Five little Easter eggs enjoy their down time (before Easter, their busy season) by having Irish Coffee (in honor of Saint Patrick’s day)!  More info @ http://www.hometalk.com/3297056/treats-for-saint-patrick-s-day

Five little Easter eggs enjoy their down time (before Easter, their busy season) by having Irish Coffee (in honor of Saint Patrick’s day)!  More info @ http://www.hometalk.com/3297056/treats-for-saint-patrick-s-day

It has been over a month since I posted here on tumblr; and I’d like to use today’s entry as an opportunity to state what my intentions are for my entries on this venue in the days to come, for I know that like Little Bo Peep’s (who is pictured above) lost sheep, who strayed away from her, I have strayed away from my original hope re this endeavor: an endeavor I began in May of 2011, when I set up this blog on tumblr.

During that time a trainer at my local Apple Store (who knew I was active on Blogger), suggested I also blog here, for she knew The New York Botanical Gardens was active on tumblr, and at that point, a majority of my Blogger entries were in the voice of the flora that grows in my urban (NYC) garden.

And all throughout my tenure on tumblr, I have written entries in the voice of the flora that grows in my urban terrace garden, as well as in the voice of the birds which visit it; but since I do not like to duplicate content, I find it increasingly difficult to post images as well as to write different things about gardens in both places!

Initially I resolved this by incorporating content which included the voices of what grows in my indoor succulent garden, as well as the figurines (such as Little Bo Peep) that visit it. However I felt that Blogger audiences might find these posts to be intriguing too, and I began to refer Blogger readers to tumblr, and eventually also posted indoor garden stories on Blogger. 

Therefore I was running into the same issue of  being in danger of duplicating content! Now, I’ve come up with a plan that I described on Blogger in my March 6th 2014 post  which  is this: I will post my “stories” re my indoor succulent garden and the antics of the whimsical characters that visit it here on tumblr. And I will post the “stories” of the flora which grows in my urban garden as well as the stories of the birds that visit it on Blogger.

Moreover, I will try and provide links to any posts that deal with these urban garden-related  topics, to make it easy for tumblr readers who may still wish to hear what my flora and birds have to say.

As of this posting, I have three new “stories” on Blogger that are related to the birds that visit me, and some of their photo-ops have been included with this tumblr entry. Please visit me on Blogger to read these stories by clicking here, as well as here, and here.

And please bear with me, my whimsical characters, my flora, and, my visiting birds, as we embark on this transition in our blogging! We appreciate your readership, and also encourage you to visit us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Snowpeople and a LONE hedgehog gather for PRE Groundhog Day Festivities! (Details @ http://www.pinterest.com/thellgardener/home-for-the-various-holidays/.)

Snowpeople and a LONE hedgehog gather for PRE Groundhog Day Festivities! (Details @ http://www.pinterest.com/thellgardener/home-for-the-various-holidays/.)

At the stroke of midnight leading into today, January 31, 2014, a 15-day celebration of Chinese New Year will begin with the first new moon of this calendar year. It is the Year of the Horse and the photo-ops included in today’s tumblr post tell the story, but more detailed info can be found on TLLG’s FB Page.

We have had a major snowstorm (a result of the “polar vortex’) in NYC. Nine to eleven inches fell in the city and my urban garden, but that didn’t stop the array of birds which visit me from doing their thing as evidenced by these photo-ops! More Info @ http://www.hometalk.com/2979052/on-keeping-a-virtual-garden-notebook

I realize it has been a long time since I’ve posted any content on tumblr and that the last date I posted here was on Thanksgiving Day of 2013 when I about the candy corn twins voicing their opinion on the rushing of Christmas related holidays which have now come and gone but not without an array of visitors weighing in with their thoughts. 

The aforementioned visitors spent time in both my succulent garden as well as my armoire and the first two photo-ops can give you a sense of who they were. 

For more detailed pictures and information regarding  their fascinating “back stories” you may click here as well as here and here and here and here.

Each of these links will lead you to stories that occurred up until December 26th 2013, The Second Day of Christmas, which  is also known as Boxing Day.

During the time of the visit by whimsical characters to my armoire as well as my succulent garden, I had a very special visitor to my terrace garden.

And that visitor was Emily, the lone Baltimore oriole pictured here and whom I introduced to you in a November 2013 tumblr posting.

She arrived on November 16th 2013 and was in my urban (NYC) garden nearly every day since that time up until the morning of Boxing Day, December 26th 2013.

Emily was with me for eighteen days and since I never knew which day would be her last, I spent many hours observing her as well as taking photo-ops of her antics; hence, I did not post here on tumblr!

But I did not forget those who follow my content here, and I hope you will accept my belated wishes for your having a healthy and prosperous 2014!

