens and rockeries.
Rhododendrons were still blooming, different colors fuchsias grew in the open air near the rhododendrons.
Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden is the oldest garden in Russia, was founded by King Peter I in 1714 for cultivation of medicinal plants, as well as rare and interesting "foreign" plants. The Garden grounds served as a "Pharmaceutical Garden".
In 1823 the Garden has been named the Imperial Botanical Garden. At the same time the park-arboretum was created and the Conservatory was built, which largely preserved to this day.
 During WWII Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden was very affected by the bombing.
The first bomb fell on the Garden territory in October 1941, the blast blew out windows in Tropical greenhouse, a boiler stopped working. Under these conditions, a tropical collection was almost lost, because of freezing weather overnight. 
After the war, the garden has been recreated, greenhouses and their huge collection restored.
 I walked and saw a very old tree. I remember this old tree from my childhood, "when the trees were big".
 Finally I found a large flower bed in front of the main entrance, it surprised me. A Banana  tree was in the center, Cannas were planted around it, and ornamental cabbages grew around Cannes.
Now the Botanical Garden Conservatory has more than 75 000 living plants collections.  The Garden boasts a collection of woody and herbaceous plants in the open air in one of the most northerly Botanical Gardens in the world.
There are a lot of beautiful places in the October Botanical garden, I enjoyed the warm colorful fall day.


 Yesterday I was nominated to Sunshine Award by Satu http://satumaistaeloa.blogspot.com
I appreciate this Award very much, Satu!
Thurs Claim this award, one must answer seven questions. 

favorite number: 7
favorite non-alcoholic drink: juice
favorite animal: cat
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
Passion: gardening
Favorite day of the week: Monday
Favorite flower: Hydrangea 

Now I want to nominate blogs:

1. Betty, blog Gum Leaves  http://gumleaves.blogspot.com

2. Tammy, blog Casa Mariposa  http://ts-casamariposa.blogspot.com

3. Boriana, blog The flowers, forest, food  http://borianaboeva.blogspot.com 

4. Arek Cin, blog I assume the Park  http://zakladampark.blogspot.com/

5. Lucia-Maria, blog Glass, Eye and Heart  http://czarownyswiat.blogspot.com/   

Congratulation!                            


                                             

48 comments:

  1. That seems to be a fine place to visit. I've never been there.

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    1. Satu, It's a peaceful place in St.Petersburg. If you come here you will find it very easy- is in a city center, as the Helsinki University Botanical garden in Kaisaniemi. Thank you!

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  2. What a beautiful and old botanical garden, with a long interesting history. Thanks for the tour. I love the fact that this is one of the most northerly gardens in the world!

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    1. Laurrie, thank you for the comment!

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  3. Road Nadezda! Colorful, sunny autumn is beautiful. That I really like. Gray, rainy, foggy ... not. Lucja

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    1. Lucia, I moved your comment to this post, it was in wrong place. Thank you and your award in waiting for you!

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  4. Road Nadezdo
    Impressed me your photos. Excellent!!!!!
    A wonderful garden that you can enjoy.
    Nadzezdo, startled me with great distinction.
    The Award, thank you very much.
    Congratulations highlighted

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  5. Thank you very much Nadezda. I love yoyr blog

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  6. These Botanical Gardens are beautiful Nadezda and full of surprises! I love the beds along the front of the beautiful old building, The Fuchsias are very pretty as well as the smaller plants, arranged in patterns. Lovely old trees and gorgeous Autumn colours. I am amazed to see a Banana tree and Cannas growing in such a northerly area. They look very healthy.
    Thank you so much for the 'Sunshine Award'. It is very much appreciated.

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    1. Betty, I'm glad you liked the tour to my city Botanical Garden! I think your blog deserves this Award.

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  7. Hello Nadezda
    Congratulations on the Sunshine Award!
    What gorgeous gardens! They have a done a lovely job of restoration after the damage from the war. The garden is beautifully laid out and very colourful.

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    1. I've been remembering this Botanical garden since I've been very small girl and 'all trees were big'. It's always pleased to see the new trees, plants, flowers restored and grown in the Garden. Thank you, Astrid!

