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Monday, April 30, 2018

April 2018's Last Day: Was T.S. Eliot right?

As April comes to a close for the year 2018, I'm thinking about the T.S. Eliot quote that's featured in the image atop this entry. Most folks know April is a month associated with the adage, "April showers bring May flowers."

However, it's been my experince in terms of my rooftop garden that April showers TAKE AWAY May flowers, which is something I've discussed in prior entries here on Blogger, including ones which you may reference by clicking here as well as here.

These past thirty days have been trying times (weather wise) for the flora I grow here and two weeks ago, Monday, April the 16th was certainly no exception. NYC's April showers on that day were more like April's torrential downpours.

Two days prior to that weather condition my Hot Springs Water Lilies, Elegant Lady Tulips and Monte Orange Tulips decided to bloom in full force after such a rough winter (four Nor' Easters) and because I knew that heavy rain would knock off the petals and those varieties' blooms would have only lived for half a day.

Therefore, I brought them into my home as I discussed in my blog post two weeks ago.

Flowers that are meant to be outside do not like to be inside and in spite of my efforts, I no longer have my Monte Orange Tulips or my Hot Spring Water Lilies, but I do have pictures of both varieties (six of each type) featuring how they looked in their last days. They can be seen below (respectively).

The Elegant Lady Tulip variety did a little better than her aforementioned comrades. I had brought three containers of this type into my home on April 16th along with the Monte Oranges Tulips and Hot Springs Water Lilies. Two of those containers of Elegant Lady Tulips still have blooms as seen below.

And the following images feature a few details of this tulip type.

So, if they were asked, perhaps the Monte Orange Tulips as well as the Hot Spring Water Lilies might say April was a bit cruel, but the Elegant Lady Tulips might not think so.

Moreover my Je t'aime Tulips as well as a Blumex 2017-2018 variety are just now blooming as seen below (respectively).

Hopefully they won't be zapped with April showers on this last day of the month, and instead, they will thrive as May flowers.

In any event, tulips are a big part of my garden and Cam featured a number of tulip varieties (all different than the ones featured in this posting with the exception of the Blumex family) in volume one of her Words In Our Beak book series, which is included in the next image.

By the way, the month of May doesn't only bring flowers, it brings Mother's Day (the second Sunday of the month). Either book makes a great gift for anyone you know who is a mother.


 Hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold.

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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