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:
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,
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
— "Hope in Elizabeth" by Kathleen Norris, for more see Little Girls in Church
Photos: dievca, Hudson River Park 05/2021
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!
The 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
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’.
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.
‘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
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.
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
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. 🥂🥃🍸🍺
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
In the heat of the afternoon, it was a deluge. I scrambled out onto the fire escape to place the pots of plants and flowers in prime space to catch the rain. Being careful not to slip, I moved everything and became drenched in the process. It was salvation from the heat. I stood in the torrential downpour like a pilgrim kneeling in supplication. Imagine my delight as I felt my prayers answered.
All by a Summer Shower.
Charlotte Olympia Bryony Flower Ankle-Wrap Platform Sandal
About a year ago, dievca mentioned that she was cleaning out her closets, eBaying items and limiting her purchases. (A DIY moment? Maybe….) Her amount of purchasing of clothing and accessories has diminished quite a bit this past year. Probably, because her attention was diverted with Life emergencies and changes. The pleasure of looking and shopping took a backseat to more important issues
As dievca has come up for air, she took a day for herself: to see the movie “Cinderella” in the Theatre with a girlfriend, got a mani/pedi, eBay-ed a backlog of items and completed a DIY shoe project she started last year.
Her DIY project was inspired by these Charlotte Olympia heels and her constraints were that she had to use a pair of shoes from her closet.
dievca cheated a little bit. she had helped her parents clear out their house and her Mom had a pair of ivory satin shoes exclusively made for Rosenthal’s Department Store. The shoes were dievca’s oldest Aunt’s wedding shoes in the 1930’s and worn heavily afterward. They fit dievca very well.
dievca brought them back to NYC and checked in with her favorite shoe repair shop.They said that they couldn’t clean them, nor could they dye them navy blue — but they could be dyed black.
The shoes looked great when they came back from their dye job and simple repairs. So, good that dievca was indecisive about adding flowers. she dragged her heels until she did a spot test with rubber cement and hot glue. The hot glue could be picked off the shoes without damage, so dievca could add her flowers and if she hated them – remove the flowers safely.
OK – dievca is not a glue gun demon…a small NYC apartments don’t offer a lot of space to work. 7 inches in front of a microwave on a glass cutting board is tricky. That said, here is dievca’s DIY offering for Spring.
Hmmm, not so good. In fact….kinda “Tacky”, but fun. dievca wore them for Easter and with a sprig of the leftover flowers in her tote bag.
The shoes were comfortable and held up well until she got to Master’s Apartment and then the piece which encased the heel of the foot pulled away from the sole. It can be repaired…but is it worth it?
So, dievca did her “Spring Goddess” presentation for Master without the shoes or stockings. She came to Him in bare feet, stained a little purple/blue from the shoe dye even after being washed….