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Ides of March 2019

Ides of March 2019 . . .

Liquidambar styraciflua
(NYC 03 2019)

for New Zealand

Quiet,
Silence.

Riot,
Violence.

Lost cause.
Lost mosques.

Christchurch;
We search.

Gentle
Islands;

We are
Crying.

“Kai su,
Teknon.”

— rPs 03 15 2019

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Lichen the Weather

Lichen the Weather . . .

Lichen in Bloom
(NYC 02 24 2019)

Punxsutawney Phil predicted on February 2nd an early spring. He has been correct but for two spells of clear, cold artic gale.

The freeze left behind the windswept spells softens after just a day or two of damp, soft rain warm enough to compell the morning doves to coo.

The air is crisp, damp, clean, and cool enough for the lichen to flower in the West Village. Ground level, too, starts to stir, sprout, and shoot.

Sprouts
(NYC 02 2019)

Shoots
(NYC 02 2019)

Winter Spring: a new subseason?

— rPs 02 27 2019

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There’s Moss

There’s Moss . . .

Moss Blooms Green
(NYC 2019)


January can be a month of peaks and valleys in terms of temperature. 2019 has been no exception. One day was damp and in the 50s, a few days later, there was gusting wind and single digits.

The green lining to the warmer days is a brief flowering of the moss, the bright green being the first kind of blooming to be seen in the West Village this new year.

Where There’s Moisture, There’s Moss
(NYC 01 2019)

— rPs 01 31 2019

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Holiday Rosettes

Holiday Rosettes . . .

Dandelion, Taraxacum
(NYC 12 2018)

The artful symmetry of plants has compelled my lifelong interest in botany. When the winter season begins damp and mild, as this year’s has, one of the most attractive plant patterns may be seen: the basal rosette.

Plantain, Plantago
(NYC 12 2018)

The fundamental base of the plantain, burdock, and dandelion appear like giant green snowflakes on the moist lawns of Manhattan. The designs are artful, not unlike the rose windows of festive houses of worship.

Burdock, Arctium
(NYC 12 2018)

– rPs 12 30 2018

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Autumn Greens

Autumn Greens . . .

November: Impressionist Greens (Lichen & Moss)

The language of autumn so often goes to “russet glows” and ‘the tang” conveyed by the leaves, shed, and drying to curls, colors bright of yellow, orange, and red leading to brown.

November, the fleeting, waning of an Equinox, allows a continuity to the growing season when as wet as has been this year. Look closer to see lingering to lushness of veins of rich green nestled within all this glowing russet bed.

Green in the the moss and the lichen feasting on some of the clearest damp air of the year.

Green is the onion grass bathed by the sunset, light framed and focused by a high line of underglowed cloud stretched across the horizon of the Hudson.

Wildflowers in the West Village.

— rPs 11 30 2018

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Halloween Color

Halloween Color . . .

Halloween Foliage: Somewhere in New York
(10 30 2018)

Perhaps the most iconic Halloween image is the bright orange pumpkin. Leaves of the sugar maple have a similar shade, and the wildflowers of the late autumn, if not ghost white, are a shade of yellow, gold, or Halloween orange.


Northern Bush-honeysuckle:
Diervilla lonicera
(NY 10 30 2018)

— rps 10 31 2018

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Cinnamon Sighting(s) . . .

Cinnamon Sighting(s) . . .

Cinnamon Chanterelle in the Rain
(08 2018)


Cinnamon Chanterelle (Cantharellus cinnabarinus), quite an unexpected appearance, has popped up here and there, no doubt because of the incessant rainfall on the the West Village.

Attractive, and edible, find small bright colonies around damp tree roots and other wooded areas.

Tiny Beauty
(08 2018)


— rPs 08 31 2018

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Wild Fruits of the West Village

Wild Fruits of the West Village . . .

Rhus coriaria
(NYC 07 2018)


The growing season appears good. Strung between brights days have been beads of clouded days flush with rain enough to make the city green space lush.

The crabapple grove in the park is so much an orchard as the roadside strip of sumac bearing berries ripe for the making of cool drinks. Many of the fruiting trees are now heavy with their fruit.

Malus
(NYC 07 2018)


And some has already dropped to damp earth.

Ginkgo biloba
(NYC 2018)


— rPs 07 31 2018

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Bloomsday 2018

Bloomsday 2018

Clover . . . Bloom.
(NYC 06 2018)

Today is June 16, the date immortalized in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, the day now come to be called . . .

Bloomsday.

– rPs 06 16 2018

Postscript: Read the full Bloomsday story from the WWV archives here: https://wildflowersofthewestvillage.com/2010/06/16/bloomsday/

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Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo . . .

Viola sororia
(NYC 05 06 2018)

Instant summer temperatures in the center heart of the spring season have made Manhattan bloom at the start of May.

Just a few days of sun and shower have combined to turn the blue, white, and brown tones of the cold season into a multicolored outdoor scene anchored in green:

Dandelion

Taraxicum officinale
(NYC 05 06 2018)

Dead-nettle

Lamium purpureum
(NYC 05 06 2018)

English Plaintain

Plantago lanceolata
(NYC 05 06 2018)

Garlic Mustard

Alliarim petiolata
(NYC 05 06 2018)

And one for the late Gary Lincoff, mycologist, guide, and author, who left us in Manhattan on March 16th:

Order Agaricales: for Gary
(NYC 05 05 2018)

Memories remain as May flowers on the West Side of Manhattan.

— rPs 05 06 2018

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