Itchy Eyes, Free Museums, Hall of Fame and Boys Chorus
I've had problems with early onset of my May allergies (May is usually the only time my eyes itch), presumably because of tree pollen. Above is a picture of my car's windshield and hood yesterday, after two days parked under my oak trees. Today, after a third day, I had to turn the hose on and rinse the car off before I could go anywhere.
Naturally, trees are not the only things releasing pollen. My tulips are up, the azaleas have started, and wisteria has begun to bloom all over the place.
There don't seem to be as many tulip blooms as last year, and the bulk of the flowers that have come up are pale, with very long stems. Were they always pale, or did they blanche over time due to insufficient sun? As I looked at the display closer, I noticed that some flowers had been broken off, perhaps by passing kids picking flowers. Hm. Well, I hope they at least took them home to their mother.
Some of the tulips are "doubles", which approach the look of roses. I also have several miniroses (not yet in bloom) to plant that I bought last year but didn't have time/energy/inclination to plant, in part because I wasn't sure exactly how far back the tulips go. I kept them in the basement under fluorescent lites over the winter. Those in the larger pots (6" or so) survived; those in small pots (3") did not. Now that the tulips are out, I can avoid digging up their bulbs in planting the roses behind them. Last year I accidentally dug up five tulip bulbs (which could be another reason there appear to be fewer flowers this year!), so put them in different locations.
This next foto shows three flowers from the four other bulbs, which I moved to the back yard. The white one is full, the other two in bud, at April 19th. The fourth sent up only one broad leaf this first year in its new spot. Hopefully it will flower next year.
This next foto, from the side, shows their condition ten days later. The white flower is about to drop its petals as the others come into peak. Between the two yellow flowers and the spent white one is the one broad leaf of the fourth bulb.
My azaleas have started to bloom, but they don't get enuf lite to produce the intense masses of flowers that plants in full lite throw. I have large trees that cut down on lite, even without leaves on them at this time of year, and the house nextdoor blocks the sun, part of the day.
Free Museums. Tomorrow is "first Friday" (of the month), on which the Montclair Art Museum lets everyone in free. This Saturday and Sunday are also the first full weekend of the month, so is the free "Museums on Us" weekend for holders of Bank of America debit and credit cards. The number of participating museums in NJ has been increased from three, one each in Newark, Jersey City, and Montclair, to eight in six cities. In Newark, Aljira has been added to the earlier-participating Newark Museum. In J.C., the the Liberty Science Center is joined by the Jersey City Museum (Saturdays only until September). The remaining institutions are the Montclair Art Museum (as above), Montclair (which I have already been to, twice, recently); the Morris Museum in, not surprisingly, Morristown; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton; and, farthest from us, the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill. This weekend is also "Museum Week" in nearby Philadelphia, part of the American Association of Museums' Annual Meeting, with discounts and special programs at a number of venues, not necessarily those that are also participants in BofA's free program.
The tiny purple object (low, left of center) is a wild violet.
The Cherry Hill institution appears from its website to be a children's museum, and the Liberty Science Center may be too. Within day-trip distance of Newark, on a nice day, there are "Museums on Us" participating instritutions in NYC, Philly, Delaware, and Connecticut (including yet another children's museum, in Norwalk). What has happened with the plan to place a children's museum in Newark? Anyone?
This foto reminds me of Walt Whitman's poem " I Saw in Louisiana a Live-oak Growing", which ends,Alas, the weather is expected to be crappy all weekend, raining off and on, so I may not be in the mood to travel far. A sculpture garden is not a good choice for rainy weather. I've never been to the Morris Museum, so I could do that. I don't know about parking in Jersey City, but there are some things I could also do while in J.C., and maybe I could then hop into Manhattan to meet friends in the Village, Sunday.(Walt Whitman is one of this year's inductees into the NJ Hall of Fame.)
"the live-oak glistens there in Louisiana, solitary, in a wide flat space,
Uttering joyous leaves all its life, without a friend, a lover, near,
I know very well I could not."
Foto of leftmost part of NJPAC taken the day of the last induction (which was also the first).
Hall of Fame. The second induction ceremony for the New Jersey Hall of Fame is this Sunday, May 3rd, at 5:30pm in Prudential Hall at NJPAC. Tickets range in price from $25 to $90 and are available online from NJPAC directly. Some of the (living) inductees may attend. Some did last year, including Springsteen. Hey! Maybe that's the first time Springsteen has been to Newark. He certainly hasn't performed here in concert.
At 2pm the same day, the wonderful Newark Boys Chorus is also performing at NJPAC, in the smaller hall, the Victoria Theater. Tickets are only $20 or $22. If you haven't seen them, you must. You could make a day of it: Newark Boys Chorus at 2:00, Hall of Fame induction at 5:30, both in the same building, in beautiful Downtown Newark. You don't even have to go out in the rain between. And if you have more money than you know what to do with, you can have a buffet dinner benefiting the Hall of Fame after the induction ceremony, for only $125 per ticket.
I have no great interest in seeing the ceremony, but I might try to get there earlier this year than last to take some pix. I missed the entrance of celebrities last time, and saw only some of the reporters.
Wisteria, which started in my backyard, has sent runners all the way down one side yard into my front yard and up to my porch and its roof. I don't have pix of the full extent of that invasive vine's extensive blooms because I haven't yet been out of the house at the right time of day in good weather, and bloom is not at peak yet. Suffice it to say that it is so extensive that if I were British I might name my house "Wisteria Cottage". And that explains the last foto in my "Placeholder" post of yesterday.