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Saturday, March 10, 2012

No, I did not give up blogging for Lent . . . (and other TLLG Updates)



Because nineteen days (or two and a half weeks) have passed since February 21st 2012, which also happens to have been Shrove Tuesday (or the day before Ash Wednesday, a day that marks the beginning of Lent), and was the last time I posted here on TLLG, you, dear reader, might have presumed that I gave up blogging on TLLG for Lent.

However, that is not the case. Giving up things for Lent is not a task I have mastered, and I find succeeding in the attempt to give up things for Lent to be about as successful as keeping New Year's resolutions, a topic I have discussed in a previous post on TLLG, which you may refer to by clicking here as well as here.

This is not because I do not think that I have need for improvement in the way I conduct my life, for I certainly do, and while the idea of fasting from thinking about past emotional hurts; or fasting from swearing; or fasting from petty anger; is appealing, I often find the more I set out to do something (or to not do something), the more likely I am to do the opposite. 

And, before I get too philosophical here, I'll return to the topic at hand, my return to posting here on TLLG. 

If TLLG were like other blogs out here in cyber-land, I would be telling you about all the events and circumstances that have consumed my time during the past nineteen days, but TLLG is not that kind of "venue," so, I'll just say: It's been a bit of a bumpy ride, but, it looks like I am back in the TLLG Blogger Saddle, ready once again to give voice to the things which I grow in my urban (NYC) terrace garden.

F irst of all, I am pleased to announce that the images and albums for my Name Tag Project have been updated on Flickr (hence the image at the top of today's blog post), and you may view the various name tag sets (Flickr's word for "albums" or "galleries") within my Flickr Collection by clicking here(If you want to refresh your memory on the back-story and details surrounding my Name Tag Project you may refer to previous blog entires posted on TLLG by clicking here as well as here and here.)

Meanwhile, within the aforementioned Flickr Collection, you will see that each of the 80+ things — 89 to be exact —  that I grow in my garden, and that I have referred to either on TLLG's Blog, TLLG's Facebook Page or nybg's (New York Botanical Garden's) tumblr), now have their own name tags! But, alas, this does not complete the project! 

This is because the bulbs which I planted (this past November) for tulips, daffodils and crocuses (seen in the collage below),



still need to have their photo-op with name tags posted in my recently updated Flickr Collection, a "task" I hope to complete within the next few days.

A sneak preview of one of the new families of tulips the Tulipa Kauffmanniana) from the November planting of my bulbs, can be seen with their name tag in the collage below:



The image in the top left corner shows how she looked on December 27th 2011, the day Juan V and I winterized my garden — just two and a half months ago! Our winterizing "event" was posted (with a "copy" of the aforementioned image) on TLLG, which you may refer to by clicking here.

The image in the lower right hand corner shows my Tulipa Kauffmanniana family eagerly poking their heads out of their winter gear, ready to embrace life, even though spring does not "officially" begin for eleven days!

I was "forced" to de-winterizie everything last week (details can be found on TLLG's Facebook Page by clicking here), which was a surprise, as last year I did not de-winterize until mid April, as you you will undoubtedly recall once you click here.

Additionally, as you can see from the images at the bottom of this collage, which feature my Tulipa Kauffmanniana's beautiful foliage, they are going to be gorgeous! 

Hopefully, at least one of the tulips will be prolific too, for you certainly must recall how opinionated my tulips were last year (in blog entries they authored on TLLG which you can refer to by clicking here and here).

In any event, I am sure that, after their winter's nap, all of the things I grow are eager to share their stories and insights with you once again. This is evident by their rising early from their winter's slumber as is apparent in the collage below.



I look forward to giving voice to each one of them via my garden themed movies (posted in my VIMEO Library), or on TLLG's Facebook Page or via the nybg's tumblr, and of course I will always let the things I grow author their own blog entries here on TLLG's Blogger in the days, weeks and months to come until it is winter time once again.

FALL 2018 ADDENDUM: 

I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances. My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series, pictured 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. 

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally,  I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

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