Red Tea Roses

Hybrid Red Tea Roses

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Eleanor Roosevelt Rose Gardens-Red Hybrid Tea Roses

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Summer Solstice!

Summer Solstice!

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Today it is officially Summer – the “Summer Solstice” the longest day of the year began at 6:07 am EST.  “Summer Solstice” means “when the Sun stands still”, when the Northern Hemisphere reaches its highest point closest to the Sun. 




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NY Botanical Gardens: Rose Gardens



 “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
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Peggy Rockefeller Rose Gardens (Overview)


One thing I look forward to each year are the many blossoming Roses at the New York Botanical Gardens Rose Garden Exhibit. The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is among one the most popular exhibits at the Botanical Gardens from May to October, when more than 700 varieties of Roses are in peak bloom. Sunday, was just the perfect day to visit the New York Botanical Gardens, located in the Bronx, NY.  Before entering the Gardens, one can view them from atop of a hill which overlooks the “fairy tale” beauty of the Rose Gardens.

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The “Peggy Rockefeller” Rose

The month of June produces the most vibrant and fragrant roses. The first weekend in June, in which the Gardens officially open, the many Roses are in full bloom! The hundreds of Roses planted include heirloom varieties selected for their intoxicating perfumes as well as their beauty. Even before reaching the Rose Gardens, we were entranced by the sweet scents filling the air!  The various species range from Roses exhibiting “Archduke Charles” China Roses, dating back to 1837, and the “Burgundian Cluster Roses from the 1600’s; to 2017’s “Miracle on the Hudson” in honor of Capt. Sullenberger, each with their own true beauty of color and fragrance!

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“Burgundian Cluster Roses” (1600’s)


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“Princess Alexandra de Luxembourg” Pink Double Roses


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“Miracle on the Hudson” Red Roses 


Designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand in 1916, this Garden was completed in 1988 with the support of David Rockefeller and named after his wife Peggy, a horticulturalist and conservationist who loved roses. The Rose Garden has received many International Awards and is considered to be among one of the world’s best, and most beautiful of Rose Gardens’.  There is even a special Tea Rose named after Peggy Rockefeller.  The architect also erected a Gazebo in the center of the Rose Gardens, adorned with Pink and White Climbing Roses, called “Awakening”.

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Gazebo covered with “Awakening” Pink White Climbing Roses


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“Garden Delight” Pink/Yellow Cluster Roses 

Hybrid “Tea Roses” bear one rose on each stem, and the vast majority of the flowers have a strong fragrance, many of which have been named after well known celebrities (note the roses shown below).  The “Peggy Roosevelt” Rose Garden produces highly fragranced golden-yellow roses, in flushes throughout the Summer Season.

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“Joan Fontaine” Off White Double Roses

“Rosa Julia Child” Single Yellow Rose


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“Purple Rain” 



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                                                Single Lavender Rose: “Purple Rain”

 Walking along the many pathways winding throughout the Garden’s, my friend and I came across so many beautiful, unique varieties and species of Roses.  I think we managed to photograph almost everyone, many of which are showcased in my article of the Rose Gardens.

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Pathway through the Rose Gardens


The inner most pathways of the Gardens exhibit more modern hybrids of Roses, while the outer perimeters along the wrought iron fencing, enhanced by the beauty of hundreds’ of “natural, wild species” (or old roses) in a purely naturalistic setting. The cluster of Pink/Purple Roses along the back fence (shown below) are called “Cinqo de Mayo”, for it lovely vibrant colors!


“Cinqo de Mayo” Cluster Roses


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“The Poet’s Wife” Yellow Cluster Roses


As we were leaving this scenic presentation of Roses, my friend Susan, (a friend since elementary school!), and I couldn’t resist taking photos of ourselves under the Trellis covered with “Alexander Girault” rambling roses!

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In Flander’s Field – A Memorial Day Tribute

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“In Flander’s Fields” is a poem dedicated to the many fallen Soldier’s during World War I.  The symbol of the “Poppy Flower” refers to the abundance of Poppy’s that grew in “Flander’s Fields”, which was a cemetery used during World War I.   

                                         “In Flanders fields the poppies blow                                                                                     Between the crosses, row on row,                                                                                     That mark our place; and in the sky                                                                            The larks, still bravely singing, fly                                                                                     Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

“We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flander’s Fields ”    

                                                                                                            … excerpt from the Poem
                                                                               “In Flander’s Fields by Colonel John McCrae



Poppy Watercolor Batik Painting by   MarciaMcKinzieArt

As today is Memorial Day, while many people are celebrating with barbeques’ (hamburgers/hotdogs, etc); partying with friends and family; how many, while partying, actually think of the true meaning of Memorial Day.  The first Memorial Day was celebrated on May 5, 1868, just after the Civil War.  This was a day to honor the many Soldiers and Veterans who fought for our Country. 

When growing up, I had always wondered why I always saw Vet’s wearing a Poppy flower in their lapels on Memorial Day, always celebrated on the last Monday in May.  Many times I have received a Poppy Flower from one of these Vet’s, never knowing the symbolism of it’s true meaning.  I have always loved the vibrant color of the Poppy Flower, but now I have a different respect of the flower when I see a “Field of Poppy’s”.

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Poppy Photography by Rose Clearfield

The origin of the symbolism of the Poppy Flowers goes back to the Civil War, where Colonel John McCrae was inspired by a Field of Poppies growing among the many bodies scattered across the battlefield.

In Flander’s Fields – A Memorial Day Tribute’ by MagdaleneJewels


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Here Comes The Sun!

