A moment of Peace

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It Wednesday – Life is hectic, dievca is offering a moment of Peace with a photo from the Portuguese EcoFarm. she was focusing on the waterlily and ended up with three adorable frogs.

Photo: dievca Portugal 06/2022


Prepping for Midsommar

dievca’s friend had a delivery from her Father – new potatisar (potatoes) and jordgubbar (strawberries) from their Summer House garden.  We have a dill plant, chives in the garden, sour cream and pickled herring.  Lamb will be on the grill.

The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps.

dievca’s task? Scrub the potatoes…

photos: dievca – Scandinavia 06/2022


The Gardens of Santar


Smell the Roses

As dievca made her way to the composting area along the Hudson River there was a double blossom rosebush that gave off the most delightful of smells:

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The composting guy has a passion for what he does and he explained the various plants grown by the volunteers to the Hudson Riverway Park.  In return, dievca was able to share the breakdown of corn starch packing materials via composting –> Carbon Dioxide and Water… 

Equals Happiness.

XO

Photo: dievca – Hudson River Greenway 06/2022


The Month of May

20190505_144953“We roamed the fields and river sides,
When we are young and gay;
We chased the bees and plucked the flowers,
In the merry, merry month of May.”
Stephen Foster

Photo: dievca - Crabapple Blossoms NYC 05/2019

Happy Garden

Happy Garden

The crocuses, blue lily of the valley, hyacinth, daffidils, and tulips have blossomed in NYC — their timelines have blurred and it is creating a lovely burst of color along the Hudson River Pathway.


Continuing the NYC Staycation Mode:

So, dievca has stayed at The Standard, The TWA Terminal Hotel JFK and is now heading to Roosevelt Island for a stay at The Graduate hotel.  she’s never been to the Island and hasn’t taken the tram — it should be something different from work, the apartments and her Mother’s.  That’s the point of a Staycation, right? Something different without heavy travel.

Until she heads out on the 7 train, she is going to admire the Peonies Master bought for His dievca:

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Hope in the City

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From the train
it’s a city of roses
and rose keepers,
bald men in spectacles
and torn shirts.
There are miles of roses
in Elizabeth, New Jersey,

backyard arbors
shadowed by refineries
and the turnpike,
jungles of scrap,
still brown water, and poisoned marsh.

None of this matters
to the rose keepers of Elizabeth.
From the backyards of row houses
they bring forth pink roses, yellow roses
and around a house on its own
green plot, a hedge of roses, in red and white.

Surely faith and charity
are fine, but the greatest of these
is roses.

— "Hope in Elizabeth" by Kathleen Norris, for more see Little Girls in Church20210518_081443
Photos: dievca, Hudson River Park 05/2021

Lush

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Photo: dievca, Mom’s Yard 05/2021


Smell the blossoms – or not…

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It’s hard to know when the blossoms burst and you cannot smell them because of your mask.
Normally, dievca can smell them while riding her bike past the Hudson River Walk.
If you make a point of stopping and take off your mask – they smell divine!


In the Pink

Super Moon GifThe final week of April will kick off with a full moon, known this month as the Pink Moon. It’s also a “supermoon”.

The moon will officially become full at 11:32 p.m. ET Monday, April 26, but will look plenty full when it rises above the eastern horizon Monday evening. The moon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and look white as it moves overhead.

So why is it called the pink moon?

Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) or moss phlox on flowerbed

Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) or moss phlox on flowerbed

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name ‘moss pink’.


a POP! of color

Photo: dievca Hudson Yards NYC 04/2021

April Flowers

Flower Tushy

Or is that May Flowers?  

All dievca knows is that NYC is starting to blossom.  

Something lovely to see. XO


The First Day of Spring!

This spring flowering bulb was first brought to Europe from its native Middle East in the 1500s. It was mostly grown for the fall blooming species used for making an expensive cooking spice. However, most gardeners know it for the early blooming varieties that herald spring. It’s the crocus.

This iris family corm (a rounded underground storage organ present in plants such as crocuses, gladioli, and cyclamens, consisting of a swollen stem base covered with scale leaves) produces tube-shaped flowers in abundance in colors such as mauve, lavender, white, and yellow.

Crocus chrysanthus varieties bloom early, often while there’s still snow on the ground.

Crocus are fall planted, like daffodils and tulips. Even with winter hanging on through March, look to see the crocus blooming in warm spots or protected areas.

A crocus is often the first sign of Spring in NYC.


Coming to the end of Summer

Photo: diveca Hudson River 09/2020

‘TIS the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone ;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone ;
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem ;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither’d,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh ! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
‘TIS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER


Think Pink: Myla Lingerie

“Flowers grow out of dark moments.”

