Over 2 Million Strong Come to 5th Avenue for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

NYC Parade Life

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     One of New York City’s oldest traditions continued with a huge crowd of well over two million people lining up the parade route on 5th Avenue for the 258th celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The honoring of the patron saint of both Ireland and NYC is a way to keep the connection and unity between the people of both nations. People come from all parts of the country for this grand event. This year the parade was held on the 16th for religious observances on the 17th which fell on a Sunday.  The parade has evolved quite a bit since its origin in 1762, where today top High School marching bands across the country come in for the event to showcase their talents. All 32 counties from Ireland send their representatives to march. In this parade, everyone marches. There are no…

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Blue and Yellow

Eliza Waters

IMG_0593Our heatwave finally broke today and to celebrate I was inspired to create an arrangement. Blue Lacecap Hydrangea (H. macrophylla) is looking great right now, and along with a couple of my dwindling Azure Alliums (A. caeruleum), were my blue choices for the cobalt vase.

IMG_0594Contrasting yellow Daylily buds, which will open tomorrow (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’), golden Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa) and Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are accented with wild Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus) and some Poppy seed pods (Papaver somniferum).

IMG_0595Now that the weather has become more pleasant, I look forward to spending the next few days in the garden. Enjoy your weekend!

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Poppies

Eliza Waters

IMG_0454Lettuce Leaf Poppy (Papaver somniferum)

Also known as Breadseed Poppy, this is one of my favorite self-sowing annuals that puts on quite a show in early summer. Only lasting a day, the delicate blossoms of papery petals are a lovely mauve color atop gray-green, sharply serrated foliage. This type of poppy comes in white, pink, red and purple colors, as well as fringed and double varieties.

Beloved by bees for their abundant pollen, I often get cross-pollinated seedlings with a red variety I grow in another bed, which can result in a lovely raspberry color. I try to keep the separate beds true to color, as I once almost lost the mauve in a sea of red, so if a red pops up in the mauve bed, I do not let it to go to seed.

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Happy bee in red/mauve cross.

Each seed pod contains dozens of tiny seeds that can be…

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Super Bloom

Eliza Waters

IMG_1596Seeing California’s spring wildflowers has long been on my bucket list. With the long drought quenched by soaking rains the past few months, this year’s bloom promised to be a big one. I am most fortunate to have friends in SoCal willing to take me to see the show at Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore and wow, what a mind-blowing event it was. The tiny people on the far ridge above give you an idea of how vast the coverage was, 180 degrees of mountain vistas covered with California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and several other wildflowers.

Below is a slideshow to enjoy–

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Exciting Upcoming TV-Shows

NoReadsTooGreat

Hi bookworms, I realize this is my second non-book related post in a row but there are so many exciting tv show premiers coming up soon so I thought it would be nice to share my favourites with all of you! I have a list below of all the upcoming releases in no particular order. I would also love to hear from all of you about your favourite TV shows and which ones you are currently binging.

1. Game of Thrones Season 8

Release Date: April 14

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Watch the trailer: Here

I think most of the world is waiting with bated breath for this show to air. I have been relating the entire show in order to prepare for April and man there is so much I had forgotten from seasons ago… I just want to know what happens already!!

2. Jane the Virgin Season 5

Release Date: March 27

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A Happy Heart

Ishaisms

Look beyond the thorns to the red rose bushes

for beautiful leaves on twisted branches

azure streams amid treacherous forests

dark clouds that the sustainer of life houses…

Prickly pines with their pristine reaches

diamond dews on the morning grasses

the gleaming orange tree when the sun rises

the God painted hues of varied sunsets…

Snowflakes that look like pearly brooches

oil painted inspiration in balmy sketches

cheeks kissed by love’s first blushes

all that this poetic soul arouses…

See how there’s so much that pains yet more that pleases,

how the world is rife with suffering and even its releases,

how even in the storm, the garden sways and dances,

and how, for a happy heart, sadness quickly passes…

© Isha Garg

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