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      Text and photographs are © by Ellen Spector Platt & Ellen Zachos, all rights reserved.


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      Sunday, March 2, 2014

      LOOKING HARD IN NYC

      Around NYC we're desperate for a sign of spring. Yes, there have been sightings of witch hazel blooms at the NY Botanical Garden and snowdrops on Abbie Zabar's terrace but I want my own signs, closer to home. On my 18th floor roof garden I seek and find.
      Above, real flower buds of  Hellebores, the lenten rose, tucked deep in a container, preparing for the start of Lent next week.
      Buds are starting to form on the pussy willow tree propagated from one stick, rooted in water six years ago and shoved in a container outdoors. The tree is ready for its spring pruning.
       In my apartment, the new prunings stand in a vase of warm water, giving me pleasure as the buds enlarge and mature. These  stems will root and be ready for transplanting anywhere I chose, the grandchildren of my first NYC grocery store bunch of pussy willow.
      Spring is on its way.

      Friday, February 13, 2009

      Any day now...

      I confess, as much as I seem to be endlessly patient and at one with the universe, I am chomping at the bit for spring.

      Honestly, I love winter. Having grown up in NH, I crave banks of snow, ice storms, dark afternoons, and a wood stove to keep me warm. But along about Ground Hog Day I'm done. Which would be fine if I lived in the kinder, gentler part of Zone 6. In NYC winter lingers. Sometimes till March, sometimes till April. Frosts in May are not unheard of.

      But like I said, I'm done. So I start looking. Prowling about for the smallest sign that underground something senses the days are getting longer and that on a sunny afternoon you can actually take off your jacket in Central Park.

      Here's what's out today:
      Galanthus nivalis (snowdrops)


      Hamamelis mollis (Chinese witchhazel)


      Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite)


      Helleborus orientalis (lenten rose)


      What's poking its head up in your garden? Go ahead...make me jealous.

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