Jon Crispin's Notebook

2017 Smith College Bulb Show

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Cristine and I always look forward to the Smith College Bulb Show.  Always in mid March, it is a lovely reminder that Spring is not far off.

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There are always a ton of very exotic tulips.

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It ends tomorrow, so if you live in the Valley and want to see it, get moving!

Tulips

Posted in Flowers, Plants, Seasons, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 01/05/2016

tulips and grass

The university has planted a ton of tulips in anticipation of a flood of people visiting for commencement.  Most of them are planted in regular beds, but these guys are interspersed with clumps of grass just outside of the recreation center.  Nice.

2015 Smith College Bulb Show

Posted in bulb shows, flower shows, Flowers, greenhouses, Plants by joncrispin on 16/03/2015

The annual Smith College Spring Bulb Show always runs early in March, and Cris and I were able to go this morning.

It is always amazing.

After the winter we have had here in the Northeast, walking into a greenhouse and seeing these flowers is beyond description.

There are always tons of tulips.

As well as tiny little guys like these ↑.

Some of the tulips have these erose edges.  So delicate.

I love how these little flowers are lined up in a row.

That’s a pretty tulip ↑.

Though I always gravitate more toward the greens and yellows.

And there are usually a few that are showing off the business parts of the flower.  To me, it feels a bit like I’m seeing something that should be private.

I’ll close out with a couple of tulips.

Thinking of Hank, as I know he has a Smith College connection.  Hi Hank, wish you were here.

Goats / Tulip

Posted in Animals, Flowers, Landscape, Nature, Plants by joncrispin on 12/05/2014

I have always liked goats, and my friend Tania Werbizky really likes goats.  I was driving through Hadley this afternoon and I passed these guys.  I stopped, took a few photos and then just as I was about to leave, a trailer pulled up with MORE GOATS!   That is why most of these ones are looking to the right.  The new arrivals were let into the field and all these guys ran over to greet them.  Some head-butting was noted.

About 10 years ago I planted a bunch of daffodil and tulip bulbs.  At the time I remember reading that the daffs would keep coming up annually, but that the tulips had a life of around five years.  This is the last of them to flower; a lone red tulip in the middle of daffs and baby’s breath.  I’ll be surprised if it comes back next year, but this one showed some resilience.

Bulbs

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Science, Weather by joncrispin on 05/05/2012

Cris and I planted bulbs in the garden 5 or 6 years ago.  The daffodils continue to come up in droves, but this year only one tulip bloomed.  I remember reading that tulips don’t last for more than a few years, but we had a pretty good run with them.

I have been keeping an eye on the tulip which initially bloomed about 2 weeks ago.  I think the weather conditions this year have been almost perfect for the longevity of all of our flowers.  About a week ago I noticed that one petal of our tulip started dropping and today it looked as if it was ready to fall off.  It offered a perfect view of the important reproductive bits.  I was never good at science in school, but the two words “stamen and pistil” come to mind.  Am I even close?

Tulips

Posted in Family, Flowers, Food, Plants, Windows by joncrispin on 29/11/2010

 

I made oatmeal for breakfast yesterday, and while we were eating I looked up and for the first time saw the tulips Cris had bought earlier in the week.  I am mostly shocked by my inability to see the things that are right in front of me.  I have figured out that one of the reasons that I am a photographer is that I don’t see objects unless I see them as photographs in my mind’s eye.  It can take me forever to find the GrapeNuts in the cereal aisle or to find the corn starch container in the pantry.  I usually have to call Cris for help, and she spots whatever I am looking for right away.  It was frustrating when I was younger, and I actually saw it as a disability, but lately I have come to embrace it in an odd kind of way.

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