Saturday, March 26, 2011

Manhattan in Bloom

Cornelian cherries (Cornus mas) in Battery Park, beside the Hudson River. Under the Cornelian  cherries were dozens of school kids, just out of the nearby Stuyvesant High School, congregating and trading insults, smoking pot, looking suspiciously at my camera.

We had just come from nearby Tear Drop Park, where I'd wanted to check to see if the Juneberries shadblow amalenchier were in bloom. Not even close. There was still some snow in corners. But what was flowering? Winter hazel.

 Below, farther east, winter honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, in the Mfinda Kalunga Community Garden. An inconspicuous flower, conspicuous, audible scent.

And too early for the daffodils of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. I shall return.


  1. No doubt the teens thought you will take photos and turn them in to the Man! Better you should keep taking photos of the witch hazel - so pretty. Hope this is the last pop of cold and we can really start to warm up for good next week.

  2. Wow, things are blooming there ahead of here, even though we are due west of you. Maybe Manhattan and Brooklyn, with all the buildings, are actually a tad warmer?
    Thanks for the heads up for Earth Hour.

  3. I was on the Island of Staten today, in the woods, south east facing and there were many things about to pop, despite the cold winds, the ice, and patches of snow left in the shade.

    And water, lots of moving water!


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