February 3, 2011

What I Miss

Know what I am missing right now?  The color green.

Know what I am dreaming of?  A long arbor with vines and a view.  I have room to put one in.  Somewhere.

Know what I am longing for?  Flowering trees.  A Snowbell -- Styrax japonicus.  A Kousa Dogwood.


Know where I want to be sitting right now?  On a bench in dappled sunlight under a shaded pergola.

Know what would make my heart jump?  Wild flowery shrubs, blooming with abandon, even unkempt ones like a big Lespedeza -- Bush Clover.

Know what I hear outside my window right now?  The last gasps of the Rudbeckia seedheads as they disappear forever, and a feeble hiss of steam as the heated birdbath goes under. 

Know what I am seeing now?  My relax sign as it succumbs under a white tidal wave.

Know what I miss?  My sanity.

All pictures were taken at Wave Hill Garden on the Hudson River last May.  Except the last two, which were taken out my window yesterday morning.

18 comments:

  1. You poor baby. What you need to do is go to the library and borrow the book _Private Gardens of Connecticut_ by Jane Garmey. It is a nice book. I have just read it. I enjoyed the different gardens and they are luxuriant in green. I thought of you as I read it. Just think it won't be as long as it has been and all will be turning green.

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  2. oh Laurrie I feel your pain. I faced a rather terrifying drive home from work last night in a snowstorm and this morning I had to dig myself off the porch! The drifts up to the door were several feet deep. Feels like we'll never see green again on days like this.

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  3. Laurrie, the snow will be gone eventually. It may be a few more months, but the new blooms will be on the way. Like you, we are buried, but I like the snow and find so much to photograph. I take a trip to the farm and it is grand to see the trees in the deep snow. I have a little Alberta Spruce with just the crown showing. I do have to get a photo of it because it looks like it is winking at me, saying this is all OK.

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  4. Sound like you need a vacation to some place warm and green.

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  5. We got buried with snow again yesterday and so, I too am missing the color green. I'd like to add a few items from your wish list, like that long arbor at Wave Hill Garden, to my own list. Wouldn't it be wonderful!

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  6. Lisa, I got that book for Christmas and it's beautiful. Sitting inside reading through it is a good way to get through winter.

    Marguerite, It does feel like spring will never come again, doesn't it? I could sure use your snowshoes!

    Donna, In my less despairing moments, I too like the snow and find much to enjoy. I even went skiing today! Perked me up a lot.

    Joene, we all need to get away to somewhere green. I'm headed to L.A. next week to see both sons.

    Jennifer, I'm wondering if I can do a smaller version of the Wave Hill arbor. Maybe....

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  7. You guys are getting hammered with so much snow ~ if I was there I'd be losing my sanity too. Harsh winter weather is more restrictive than summer heat. We lived in western PA during a couple of really cold winters and all of the ice and snow made it just about impossible to do anything outside.

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  8. Laurrie, I'm yearning for warm weather too but I have to admit the photo of the little rudbeckia seed heads just barely poking out from the snow is priceless. It sums up what's happening with our gardens under all that snow.

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  9. Sweetbay, winters here are usually outside-friendly and you can go for walks and do things outdoors. Not in this deep blanket of snow, though.

    Meemsnyc, green will return in spring, it's just so hard to picture that right now!

    Debbie, Every morning I check to see if the rudbeckia are still peeking up above the snow. After tomorrow's storm, even if we only get a few inches, they'll be gone.

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  10. Amazing, Laurrie. That is a ton of snow! The relax sign's disappearing, along with the hiss as the heated birdbath goes under, are quite comical.

    Here's hoping you keep your sanity.

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  11. Meredith, thanks, and welcome back! You have been missed.

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  12. No snow here but it is cold and gray and wet and dreary. It ways heavily on the spirit. That's why I went to the book store today and bought Michael Pollen's "Second Nature". It's a great distraction.

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  13. Ginny, I loved 'Second Nature' and I hope you do too. It's really timely and right on about how we garden and about how we relate to nature. Makes you think!

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  14. Love the "relax" sign. I want one!

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  15. Melissa, I need a sign to force myself to relax in the garden!

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  16. Oh yes! I find this starts to happen to me around February every year. the need to fellowship with the plant kingdom begins to fill my thoughts. This is usually the time of year that I start to plan my veggie garden, for this very reason. Maybe it is because most of the winter interest has usually faded by now and all we are left with is the YUCK.

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  17. Forest Keeper, We are all suffering in the northeast this winter! Thanks for stopping by to commiserate.

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