Saturday, March 2, 2013

Orchid remedy for the common cold

The grey days of winter begin to yield to the idea of spring. Squinting hard at the trees, I detect a hint of swelling at the tips of branches. Sometime soon there will be buds. To survive the last of winter's gloom, it is necessary for me to go and see something in bloom. In the city, the New York Botanical Garden is hosting their 11th annual Orchid Show. In the country, a great place to go is Lynch's Garden Center.
Lynch's carries a nice selection of reasonably priced orchids year round. The variety changes throughout the year as more exotic species become available. These photos don't do them justice.
When Spring finally does arrive I usually become a frequent visitor to  Lynch's, replacing the various perennials that have fallen victim to weather or hungry voles. There are also supplies for potted plant gardens. I love these clay pots.
After the garden center, I stopped by the beach near the Bathing Club on Gin Lane. The beach erosion was readily apparent. Stone bulkheads normally buried in sand were fully revealed. Temporary fencing was up on the ocean side of the Jessie May Woolworth's former Mansion
Reconstruction was going on and a few dog walkers were out enjoying the 42 degree day.

There was an interesting column in the Friday's edition of the Wall Street Journal about a Swedish artist, Hilma af Klint. Based on what current art historians highlight as milestones in art history, it is amazing to see the paintings that she was creating in the late 1800s. Hilma lived from 1862 - 1944 and painted this:
More about the show Hilma af Klint show at the Moderna Museet Stockholm here.

Back home, admiring my orchid.
Have a great weekend everyone!

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