Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day, Actually

Having totally messed up and thought Earth Day was last week,
I'm happy to tell you it is today --which I'm sure you already knew by now.
But a good day to go for a walk in Chelsea and check how much nature there is
in the city. It was overcast and a little chilly. I was accompanied
by my trusty hound whose first spring this is.
A leather-leafed viburnum.(23rd Street between 8th and 9th.)

Fruit blossom on 21st .

Lilacs ditto.

My favorite photo. The different shaped leaves --
the iris, the bleeding-heart, the hellebore.
Reminds me of the medieval tapestries in the Cloisters .

A spring flower arrangement glimpsed thought the window of a delivery van
from D'oro's Annexe on the corner of 9th Avenue.

I was very touched to receive this award from Cynthia of Oasis Writing Link
who had been given it herself by Catherine of A Thousand Clapping Hands.
Cynthia explained the award : The Renee Award was created by two artists, Bella and Ces.
It is one of the most meaningful awards in blogworld because it honors someone who is incredibly inspirational in her intelligent and witty writing. And by doing so, this award celebrates women's smart, strong and inspirational spirit. It honors women who spread joy and love like an acorn...a small package growing into a tall and sturdy oak tree which gives more acorns that continue growing into tall and sturdy oak trees. ..

I would like to hand it on to Tracy of PinkPurl who lives in Norway .


  1. I don't know what the flower is unfortunately Elizabeth - sorry - although it is familiar.
    I love all the hellebores - they are all out here too - I bought a new one yesterday at the Garden Centre called Sylvestris - it is very unusual.
    When I think about it I do love plants with green flowers.
    I am amazed that Lilacs are out although you say the weather is chilly - ours are nothing like ready to come into bloom yet.
    Hope your pup is enjoying his first Spring. Mine is going for a haircut in the morning - her first.

  2. I could just smell the lilacs when I saw the photo. They have to be one of my favorite flowers come spring. Love the pictures!

  3. Thank you for your congratulations, Elizabeth, and also for Buster's :))
    I remember you were the first blog I visited, and I was sooo impressed of the wonderful colours of Marocco in your pictures!
    Wow, this one year has passed so quickly! Thank you for being a blogging friend :)
    BTW, the flowers you posted are just the same I photographed in Vienna yesterday. New York and Vienna must have a very similar climate this spring :)
    Have a nice week and hugs hugs hugs, Maria.

  4. Beautiful pictures befitting Earth Day.

  5. congratulations on your blog award E. Well deserved! I LOVE lilacs -- smell so sweet, beautiful color and yet their lives are so short. I am amazed you found one in the city at all... it looks like it was on the street and not in some Brownsotne's back yard garden. On 21st... maybe nearer the water's edge.. just not sure East or West side.

    And don't feel bad. I thought Earth Day was yesterday. Actually, every day is....

  6. Congratulations on your award!

    Lovely spring flowers, the tapestry one is also my favorite:)

  7. That first photo shows a Leather Leaf Viburnum. A really interesting shrub. Come and pull weeds in my garden anytime.

  8. Beautiful flowers and photos.

    You didn't really mess up on Earth Day. You reminded us that it should be every day!

  9. Proof that New York City really is beautiful! Kim

  10. My bleeding hearts are up, too! Can't wait for the lilacs.

    Congrats on the lovely awards! :)

  11. I too love hellebores. I finally have two planted in the back on my terrace.

    Isn't it lovely to walk anywhere in the springtime?

  12. A well deserved award. Congratulations! Love the comparison with the tapestries at the Cloisters. I could look at them forever, and still find something new every time.

  13. how could one not love each photo - I could almost smell these gorgeous flowers! AND congratulations on your award - you are so worthy of this honor....

  14. Firsly, congrats on the award and what a great way to pass over to Tracy :P
    Love the flowers..just posted my earth day..sorry 1 day late..Such wonderful spring flowers, so wishing I could be there or better, plant them in my garden. hugs/m

  15. Many a beautiful green oasis in a city known for its tall buildings!

    I remember an Earthday in the late 1990s, high on top of the Twin Towers. A group of young people dressed up as trashcans, banging the lids in rhythm, suddenly emerged from the elevator. When they found out it was my daughter's birthday (she was 3 or 4 then), they started singing "Happy Birthday" to her. She was very much impressed by the surprise birthday gift.

  16. Happy Day, Elizabeth! Love these floral tributes to Mother Earth! Those lilacs...can almost smell them. And not to worry...every day is Earth Day really. :o) Congratulations on your great award. And thank you so much for sharing this one with me, my friend--I am honored and humbled. :o) ((HUGS))

  17. The blogosphere is awash with spring flowers and here the winter's closing in. Oh well, I can dream can't I?

  18. Beautiful photos for Earth Day, Elizabeth. (I loved your other Earth Day, too! As Patty said, Earth Day should be every day.)


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