The Palazzo Piccolomini at Pienza, was built by Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who was Pope from 1458 to 1464, under the name of Pius II. He was a scholar of Latin and wrote extensively on education, astronomy and social culture. In 1459, he constructed a palace for himself and his Cardinals and court in his small native town of Pienza.
One of my fav spots in #richmondva ! #lewisginterbotanicalgardens #lewisginter #garden #ric #rva #804 #igers #implus #instadaily #instagramers #implus #places #beauty (Taken with Instagram at lewis ginter botanical gardens)
Bonsai, meaning “to plant in a tray,” is a tradition that originated in China about 2,000 years ago and later traveled to Japan. To cultivate a bonsai, a horticulture artist starts with cutting, seedling or small specimen of a woody-stemmed tree or shrub and then trains the plant to grow in a certain way, by pruning leaves and wiring branches into a desired shape. The goal is to create a miniature tree that looks natural, despite the artist’s constant manipulations. - Continue reading at Smithsonian.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Singer
Ed note: Singer’s Botanica Magnifica features beautifully photographed flowers and even earned a place in the National Museum of Natural History’s rare book room.
Something about this bloom is so romantic. It’s called Bleeding Heart Vine or Clerodendrun thomsoniae ‘Variegata’ — but If I were naming it I think I’d call it Hearts on Fire. You’ll find it on the left-hand side as you enter the Conservatory, look for it on your way into Butterflies LIVE!
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Someone just brought in a picture of this to be identified!