Spring Things 2014

Here are the latest denizens around my house:

Portucula “Salmon Glow”

In past years the hanger gets decimated in the summer if I don’t water it every day. As a change this is a succulent, perhaps it will do better if left unattended for a few days. Perennial.

Portucula (salmon glow)

Portucula (salmon glow)

Orange Symphony

Planters in the back. (annuals)

Orange Symphony

Accompanied by dichondra:


Black and Blue Salvia

More perennials in the front planters. These are accompanied by sweet potato vines. This salvia has already taken a bit of a beating from the squirrels digging up the planters, hopefully it will rebound.

Sweet Potato Vine, Black & Blue Salvia

Dressing the Hydrangea

The hydrangea planted a few years ago is doing very well… so well that the grass around it is having a hard time. So I’m trying to surround it by something. Let’s see how these annuals make out.


Three galium odoratum along the front:

Galium Odoratum

Galium Odoratum

Two blue star creepers along the side:

Blue Star Creeper

Filling in the Front

Some of the annuals I planted last year didn’t survive. Here are the replacements.

Lily Asiatic “Early Joy”

This hasn’t started blooming yet.

Lily Asiatic "Early Joy"



Bachelor’s Button

Again no blooms in this picture, but an interesting flower.

Bachelors Button

Meadow Sage

Meadow Sage

Something Wild

These were growing wild in the back and on a neighbor’s yard. Any idea what this is called?

Unknown Wildflower

Walking Home from Work

Ok let’s face; I did not walk from Manhattan to Connecticut, I took the train and drove my car.  But normally I take the subway from 17th Union Square to Grand Central.  Tonight I walked instead.  I forgot how much I enjoy walking and taking pictures in Madison Square Park.

Entering the park:

New York City 001

An electrifying sculpture:

New York City 004

The Shake Shack:

New York City 010

A favorite building:

New York City 016

Grand Central Station:

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Stamford, a storm drain in an interesting light:

Drain at night

New Installation in Madison Square Park

The sculptures constructed from steel beams has been removed, and a new installation has been put in it's place. Here are some pictures of the two 'tower walls' finished in the last week or so.

Steeple Chase

This is a picture I took in the late 1980s or early 1990s of a church steeple, probably in Bethel, Connecticut.

More Madison Avenue

These pictures came out a bit darker than I originally expected (or planned). On this morning, I took the 6:53 from East Norwalk. The pictures in the park were taken about 8:10.

My walk to work

Looking east in Madison Square Park

This is my favorite part of my morning commute; walking through Madison Square Park.  It's getting nicer now that it is warming up, and this was a beautiful morning.

Exiting the southwest corner of Madison Square Park. looking at the flatiron building.