The best thing about winter


I have finally reached that itchy, antsy stage of January. Stage three terminal January. I fled to the brooklyn botanic garden for the afternoon as I am wont to do when the going gets tough and stumbled upon spring, centrally located in one unassuming bonsai.



Just looking at the little pink plum blossoms I could feel my whole body sigh. Thank god. Remember how I recently said all of the charming things I liked about winter? Rosy cheeks the color of spring's first plum blossom and all that?

Well, I have just remembered my absolute favorite part about winter.  It ends.

39 comments:

  1. I love that little bonsai, and I so want it for my very own!

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  2. Something about bonzai makes me think of tiny men.

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  3. That is indeed a great part of winter. These photos are stunning. I love the BBG!

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  4. they are very beautiful! Blossoms conjur up to me romance, elegance & simplicity! Lovely post....i am mid summer & loving gardenias at the moment. Dayle

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  5. I'm with you on winter.

    Your bonsai is absolutely stunning. I love the first photograph.

    My first comment over here so... thank you for all the lovely posts.

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  6. spring! yes.
    we wait for you.

    (beautiful pictures)

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  7. I'm ACHING for spring! I must seek out some blossoms of my own (my daffodil and tulip bulbs in my windowsill are being ever so coy...)

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  8. Wow, that is absolutely beautiful! I can't wait for spring when the cherry and plum trees in Portland just explode into color. One day they're all gnarly and wintery-looking and the next day BAM! It's an explosion of pink and magic!

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  9. So beautiful! The floral bonsai are my favorite. I really love Wisteria bonsai too. Stunning!

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  10. How gorgeous! I want one of those in my house :)

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  11. Haha, I always say the END is my favourite part of winter. What a pretty little bonsai!

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  12. I have to say I have a weakness for flowering trees and I've always wanted a flowering bonsai. What type is this one? It's beautiful.

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  13. Hear hear. Those blossoms make my heart flutter.

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  14. lovely photos. Spring is on it's way

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  15. It's the perfect thing to perk up a January day. Beautiful.

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  16. absolutely. and absolutely stunning photos. look out the window. look at the photos. look out the window. you get the rest. thank you for the reminder.

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  17. that's my favorite part too. i love those photos.

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  18. oh thank god, it's so great to remember that life is returning!!!

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  19. Love it! I went to those gardens hoping to see rows and rows of those blossoms, but I came too late in the year :(

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  20. Beautiful photos, you have a great eye!

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  21. Dude, I hate winter. I'm not even going to sugar-coat it. Once we get past Christmas, I feel like it's this god-awful wasteland until spring starts. Which is where living in Texas comes in super-handy. Because it's supposed to be like 65 degrees today. Whee! (sorry)

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  22. oh, I so wish I could trade places with you. I live in Southern California and it seems that winter never even really gets a foot hold. Being super pale, all this sun just means more vigilance with sunscreen and hats. I would love a bit of long sleeves and woolens and chilly weather..
    I suppose your grass is greener as well.

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  23. While reading your post I couldn't help hoping that it would end that way :)
    I do love december, the lights and the cozyness of a Xmas fire..But January is sooo long and grey, it makes me ache for sun and every year I end up counting the days until february! Loved that tree and its simple, yet delicate flowers...made the day go quicker ;)!

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  24. I have to say I like the winter because it is a season- the older I get the more I appreciate distinct seasons- and yes it's even better when it ends because spring comes along- and the world has some sense of order!
    Gorgeous photos by the way!What elegance!
    Have a lovely day-

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  25. How lovely! Have you ever seen the Bonsai and Penjing Museum or the azalea collection at the National Arboretum in DC? If you are planning to flee BK this Spring to our parts, I would totally meet up. It's quite meditative and wonderland-ish.

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  26. Please say spring is coming soon! I'm more than ready!

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  27. Wow, lovely Bonsai! I was glad too see this post. It brightens the day here. As I write this we are in the midst of a snow storm, 7 inches and counting. I am waiting for my Bonsai Orange tree to bloom, it has 20+ buds. It will smell great in the living room when it is in full bloom. But I do miss the Plum tree we had outside the front door, it slowly died a few years back, it was a beauty while it lasted. Parts of it are still there, for the birds to perch on.
    If anyone likes Bonsai and gets down to Asheville, NC the Arboretum there has a big collection.
    We are almost at the midpoint of winter and past the coldest day on average already. The Sun getting up early and staying up later tells me it will get warmer soon enough.

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  28. We actually have a big plum tree in our backyard that has had little blossoms popping up for the past couple of weeks! This wee one is so pretty. Yay, for the coming of Spring!

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  29. These are so so beautiful. Can't wait until spring!

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  30. Ooooohhhhh! Gorgeous bonsai!!! Love that blossoms!

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  31. ahhhh...great pictures. i'm sure it was a fantastic surprise to come upon that little bonsai. I'm making one of these my desktop picture. thank you!

    I live in California and the plum trees here are blooming all over the place for real, so your Spring is sure to come soon. I went to school in new england for 4 years, and do you know what my my absolute favorite part about winter ending was? SUGAR SHACKS

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  32. I'd love this as a screen saver! I used to live in Germany where we would cut a cherry branch from the garden for our egg tree for Easter. Bringing the branch in the house and placing it in water, made it bloom. I have some eggs that are 26 years old that I made with my first child!Anyway, these photos are so pretty. This is my first time to your blog.Came as a link from Homme Hiberian.

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  33. what an incredible bonsai, i've been meaning to get to that exhibit! don't worry spring is coming soon, it really is!

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