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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's May! It's May! (Tuesday's Truths Week 82)

Welcome to the eighty-second week of my Tuesday's Truths series, which this week is coinciding with the beginning of the month of May, and as has been the case in bygone years, a song (It's May! It's May!) from Camelot is on my mind.

According to Holiday Insights (HI), one of the many celebrations associated with the so called (in Camelot) "merry month of May" is that it is Gifts from the Garden Month

HI states,"Gardens and gardening offer us a wealth of enjoyment and benefits.... while April is National Lawn and Garden Month (which I wrote about here on Blogger), it is still cold and even snowy in many parts of the country... May is a much nicer weather month, and most everyone in the country can participate in gardening in May ... That's one reason to enjoy gardening for each day of the month."

Today, in honor of the onset of the "merry, merry month of May," I am including pictures of what is now blooming in my rooftop garden.

The newcomers to my garden, Je t'aime Tulips and Blumex Tulips 2017-2018 can be seen in the images atop this posting and I discussed them in yesterday's entry.

In terms of returning flora, the following trees are included: a 'Tamukeyama' (which is a type of Japanese Maple), a Crabapple Tree, a small (table top) Fig Tree, a Japanese Larch (Larix Kaempferi), and a Fagus sylvatica (Beech Tree).

I featured all of them (except for the Fig Tree) in my post for 2018's Arbor Day (this past Friday), where I included an image nearly identical to the next photograph. (The only difference is that an arrow has been added to the image to indicate the table-top Fig Tree.)

Other returning flora includes a few shrubs: Continus Coggygria (Smoke Bush), Avellana corylus (Contorted Hazel Nut), Crepe myrtle, and Pyracantha coccinea (Orange Charmer Firethorn).

I've duplicated the aforementioned picture and added letters to indicate the placement of these shrubs.

The letter "A" indicates my Continus Coggygria (Smokey Bush), the letter "B" is referring to my Avellana corylus (Contorted Hazelnut), the letter "C" indicates my Crepe myrtle, and my Pyracantha coccinea (Orange Charmer Firethorn) is referenced by the letter "D."

This particular shrub seems pleased to boast about her orange ball-shaped blooms which can be seen in the following photograph.

The Orange Charmer is featured in my garden-themed movie, The Kiwi Speaks! Fifteen Minutes of Fame ... almost, which can be viewed within my Vimeo Channel.

It is also included in volume one of my Words In Our Beak book series as it is a shrub that the bird type known as, house finches, likes to visit.

In any event, other returning flora include my three vines: an Autumn Clematis (which is off camera in the "mocked up" garden photo (but is featured in the aforementioned garden-themed movie as well as in volume two of the book series); a H.F. Young Clematis (which trails up the pole seen in the upper left hand corner of the aforementioned garden image and is also included in volume two of the book series) and my kiwi vines (male and female which wrap around the railing that surrounds my garden, are the protagonists in my garden-themed movie and are included in volume one of the book series).

Additional returning flora includes some flowers such as my climbing white roses (although the jury is out on their fate for this season but they are featured in volume two), Toad Lilies and a geranium variety known as Sara's Choice). Returnees also include few plants (Mouse Ears and Heucheras, the latter is featured in volume one of the book series). Moreover, I have returning herbs lavender and rosemary (mentioned in volume one). As the garden season progresses, I hope to include stories accompanied by images of all returning and or any new flora.

And, with that dear reader, I conclude my ninetieth "episode" for Tuesday's Truths series.


 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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