“Covert in April / Candid in May”

Or as Frank Sinatra sang it: “You’re ridin’ high in April/ Shot down in May.” Was the lyricist inspired by  Emily Dickinson…? Could be.

The weather on Sunday was sunny and temperate, white puffy clouds drifted across the sky and we were looking for a good excuse to be outside. Even if that meant going to The Bronx.

Nothing personal, Bronxites. It’s just that every time  we cross over the Triboro Bridge, we get lost. Following the directions provided by the New York Botanical Garden’s website didn’t help matters. But we soldiered on, determined to have an extraordinary day, and arrived at our destination — eventually.

Oh, my, it was worth all the wrong turns and ugliness of Willis Avenue and its environs. The New York Botanical Garden is paradise. On my list of places I’d never seen as a born and bred New Yorker, I fell deeply in love with its astonishing beauty.

The subject of the special exhibition during our visit was Emily Dickinson and her gardens. Meandering down the winding paths literally immersed in flowers was to experience utter joy. Randomly placed placards offering verses from Dickinson’s poetry were more often than not eclipsed by the sheer beauty of Nature at its finest.

Invoking Keats (”Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know) as well as Dickinson, there’s no better way to stanch the impending dread of Monday’s arrival (work! the office!) than to spend a Sunday afternoon awash in color.

(Click on any photo to enlarge)

My first acquaintanceship with the astonishing Paeonie — a mum inside a rose!

Inside the conservatory, jasmine-perfumed air.

Emily clones. But they were lovely and charming.

I’ve never seen hydrangeas quite as beautiful.

Flower Power, truly.

It’s only fitting to close with some choice lines from Dickinson: 

To make a prairie it takes a clover

and one bee, —

And revery.

The revery alone will do

If bees are few.

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