Part of my resolution for the coming year will be to post more frequently on tumblr, meanwhile, if you’d like to read more about Emily’s stay in my garden, I have written a tribute to her (and to the loss of visitng birds) where I’ve included photo-ops. You can refer to it by clicking here.

Leave it to the Candy Corn Fraternal Twins to put things in perspective re holiday decor! They can be seen having a convo with the Peppermint People in image one of this entry. 

The corn twins are folks that you might recognize as they first appeared in one of TLLG’s prior posts here on tumblr, where I discussed using a cast of characters to add ambience to a succulent garden for the Halloween season.

AND then, because candy corn is consumed on a couple of different holidays, they re-appeared in one of my posts on HT re using a cast of characters to decorate an indoor succulent for Thanksgiving.

In any event the candy corn twins were a bit miffed that the Peppermint People (the candy of Christmas) showed up to my armoire (Image One) with the intent of visiting my succulent garden for the Christmas holidays when Thanksgiving had not even arrived! 

And the corn twins did not hesitate to reprimand the Peppermint People telling them not to rush our lives away. The corn twins chastised the Peppermint People, saying, “it’s bad enough that stores began playing Christmas music before Halloween, but one does not have to succumb to pressure in their home!” 

However, the Peppermint People were eager to get a start on the Christmas holidays, even though Advent hasn’t even arrived! Finally, the corn twins and the Peppermint People came to an understanding when the Peppermint People slowly agreed to turn their cute faces away until after Thanksgiving. 

The candy corn twins are wise to advocate for focusing on the moment at hand (Thanksgiving)  and I invite you, dear reader, to follow their example and hold off on decking your halls with boughs of holly till after Advent (a four week period beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving).

BUT, if you cannot hold off to put up your Christmas decor, at least wait until after you have enjoyed honoring the blessings of Thanksgiving. 

THEY’RE BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK! The pilgrim fraternal twins (who have appeared on tumblr in bygone years) have returned to celebrate another Thanksgiving in my succulent garden (image one).

At first Humpty Dumpty (image two) was quite startled but it did not ruffle the feathers of a visiting turkey (seen with Humpty in image one and which can also be seen solo in image three).

As for the twins they are excited to be here since Thanksgiving Day is also the first day of Hanukah, an event that has not occurred in one hundred and twenty five years, and is an event that will not occur again until after 75,000AD!

More photo-ops of the little lad can be seen in pictures four through six and his sister can be found in images seven through nine.

Although like yours truly Hanukah is not something they celebrate, they are excited —  as am I —  to wish our friends that do celebrate a very blessed Thanksgivukkah! (Symbolized in image ten and details re this picture and this collision of holidays may be found by clicking here.)

In ten days time, including today (November 19th 2013), Thanksgiving will  be here. Therefore a few guests have begun to arrive in my succulent garden and they can be seen here.

The one who calls herself Madam Falling Leaf can be seen in the first image; she is especially close to my heart since I call myself TLLG, an abbreviation for The Last Leaf Gardener, a name based on the O’Henry story, The Last Leaf.

However, her sudden visit startled Humpty Dumpty (a permanent resident in my indoor succulent garden) as you might surmise from the second picture companying this entry.

But her presence did not effect Mr. Moon-In-The-Man, who has always been calm about unexpected guests, as evidenced by how well he handled the number of visitors we had for Halloween. (You may refer to his experiences by clicking here and here, as well as here and here and here.)

As a matter of fact, Mr.  Moon-In-The-Man seemed truly to enjoy joking with Claudia and Lord Claude Crow as evidenced by the fourth picture in this entry.

Claudia may look familiar to some of you who follow TLLG on tumblr, for she has been featured on this venue more than once, including November 8th of 2013, where I featured her efforts to rally against the American idiom, Eat Crow.

Today Claudia was joined by her beau, Lord Claude Crow, who ultimately enjoyed an opportunity to flaunt his threads as seen in pictures six through nine.

Emily, the sweet visitor (pictured above) who stopped by my  urban (NYC) garden this past Saturday is still here! I’ve been told her presence is unusual for this time of year, as I live In NYC. But today’s weather is warm and perhaps that’s why she’s sticking around. OR perhaps she wants to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade* whose route is near to where I live! After all, she’ll have a bird’s eye view!

* Macy’s  Thanksgiving  Parade Images on TLLG’s Blog @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2012/11/change-of-heart.html

AND on TLLG’s tumblr @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/post/36377412543/in-the-far-upper-left-hand-corner-of-this-image

I have a question re what it is a bird sees when he/she looks (leers, stares) at something OR someone (such as this jay is doing from atop a branch of the kiwi vines in my urban — NYC — garden).
INFO @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=575519105830800&set=a.355589574490422.73015.247917655257615&type=1

I have a question re what it is a bird sees when he/she looks (leers, stares) at something OR someone (such as this jay is doing from atop a branch of the kiwi vines in my urban — NYC — garden).

