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Tulips of New York

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Tulips of New York

Believe me when I say there are Tulips everywhere in New York right now. The sidewalks, Central Park, community gardens, the flower markets, metro entries, here, there and everywhere. I have been trying with all my might not to go on a Tulip picking frenzy especially when there are the prettiest varieties sitting right there under my nose on mass. But I get it they are there to be adored by the walker by-ers, the fast paced New Yorkers.

Not many people in this city have gardens so I can imagine why there are the many volunteers that go around the city bringing the garden to the urbanscape for everyone to enjoy. In my last week of being here they are slowly starting to fade away in the gardens, the gardeners are pulling away the fallen blooms and replanting new varieties to go into the Summer. Wish I could stick around to see what’s next in bloom for the people of New York. 

New York Fairy Floss

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New York Fairy Floss

I am in absolute awe walking the streets and parks of New York at the moment. The most stunning Cherry Blossom or ‘Sakura’ trees are like no other I have seen before, all their own individual selves. And then you have the thousands of dropped petals that fly in the wind up through the streets like a delicate pink snow storm. Just beautiful.

The Cherry Blossoms were first brought to the United States as a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912 and now they have become iconic in New York. The New Yorkers celebrate their flowering with a range of 'Sakura’ festivals on offer. The most lavish festival is in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on the last weekend of April and includes all kinds of Japanese cultural activities including music, art, Children’s workshops and of course the beautiful blossom trees.

If you can’t manage to make a festival you'l find many of them spread around the city, Central Park and Riverside along the Hudson River. 

Autumn Spells Camellia

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Autumn is a beautiful time of the year when you get that crisp air in the morning and afternoons, the leaves are turning orange and a little fragile bloom by the name of Camellia starts to show her pretty face.

As a cut flower they are one of the most delicate to work with as they drop very easily. If using them for an arrangement they need to be used as soon as possible from when they are picked, literally straight from the flower farm. If you can pull it off the hard work is worth it as you will rarely find them in your everyday arrangement. 

The positive thing is that you will find them in many gardens around Sydney and quite possibly your own backyard. I like to cut a single stem to go in a bud vase to place in the bathroom or bedside table or on the table for afternoon tea.