Tompkins in the Snow

Oak Playground Snow

The Abominable Snowstorm only gave NYC a glancing blow. Most of the entrances to the park were closed. I was glad that the 8th Street and Avenue B entrance was open. I got in early enough to photograph my trees while the snow was largely untrammeled.

Krishna Tree Snow
The Hare Krishna American Elm spends its first winter without its Bendy companion.

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The Temperance Fountain.

New Blight Resistant American Elms for the Park

Princeton Elm
Happy Elm news in Tompkins Square Park. Two blight resistant American Elms were planted in the park this morning. Debby the Parks gardener called me this morning to tell me the news and I rushed out to capture the event. According to Wikipedia: The American Elm Ulmus americana cultivar ‘Princeton’ was originally selected in 1922 by New Jersey nurseryman William Flemer for its aesthetic merit. By coincidence, ‘Princeton’ was later found to have a moderate resistance to Dutch elm disease.

New Elm West Lawn
Two trees were planted, this one is in the West Lawn. In the background you can see the American Elm whose branch split off last year and crashed down on the benches there, narrowly avoiding killing a bench sitter.

I was talking to the arborist there who did the sonic tomography on the Bendy Tree and he finally convinced me that Bendy had to come down. He promises to share the tomography photos. (James please use the contact form above to reach me.)

More First Signs of Spring

Cherry Buds 3-16
Cherry tree budding at the central entrance on 7th Street of Tompkins Square Park.

Snowdrops, (Galanthus)
Snowdrops are the first flowers to bloom. These are on 10th Street.

American Elm Buds L
The American Elm next to the Krishna Tree, the one I call Leaning Elm.

Squirrel High on an Elm Limb
A squirrel high up and out on a limb of the Leaning Elm, sunning on this chilly morning.

Pear Buds
A pear tree on Avenue A. All but one tree on the Avenue A curb of the park is a pear.