It's Tuesday, so it must be tumblr but before I lead you there, here's a little (as usual) digression: The images posted above are of my still-flowering-in-December Tropaelum majus (Nasturtium) and White Swan Echinacea both of which I grow in my urban (NYC) terrace garden.
Additionally, my Helichrysum bracteatum (Strawflowers) and the roses, from all three of the shrubs that I have of them, are still thriving. This is quite unusual for this time of year in New York City, as by now we have usually had some snow.
"Perhaps the Halloween snowstorm that we (who live in the eastern part of the United States) have experienced this past fall is our snowfall for the year," some New Yorkers have said. And those who are making that "observation" are not "dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card they write," but, rather, they are hoping for no snow, a common "wish" for New Yorkers who don't want to contend with walking their dogs or shoveling out a car that they have parked on the street.
We have so many rules in New York City these days (most brought on by our mayor, Michael Bloomberg), regarding trans-fats, smoking, bike lanes, the drinking of soda, etceteras that I am wondering when the city will pass a law that it will only allow snow to fall on alternate sides of the street and in our city parks. For it's "the inconvenience of snow," which has many New Yorkers dreading the probability that, because we are in the middle of December, snow will fall. Last year's snowstorm, December 26th 2010, took folks by a storm and it reeked unexpected havoc on the city (for related blog posts, please click here and here).
I am not waiting with bated breath for snow to fall either, although I do find snow inspiring. As you may recall, I have used images of it in a number of the greeting cards which I have created, including the following:
Regarding snowfall itself, as a child I certainly hoped for snow, not just to build snowmen and go sledding, but I hoped for snow, because I hoped for snow-days; much like Mutts is doing in the comic strip posted below:
...whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal, whose photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.