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  8. This is me once again. Thanks a lot for nomination. I have to stop writting my blog because of my other activities. (I have to write a doc thesis till the end of the december 2012/ subject: history of museums in west Poland), but I hope write new postsin spring 2013, maybe some of them also in English). Best Regards
    PS. Botanical garden in St. Petersburg is very interessant.

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  9. Such a lovely park. I am glad I was able to visit through your blog.

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  10. So lovely Nadezda! It was really interesting to read about the history of the Botanical Garden there.

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    1. I love this park too, thank you,spruge!

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  11. Lubię oglądać ogrody botaniczne i w wielu byłam. Pokazany przez Ciebie Ogród jest ciekawy, bardzo ładny i z pewnością wart zobaczenia. Pięknie go na zdjęciach pokazałaś. Pozdrawiam.
    I like to watch a number of botanical gardens and I was. Shown by your garden is interesting, very nice and certainly worth seeing. Beautifully showed us photos of him. Yours.

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    1. Giga, thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comment!

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  12. What great garden, rich with plants and history! Beautiful autumn colors! Thanks, Nadezda!

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    1. Tatyana, glad for stopping by, thank you!

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  13. Wonderful photographs, miraculous autumn colours. I am greeting

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  14. Nadezda this is such an important and wonderful garden! I love the planting of a Pharmaceutical garden and also the colours surrounding the ornamental cabbages, wonderful arrangement. The conservatory is impressive and I'm glad it could be restored so people can visit it today. Beautiful pictures! Also, congratulations on your Sunshine Award :)

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    1. Rosemary, this bed with ornamental cabbages surprised me by its color composition. I will try to grow same cabbages next year. Thank you very much!

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  15. Congratulations on your award, Nadezda.

    You have reminded me that I must go to a botanical garden soon. I haven't been for years. Your St Petersburg gardens are very beautiful. I hope you will go in every season and show the pictures.

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    1. I'm afraid to promise I will go, but I'd like to go there in spring. I wonder how nice the trees, rhododendrons and flowers bloom in that season. I hope to see the photos from your Botanical garden. Thank you, Frico!

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  16. Thanks you so much for the Sunshine! Congrats to you, too! :o) This botanic garden looks so beautiful. The greenhouse is huge! I'm so glad it was restored. It must be a wonderful place to visit on a cold winter day.

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    1. The Conservatory is huge and there are more others, smaller greenhouses. You're right, I feel there very comfortable after was cold and wet outside. Thank you, Tammy! Your blog deserves this Award!

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  17. Hello Nadezda!
    thank your for that interesting description and the wonderful pictures!I enjoy learning something about that amazing Botanical Garden!

    Meggie

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    1. Meggy,glad you liked my post, thank you!

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  18. What a beautiful place! I love the rock garden and the gorgeous architecture of the buildings. What an interesting history!

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    1. It's true, beautiful place and very peaceful. Thank you, Indie!

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  19. Nadezda girl this is such a beautiful place! .. I too am surprised by the banana tree ! They must move it indoors when the cold weather is coming ? ... my favorite picture is the last one .. simple but gorgeous !
    Joy : )

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    1. Joy, I think as you, they have to move banana indoors! The last picture I love because I like going rustling leaves. Thank you!

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  20. Dear Nadezdo!
    I came to take a walk on the beautiful Botanical Garden.
    This walk is a great pleasure. Many feel beautiful plants and flowers.
    Show is your perfect shot.
    Lucia

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    1. Lucia, I loved to go for a walk in this garden too. Thank you!

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  21. Really lovely Nadezda, I enjoyed my walk with your very much. I would love to visit St. Petersburg one day. Christina

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    1. It would be nice to greet you here! Thank you!

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  22. Hi Nadezda, It is nice to see a garden in this way that I may never have a chance to visit in person. Thanks for taking your camera along. I particularly like the rockery which is very textural.

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    1. Jennifer, these rockeries are well designed and created, it was a hard work in our climate. Thank you!

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  23. What a lovely botanical garden to visit. Beautiful photos.

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    1. Thank you, bakingbarb, for stopping by, you haven't been here long ago!

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