And I thought. Damn, it's almost all over.
It's inherited. I know my mother is the same.
She says that when she picks me at the airport in Cape Town something still grips her heart - she knows that picking me up means dropping me off again at the end of my annual 6-8 week summer sojourn. She knows even as she is driving to fetch me, with joy in her heart, what driving to see me off feels like. Hollow, horrible.
I also see the endings in beginnings.
And summer in New York is terrible.
I like buds. I like anticipation. I like looking forward. Perhaps it's because it's almost unbearable when it really hits. I didn't have a blog a year ago. Perhaps I'm anxious because I want to photograph every blossom, every special tree I know. Perhaps it's just pressure. The linden trees for example. What happens when they blow? It will be white froth for a week.
The flowering quince on Congress has just broken bud. They stayed closed, slowly swelling, for a month, some kind of record. It confirms my poor opinion of this colour. Salmon-rose. Not good. The flower-form is lovely, though, as is the fretwork of branches.
And the Cornus mas in Cobble Hill Park has opened its funny knots of yellow flowers. Not the acid yellow of forsythia: better. From a distance, the tree does not make an impression, but close up the flowers are interesting, and the tart fruit that follows would be worth its growing, I guess, if I had a woodland garden. But most people don't look at flowers close up, and most are afraid of fruit borne by trees they can actually touch.
Hm. Summer project. Cornelian cherry jelly. I think their fruit ripens later than the amelanchiers'...
New York organic, here we come.