City Tulips, Country Blooms: A Writer Wednesday Post

May 14th, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays


City Tulips

City Tulips, photo & all text © Irene O’Garden, 2014

As the old song goes, while strolling through the park one day, in the merry, merry month of May, I was taken by surprise… by the colossal size and the glory of the tulips on the way. These opulent beauties are gracing Madison Square Park for a few more days.

But I cannot linger to describe or draw conclusions from them (not that they need it) for I teach a dozen poetry classes this week to help our local schoolchildren cherish the natural world. (Thanks to the Hudson Highlands Land Trust’s  River of Words program.) So it’s a short post today.

Monday was School Forest Day here in Garrison, and I was asked to conduct a few sensory awareness exercises with first-graders. We watched leaves dance, listened to myriad sounds, learned to know a personal rock by touch alone.

Here are the blooms I’m cultivating in our country woods–with any luck, they’ll keep blossoming for years and years.


Country blooms



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  • Mark Rettman

    That’s the bloomin’ Mother I was talking about on Mother’s Day! So, many seedlings waiting to grow all planted by rene O garden!

    • IreneOGarden

      A bouquet of Thanks, Mr R!

  • Susan Stogel

    you so inspire me, Irene. I don’t tell you often enough…… Thanks for sharing your stories and images. They always add a bit of (either / or / and) wistfulness, joy, laughs, sweet melancholy and just plain “wows” on Wednesdays (and beyond of course!). Your generosity touches us all. xo Susan S. and Lola

    • IreneOGarden

      Susan, it means so much to know you are reading my offerings! Buzzes of love through the friendosphere!

  • Laura

    I can’t imagine anything more inspiring and beautiful than this post – I remember the childhood wonder in the woodland just looking at this. And the tulips! We can tell time now by the sequence of flowers and I cherish Irene as our guide..

    • IreneOGarden

      You warm my heart in the shifting spring winds, Laura–thanks!

  • giom

    …like that…”learned to know a personal rock by touch alone”….we could all learn to rely more.on our touch…my love might wonder why I am touching her face so…she’ll have you to blame 🙂

    • IreneOGarden

      What a lovely image, giom! Hope she is tickled–in more ways than one!

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