~Corita Kent

Spring flowers don’t realize that COVID-19 is a problem. They are in full bloom around the City.
April Showers have brought those Flowers and Myla Lingerie is willing to help celebrate!


Last Roses of Summer

Summer hasn’t quite finished in NYC.
The leaves haven’t turned.
Perennials are still blooming.
The Roses are having their last hurrah.

Photo: dievca - Hudson River NYC 10/2019

a breath before the Season Finale

Photo: dievca Chelsea NYC


redolence

Photo: dievca 05/2018 crabapple blossoms by the Hudson River

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.

William Cullen Bryant

Redolence is the way something smells.

dievca always pauses on her way to work to enjoy the redolence of the flowering crabapple trees. The trees are in blossom earlier this year than last.

The word redolence almost always refers to the very best odors and scents.


Master beat dievca

He saw the first “Snowdrops” of the Season in the Shakespeare Garden, Central Park NYC. They saw these Snowdrops together on the High Line:

dievca spotted the Crocus’ first! On the High Line, in the rain:

The first flowers of Spring always bring a little bit of competition and a lot of Joy.

Photos: dievca- High Line NYC 03/2019

The language of Flowers: which are you?

Flowers.
A lovely gift to bring someone. Male or Female. A very Dutch gift.
Do you bring flowers that you love? Especially if you don’t know what flowers the giftee loves?
Do you try to guess what they might like?

Or would you think about the flower’s meanings? Send a message?

In dievca’s High School, clubs would sell Carnations on Valentine’s Day to raise money for their activities:

A  White Carnation meant “Friends”
Red meant “Lovers”
Pink meant “Secret Admirer”

For 50 cents, you would pre-order and send the flowers with a message to the classroom where you knew your “target” was sitting. The pink carnations were quite desirable.

Hmm, fun to remember that~wonder if they still do it.

dievca received three sets of flowers for her Birthday.

Which bouquet of flowers do you think is her?


White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, a new beginning, a fresh start.
Red rose: love, I love you
Deep, dark crimson rose: mourning
Pink roses: grace, happiness, gentleness
Yellow rose: joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning
Orange rose: desire and enthusiasm
Lavender rose: love at first sight
Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy

Celosia (Cockscomb) – Boldness/Courage or Affection, Singularity, Silliness.

Gerber Daisy (Gerbera): Innocence, Purity
Carnation (red): Love, Admiration, Friendship, Pride, Passion
Carnation (yellow): Disappointment, Rejection, Disdain
Hydrangea (foliage and flowers): Thank You for Understanding, sometimes Heartlessness
Rose (red): love, I love you
Mums (yellow): Happiness, also Slighted Love, Dejection
Mums (white): Truth, Hope, Loyal Love, Pure & True Affections

More importantly, which flowers are you?

Farmer’s Almanac Symbolic Meanings of Herbs, Flowers and Other Plants
Aloe Healing, protection, affection
Amaryllis Pride
Anemone Forsaken
Angelica Inspiration
Apple blossom Preference
Arborvitae Unchanging friendship
Aster Symbol of Love, Daintiness
Bachelor’s button Single blessedness
Basil Good wishes
Bay Glory
Begonia Beware
Bittersweet Truth
Black-eyed Susan Justice
Bluebell Humility, kindness
Candytuft Indifference
Carnation Women, Love
– Red carnation My Heart Aches, admiration
– White carnation Innocence, pure love, women’s good luck gift
– Pink carnation I’ll never forget you
– Yellow carnation Disdain, disappointment, rejection
Chamomile Patience
Chives Usefulness
Chrysanthemum Cheerfulness
Clover, white Think of me
Coreopsis Always cheerful
Coriander Hidden worth
Crocus, spring Youthful gladness
Cumin Fidelity
Cyclamen Resignation and good-bye
Daffodil Regard
Daisy Innocence, hope
Dill Powerful against evil
Edelweiss Courage, devotion
Fennel Flattery
Fern Sincerity, humility; also, magic and bonds of love
Forget-me-not True love memories
Gardenia Secret love
Geranium, oak-leaved True friendship
Gladiolus Remembrance
Goldenrod Encouragement, good fortune
Heliotrope Eternal love
Holly Hope
Hollyhock Ambition
Honeysuckle Bonds of love
Horehound Health
Hyacinth Games and sport, playfulness, rashness
– Blue Hyacinth Constancy of love
– Purple Hyacinth Sorrow, forgiveness, regret
– Yellow Hyacinth Jealousy
– White Hyacinth Loveliness, prayers for someone
Hydrangea Gratitude for being understood; frigidity and heartlessness
Hyssop Sacrifice, cleanliness
Iris A message
Ivy Friendship, continuity
Jasmine, white Sweet love
Lady’s-mantle Comforting
Lavender Devotion, virtue
Lemon balm Sympathy
Lilac Joy of youth
Lily, calla Beauty
Lily, day Chinese emblem for mother
Lily-of-the-valley Sweetness, purity
Lotus Flower Purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth
Magnolia Love of nature
Marigold Despair, grief, jealousy
Marjoram Joy and happiness
Mint Virtue
Morning glory Affection
Myrtle Good luck and love in a marriage
Nasturtium Patriotism
Oak Strength
Oregano Substance
Pansy Thoughts
Parsley Festivity
Peony Bashful, happy life
Pine Humility
Poppy, red Consolation
Rhododendron Danger, flee
Rose, red Love, I love you.
Rose, dark crimson Mourning
Rose, pink Happiness
Rose, white Purity, heavenly, I’m worthy of you
Rose, yellow Jealousy, decrease of love
Rosemary Remembrance
Rue Grace, clear vision
Sage Wisdom, immortality
Salvia, blue I think of you
Salvia, red Forever mine
Savory Spice, interest
Sorrel Affection
Southernwood Constancy, jest
Sunflower Adoration
Sweet pea Pleasures
Sweet William Gallantry
Sweet woodruff Humility
Tansy Hostile thoughts
Tarragon Lasting interest
Thyme Courage, strength
Tulip, red Passion, declaration of love
Tulip, yellow Sunshine in your smile
Valerian Readiness
Violet Loyalty, devotion, faithfulness, modesty
Wallflower Faithfulness in adversity
Willow Sadness
Yarrow Everlasting love
Zinnia Thoughts of absent friends

