Wednesday, May 12, 2010
For the moment, we'll leave you with these words from people wiser than us.
"Earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers also feed the soul." The Koran
"Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?" Maurice Maeterlinck
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Because mothers try so hard to make sure siblings manage to survive one another.
(Especially mothers of boys. And especially mothers of boys like Tucker and Brad. Their YouTube video surely makes their mom proud of her hard work.)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
As I climbed a multi-foot snowbank in late February to wait for the uptown M7 bus, I noticed a thin, middle-aged woman wearing an open jacket and no gloves, shoveling snow away from the submerged curb.
She was wearing what appeared to be a Metropolitan Transportation Authority-issue shirt underneath, with the colored circles of various bus and train routes.
Me: “I can’t believe they make you do this, with no gloves either! I have enough problems with the M.T.A. as it is.”
Woman: “Oh, I don’t work for the M.T.A.”
I motioned to her T-shirt. She opened her jacket more so I could better see: the colored circles were part of a design that spells something out.
Woman: “This? This is my New York City Marathon T-shirt. I work in there [she pointed to the flower shop behind the bus stop] in the basement, and I was just so hot!” Dan Heching
Monday, February 22, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
As anyone who has ever seen the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray knows, there is only one genuine, authentic groundhog prognosticator and that's the one in Punxsutawney, PA. According to Phil, we're in for six more weeks of winter. All the more reason to wrap oneself in thoughts of love and warmth.
Here at Gotham Gardens, we've turned to some of our favorite writers for a little illumination on the subject.
Some of us who seem to have been in hibernation this winter liked this gem from Zora Neale Hurston: Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
The gardeners couldn't resist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
Those of us who remember the enchantment of Il Postino are immediately swept away to a sunny Mediterranean island thanks to the words of Pablo Neruda:
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Colin Crosbie, Garden Superintendent and curator for ‘The Voice of Wisley’ experiment said, "There is something wonderfully pleasing about a plant responding to a story about how its kind came into being."
Given the influence of British TV on the U.S., can "American Plant Idol" be far behind?
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We sure can't. Anymore than we can resist this groaner. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
Pilgrims, of course.
A note for the historically-minded. In the mid-16th century, Thomas Tusser, musician, farmer and poet, put his observations on farming, country life and human nature into rhyming couplets and published first A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie, followed by the expanded, Five Hundredth Good Pointes of Husbandrie. To him we owe the familiar observation on April showers among other sayings:
Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.
The stone that is rolling can gather no moss.
Naught venture, naught have.
Look ere thou leap, see ere thou go.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
Some respite to husbands the weather may send, but housewives' affairs have never an end.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
When you just need a little something. These charming glass bulbs come nestled in a padded box (like two gifts in one!). Chinese character on one side, English on the other. Who couldn't use a little peace and love?
So the warmth of a Russian sable is out of the question this year. This gorgeous lacquerware bowl radiates warmth. And besides, a sable makes a lousy salad bowl.
Give a little light and a fragrance so enticing it was a FIFI finalist this year for home collections. Le Cherche Midi candles combine cotton wicks, all natural essential oils and the highest quality hand poured wax. The boxes, made from recycled wood, are silk lined, perfect for storing little treasures and trinkets.