Thursday, April 8, 2021

Gardens #AtoZChallenge #ThursdayTreeLove

Before I begin - today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Because tomorrow is "H" day in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I am delaying my Holocaust Remembrance Day post until tomorrow.  I hope you will join me.

For "G" day in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I want to bring you to several Gorgeous gardens in my theme of "New York State". 

But before I begin, I wanted to show you this small tree, which isn't in any garden, but is along a popular walking trail near where I live in New York State.  It's commonly called a pussy willow, one of several small trees that have small, fuzzy catkins, which will contain the flower.   Only male pussy willows have these catkins.  Wouldn't a tree like this be a lovely addition to any garden?

And now, to our gardens.

Grace Gardens in Penn Yan, New York is a day lily retailer.  Their grounds are beautiful, especially in July, when these pictures were taken.

Also at Grace Gardens, a Gorgeous tree.

One more from Grace Gardens.

This is my favorite garden in New York State and I've blogged about it several times - Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, New York.  This spectacular city park is free to visit and has a fascinating history. I've been there three times now and always leave a contribution to the upkeep.  Part of the grounds are in ruins and renovation has been going on for several years now.

Here's more on the history of the gardens and Samuel Untermyer.

 Speaking of historic gardens, Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, New York is worth a visit if you are visiting the Finger Lakes.  Besides the gardens, there is a historic mansion and a wine center you can tour.  The above picture was taken in a greenhouse complex built in the early 20th century.  Sadly, part of it is in ruins.

One more from Sonnenberg.

My last photo was taken from the gardens at President Franklin Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park, New York.

"G" day at the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  My theme "New York State".

Also joining Parul at Happiness and Food every second and fourth Thursday for #ThursdayTreeLove.


  1. Beautiful flowers and gardens!

  2. ...beautiful things to look forward to.

  3. Such beautiful gardens! It's a shame that some are in ruins.

  4. yes, gorgeous tree and beautiful flowers...

    Have a great day

  5. I do love daylilies! We had pussy willows in our yard when I was growing up. They are are even more beautiful before the catkins bloom. Then they are messy. The pretty fuzzy grey buds are really something. You reminded me about TreeLove, so I posted tree I saw yesterday at a park. It could have been for tomorrow, H. I think...

  6. If one has a garden, one has civilization in it's purest form!

  7. These are beautiful. I love to visit gardens. The first place we visited in Paris was not the Eiffel Tower, but a garden!

  8. Lovely gardens. It's a treat to see your photos. I would love to have a pussy willow. I'm not sure I've ever seen one in the city where I live, but I just did a check and they do grow here. In tree form they grow up to 15-25 feet, but they apparently also grow as large shrubs, at 8-10 feet. I'm definitely going to keep my eye out in hopes of spotting one.

  9. I'd love to see this garden in person -beautiful!

  10. I must get to the Untermyer garden! It's been on my bucket list for awhile. These gardens are all beautiful -- and probably open (with distancing) even in the pandemic.

  11. Beautiful! A garden with history is all the more interesting I think... Hope I can visit some day.. sigh... I gave the AtoZ a miss this year, and I am missing the month long posting, reading frenzy.

  12. Very pretty. Great places to visit.

  13. Alana,

    Usually by now, we've taken in a few of the Dogwood trails around town. There's an older, more well-to-do neighborhood in town that's part of the Dogwood trail system and these homes have the prettiest gardens. Usually there are tons and tons of tulips in full bursting with color, pink pom-pom tree blossoms, white and pink dogwood flowers bloomed, and red bud trees all on glorious display for a lovely afternoon drive. Alas, we didn't get to do it again. The weather hasn't always permitted and other things kept us busy. Maybe next year things will go better. Whenever it's convenient, I hope y'all will stop in today for a peek at my Looney Tunes' Granny art sketch. Happy A2Zing!!


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