INFO @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=575519105830800&set=a.355589574490422.73015.247917655257615&type=1

Today, 11-11-13 — in honor of Veterans’ Day — there are a number of parades in the USA, including NYC where I live. Moreover, a few of my characters are having a parade in my succulent garden to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

Today, 11-11-13 — in honor of Veterans’ Day — there are a number of parades in the USA, including NYC where I live. Moreover, a few of my characters are having a parade in my succulent garden to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

As of today, the first full week of November 2013 is upon us, and, therefore, most of the Halloween characters who were here to visit my succulent garden are leaving for the year. Others are now arriving including Madam Claudia Crow (Madam C) and a lone hedge hog. Both are pictured here, and as you can see the hedge hog is listening intently to Madam C who is carrying a large spoon.

She is trying to explain to the hedge hog how badly she feels about her ‘breed’ being associated with the expression, "eat crow."

Madam C is an INTERNET buff and she quotes WIKI as she makes her point and states, "eating crow is an American colloquial idiom, meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proved wrong after taking a strong position."

She continues her rant by saying that WIKI has stated that "crow is presumably foul-tasting in the same way that being proved wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow." 

AND Madam C tells the hedge hog that she does not care for being accused of being fowl tasting!

The hedge hog, upon listening intently, speaks to Madam C in earnest saying that it’s a good thing folks think crows are foul tasting, as that might mean this bird species has a better chance of not being cooked for someone’s dinner, unlike other fowl.

BTW, both Madam C and the hedge hog have been to visit me in bygone years and if you’d like to read about one of their escapades, I’ve published a story on Blogger, which you may refer to by clicking here. The posting includes a very cool video about the intelligence of crows.

As far as the expression "eating crow"  goes, according to WIKI, "the exact origin of the idiom is unknown, but it probably began with an American story published around 1850 about a slow-witted New York farmer. Eating crow is of a family of idioms having to do with eating and being proved incorrect, such as to ‘eat dirt’ and to ‘eat your hat (or shoe)’, all probably originating from ‘to eat one’s words’, which first appears in print in 1571 in one of John Calvin’s tracts, on Psalm 62: ‘God eateth not his words when he hath once spoken.’"

hApPy HalLoWeEn from the fun loving cast of characters visiting my INDOOR succulent garden and me! The entire entourage can be seen in this image and their identity is as follows: 
TOP LEFT: GROUP A
TOP RIGHT: GROUP B
BOTTOM  RIGHT: GROUP C
BOTTOM LEFT: GROUP D

hApPy HalLoWeEn from the fun loving cast of characters visiting my INDOOR succulent garden and me! The entire entourage can be seen in this image and their identity is as follows: 

TOP LEFT: GROUP A

TOP RIGHT: GROUP B

BOTTOM  RIGHT: GROUP C

BOTTOM LEFT: GROUP D

It has been nearly one month since my last posting here on tumblr (September 13 2013) where I began my post by stating, "Seeing my mourning dove studying one of my feeders (in my urban garden on the UWS of NYC) that is now ‘protected’ with a ‘fence’ which will allow only cardinals and smaller song birds to enter as well as exit (and yes I STILL have other feeders for my bigger birds) caused me to think of the time my father died."

And now nearly one month later the actions of birds in my urban (NYC) garden at the aforementioned feeder (the one that is enclosed in a fence and featured in the images with this entry) have kept my memories (of actions related the time my father died) on the front burner of my mind.

Only this time it is the actions of certain pigeons (who, like mourning doves, learn about things by observing them) that are prompting my train of thought.

For as you may recall, in my prior post, I discussed how the mourning doves were observing the workings of my feeder in a fence, causing me to recall that when my dad died "the weather was very cold and folks were bringing dishes of food or bottles of vino as a way of offering support to his wife who bemoaned the gestures wailing, ‘Where am I going to keep this crap?’ And her daughter suggested she put things on the porch as it was so cold nothing would spoil. My father’s wife scoffed at the idea, complaining that The birds would get into everything.” 

This prompted her daughter’s response, “I don’t think they can open the wine, ma” and It was at that very instant that my father’s wife’s cuckoo clock went off, whistling, ‘Cuckoo, Cuckoo’, as if in direct response to the silly conversation.”

I concluded that post by confessing that ”maybe my father’s wife’s ‘fears’ weren’t so silly; after all, I wouldn’t put it past my mourning doves to open a bottle of wine … “

AND now the persistent actions of a pigeon at the feeder (as seen in images one through four) have reinforced the notion that my father’s wife’s notion was not unfounded!

However, my main concern is not focused on mourning doves and pigeons accessing seed from my feeder, rather it is in making sure Cam, my visiting cardinal is not put off by the presence of larger birds at “her” feeder, and from the looks of things (in images five and six), she seems to be comfortable a the feeder in spite of the antics of the larger birds and I hope she continues to feel and be safe when noshing in my garden.