Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tulips: Old Masters

This is the most bustling, enticing, delicious farmer’s market I’ve ever been to. Local spring greens, potatoes, herbs, leeks. Muffins, honey, goat cheese, maple syrup. And flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers. The famous Greenmarket in Union Square. Funny, I had to go to … Continue reading

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Thistle: No More Waiting

Last December, I was at the Beacon train station, and I noticed a really magnificent specimen of a thistle. It was growing, still green in December, thriving among the gravel so carefully placed to keep weeds down (see Thistle: Waiting for the … Continue reading

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Fabric Flowers

Okay, this is sort of cheating for a blog that’s supposed to be about nature, but I’m an absolute sucker for quilts. Real old-time, traditional quilts like these ones, I mean, made from honest-to-god scraps. I once met an elderly quilter, … Continue reading

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Yew: Life and Death at the Mall

Sears department store is better known for tractors and washing machines than for floral arrangements. The landscaping around the Sears in Colonie Center Mall, Colonie, NY, is pretty sparse. Actually, once you get up close to these plump round balls of bushes, the … Continue reading

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Red Osier Dogwood: Winter Fire

This time of year, all the color seems to have drained from the world. No flowers yet, no  butterflies. Even the birds are hiding till the warm weather comes. In the early spring drabness, this shrub stands out like flame … Continue reading

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A Little Street Art

A while ago I was driving down a street in Albany, NY and happened to see this flash of red in the distance. I’m always a sucker for street art, so I had to do a U-turn and take a … Continue reading

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Crocus or Croak

An early April snowstorm, to make fools of us all. But see that little yellow dot in the snowbank? That’s a crocus. Last spring, I had one lonely crocus in my long-neglected garden. Just one. And on the first warm … Continue reading

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