A more complete table can be found here.


Midsommar Celebration NYC

Yesterday, the Swedish Consulate in NYC hosted a Midsommar Celebration in Battery Park City, downtown Manhattan. dievca biked down after work to see the chaos.  According to her friend, it was quite similar to what goes on in Sweden for Midsommar. Singing, dancing, eating, drinking while wearing floral crowns. A celebration of the Earth, topped off with the raising of the phallic Maypole (something about balls and a cock piercing Mother Earth. etc.)

It was too crazy to try to get food, so a bodega further uptown offered simple fair and the Hudson River offered a spectacular view.

Today, dievca is working and then heading out to watch the Germany/Sweden World Cup game. Afterward. dievca is hosting a small cocktail party for her visiting friend.

Have a fabulous, close to Midsommar Saturday. 🥂🥃🍸🍺

Photos: dievca 06/2018 Battery Park

Walk with me in my ‘hood…


Photo: dievca NYC 05/2018

Flowers & the Sun = Good Morning!

Master bought His dievca peonies.
A Midwestern treat in the City.
Don’t have to shake off the ants.
$12.00 per three buds.

dievca’s Mom asked the Home Aid to take and send a photo of the Iris’ in their garden.
Purple. Beautiful.
Lovely to be thought of.
dievca’s favorite flower.

The sun finally came out at the end of the day, yesterday.
And today is supposed to be nice.
dievca will be taking a nap on the rooftop.
Master can’t make it…

Join her?

 


Spring Blossoms

Bee to the blossom,
moth to the flame;
Each to his passion;
what’s in a name?
~Helen Hunt Jackson

Photos: dievca 04/2017
The smell of the Blossoms catch dievca each Spring. she has to stop and take a moment to immerse herself in the Joy.


Spring has Sprung for Easter in NYC

dievca: 04/15/2017 Chelsea / Midtown

Spring = Coach x Rodarte Collaboration

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.
~Srikumar Rao


Thundersnow.

Yesterday, they were on the High Line.

And though crocuses are hardy…
Today, dievca is pretty sure they are gone.

Thundersnow can do that to you.

Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thundersnowstorm, is an unusual kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of an extratropical cyclone. Thermodynamically, it is not different from any other type of thunderstorms, but the top of the cumulonimbus cloud is usually quite low. In addition to snow, graupel, or hail may fall. ~ wikipedia

PS. there is more snow – this is what has shown up on a protected corner of dievca’s fire escape. she’s barefoot and not about to step out for better photos, sorry. XO


Blossoms

At the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam there is a gorgeous installation of flower lights that drop and open — softer petals. I have photos, but the videos are a better look.
(dievca’s photos down below) XO

Bored Panda: Silk Flower Light Kinetic Sculpture Shylight Studio Rijksmuseum

The video of making the art is fabulous.

Vidoes: "Better Late Than Pregnant".
Photos: dievca 2016 Amsterdam Rijksmuseum


Malus ~ on the ride home. The Dichotomy of NYC.

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The beauty and the construction.
As Master says, “Spring in the City.”

The smell attracted dievca, the helicopter fascinated her and the sunset kept her.

Photos: dievca 04/2016 NYC