Denise Goldberg's blog

Monday, May 31, 2021


Tiny flowers in pink decorate the garden.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

garden flowers

Friday morning was a good time for a visit to the gardens of Portsmouth, NH. I arrived before early holiday weekend traffic started clogging the highway, returning home happy and stress-free.

It's still early in the growing season. There were empty beds but there were flowers too.

bearded iris

If you're interested in seeing more early flowers you can find them by clicking to the gallery gardens of Portsmouth :: 2021.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

color in the woods

Walking in Maudslay State Park today provided a feast of color. While some of the azalea are fading, rhododendron continues in full bloom.

azalea & rhododendron at Maudslay State Park

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Lilacs feed eyes and nose with a subtle beauty and an amazing fragrance.

I'm loving this year's spring flowers.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

seeking tree peonies

I headed to Long Hill early Sunday morning to visit the tree peonies.

My timing was perfect! I found bright blooms scattered through the property. While there were several colors my eyes were drawn to the flowers wearing varigated pink petals.

tree peonies

tree peonies

tree peonies

Monday, May 24, 2021

tulip, ending

Sometimes flowers at the end of the season share more beauty than when they are in full bloom.

This purple tulip wears only a few petals; I think it's beautiful.


Sunday, May 23, 2021

a wild rose

This morning's wind stopped blowing long enough for me to capture a still image of this white wild rose.

wild rose

Saturday, May 22, 2021

azalea, fading

As I walked in Jenkins Arboretum on Thursday I saw azaleas in different stages of floral life.

Some flowers were bright and open, others were fading.

azalea, fading

Thursday, May 20, 2021

a peony in pink

I love the pop of color provided by peonies in bloom.

peony in pink

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

bearded iris

It was warm and sunny today, a good day for a walk at Chanticleer.

Late spring flowers provided a feast for my eyes. I'm always fascinated by the delicate petals and wonderful colors of bearded iris.

bearded iris

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


As I walked this morning in Valley Forge National Historical Park the predominant color was green.

Most trees are in summer mode, wearing fully open leaves.

trees, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Monday, May 17, 2021


I was introduced to a new-to-me variety of lilac this week, a Miss Kim lilac.

The flowers provide a treat for the eye and the nose; they wear a gentle beauty and their scent is wonderful.

'Miss Kim' lilac

Sunday, May 16, 2021

river view

We walked a part of the River Trail in Valley Forge National Historical Park this morning. It was very peaceful, accompanied by bird song.

a view across the river, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Saturday, May 15, 2021


Jenkins Arboretum continues to be full of color.

Both azalea and rhododendron are in bloom, some past peak, some still wearing bright color.

rhododendron in shades of pink

Friday, May 14, 2021

face on a wall

This afternoon my sister and I visited Shofuso in Fairmount Park. As we wandered in the park after our visit to the Japanese house and garden, we were drawn to the flowers in a nearby section of the park. I wandered around a corner to find an enclosed space with faces on the wall.

face on a wall, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

a time for memories

Sunday, May 9, 2021 was a sad day; it was the day Mom took her last breath.

I think the flowers knew. Suze picked up a bunch of tulips for Mother's Day. As the day went by a single white tulip drooped down while the other flowers stood tall. When Mom died the flower was barely holding on. This morning the white tulip was standing tall; I'd like to think it means that Mom is now at peace.

tulips for Mom's last Mother's Day

Mom, you have left many people behind who remember you as a caring, loving person.

While we feel an emptiness right now, your love for us and our memories of you will sustain us.

photo by Suze, taken on 5/18/2019Mom at Chanticleer, 9/21/2016

Sherry Goldberg: May 16, 1930 - May 9, 2021

A few more photos to tweak your memory can be viewed in the gallery Mom & Suze captured...

Sunday, May 09, 2021

a touch of pink

Flowering trees brings a touch of pink to Maudslay State Park.

flowering trees, Maudslay State Park

Thursday, May 06, 2021

poet's narcissus

This delicate daffodil is known as a poet's narcissus.

It agreed to pose for me as I wandered in Maudslay State Park this afternoon.

poet's narcissus

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

spring green

While many trees are wearing green already, some of the leaves are just emerging. The new leaves show as a lighter shade of green.

trees reflecting in the Shawsheen River

Monday, May 03, 2021

mixed color

Tulips wearing bright colors decorate a garden.


Sunday, May 02, 2021

water levels

Last Thursday's rainfall left many rivers in the area out of their banks.

As I walked this afternoon I was fascinated by the patterns created by trees reflecting in the still flooded Ipswich River.

trees reflecting in flooded Ipswich River