Here Comes The Sun!

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Cherry Blossom. Harts Preserve, Hartsdale, NY


“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here co
mes the sun”

What better way to celebrate Spring’s final warmth than George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”! He wrote this song on a Spring Day after a long, cold English Winter. Well after a long, cold, snowy Winter in NY, I thought his lyrics were a perfect compliment to the Photography I took yesterday showing the first signs of Spring!

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Walkway of Cherry Blossoms – Harts Preserve, Hartsdale NY



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Weeping Willow. Hudson River Park, Dobbs Ferry, NY
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Throwback Thursday

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Ryan w his Godmother, Aunt Joannie (my cousin)

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McSorley’s Irish Taven

McSorley’s Old Ale House-Irish Tavern


Last year for my birthday, my son’s, Keith and Ryan, took me to McSorley’s Old Ale House. I thought it fitting that for St. Patrick’s Day I share a little about New York City’s oldest Irish Tavern in New York City.  Situated in lower Manhattan, in the East Village, where in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s many Irish immigrants who fled the “potato famine” in Ireland settled.

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McSorley’s Old Ale House  


Established in 1854, McSorley’s is recognized as the City’s oldest and still operating Tavern.  Some day’s, especially on weekends, it is nothing to stand in line and wait for an hour just to get in, as the inside of McSorley’s is very small, typical of the bars of yesteryear.  Besides me, everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have passed thru McSorley’s swinging doors. Woody Guthrie, with his guitar in hand, inspired the union movement from a table in the front tables of the bar. Walking along the “saw dust floors” one can feel the history that McSorley’s has shared with its customers for the past 164 years. 

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So pour yourself a mug of beer, and join me, as I take you through my experience at McSorley’s through the many pictures I took.


As one walks in, and steps through the “sawdust” floors, they are greeted by the Irish barmaids and waiters, who are more than willing to make your visit memorable. The walls are filled with much historical paraphernalia, artwork, and  newspaper articles, many dating back to 1854, which gives McSorley’s an atmosphere that many consider reminiscent of “Olde New York.”  No piece of memorabilia has been removed from the walls since 1910, and there are many items of “historical” paraphernalia in the bar, such as Houdini’s handcuffs, which are connected to the bar rail.  As you can see from the pictures below, they still use the original Cash Register and Beer Taps from 1854!

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A view behind McSorley’s Tavern


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The Original Cash Register & Beer Taps from 1854 


I also took this picture of Jack Dempsey, one of McSorley’s regulars, during his reign as the World’s Boxing Champion during the 1920’s.

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Signed Picture of Jack Dempsey  



So while drinking our beers, we dined on their “Irish” speciality of Cheddar Cheese, Crackers, served with their spicy mustard (I guess giving one the incentive to keep drinking!!!).



McSorley’s famous Cheese Platter 


With a treasure trove of New York City History filling the walls, what really caught my eye and attention were the very dust-laden wish bones hanging over the bar.  Apparently the “Wishbones” hanging above the bar were hung there by many of the young men going off to World War I, only to be removed when they returned, the remaining wishbones that are still hanging to this day, are from those who never returned.

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Wishbones left by Soldiers from WWI  


As noted by this sign, one of McSorley’s original motto’s was “Be Good or Be Gone”!

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It was finally dark when we left and took a walk around the East Village, at the corner was the sign for St. Mark’s Place. I had to take this picture, as growing up I spent every weekend hanging out on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village.  If you are old enough to remember, the “Electric Circus” it was on St. Mark’s Place. Of course those days will have to wait for a different Blog of my life!!

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Thanks to Keith and Ryan for making my Birthday, which was in November, a very memorable Irish experience!!!

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1912 Painting of McSorley’s – artist, John Sloan



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The EASTER Season


“Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, forgiveness, renewal, and new life”

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The thought of Easter always conjures up visions of “cute little bunnies; Easter baskets filled with candy; or a new outfit to wear on Easter Sunday”.  With Easter’s original meaning of hope and renewal, my newest Blog celebrates the “Season of EASTER” with beautiful gift ideas from my some of my Favorite Friends, and Team Members.  Since Easter is a little early this year, April 1st, it is not too soon to start some “Easter” Shopping for yourself or the perfect gift for a loved one!

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***Please note:  the beautiful Easter Card at the top is also from “Postcardsintheattic” 



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**Road to Adares, County Donegal, Ireland

                                              May the Irish hills caress you.                                                                                              May her lakes and rivers bless you.                                                                                       May the luck of the Irish enfold you.                                                     May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

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**Holy Well, Sligo, Ireland

On March 17 of each year, Christians around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, with a little “wearing of the green”!   This St. Patrick’s Day Blog features some beautiful Irish Gifts of Green from a few of my Favorite Friends, and Team Members.

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Although St. Patrick is associated with Ireland, he was actually born in England in the late 4th Century.  Moving to Ireland in the 5th Century as a Missionary; through his teachings, he became known as the “Patron Saint of Ireland.”


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On St. Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear Shamrocks, Green clothing or Green accessories, reminiscent of the beautiful Irish Green fields throughout Ireland.


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**Special thanks to Mary of “Pretty Gonzo” for the beautiful pictures of Ireland (shown at the top of the Blog)**

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Snowfall at Night!

Snowfall at Night

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As nighttime fell and darkness came, the snow was coming down at such a rapid pace.  As you can see from the picture, all those white spots are actually just some of the many snowflakes falling from the sky.  It wasn’t until I uploaded the photo did I notice how vivid the snowflakes would be against the very dark of night!

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