City Mouse Country Mouse

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Al fresco dining: one of the chief pleasures of the season. Above, the garden of Brooklyn’s Bedouin Tent restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, with a view of the Belarussian church next door

THESE DAYS, I’M BOTH a city mouse and a country mouse. I’ve been bouncing around from here to there — a few days in Brooklyn, a few days in Springs (Long Island, N.Y.), depending on what I have to do.

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The newish and very welcome Botanica Garden Center on Atlantic between Third and Fourth Avenues

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Look what’s behind the Botanica Garden Center, above

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Out in front, impromptu green space

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Row of three houses, surprisingly genteel, along gritty Ninth Street in Gowanus

Back in the country, I have a sense of purpose I didn’t have a couple of months back. An erupting garden, in need of watering, weeding, and deer-spraying, will do that.

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My backyard greening up, as it looked a week ago

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The scrawny magnolia I inherited is filling out, year by year

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Great, deer-proof stuff: deutzia, I think it’s called

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Local color, before the tree leafed out

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Gardiner’s Bay, above, a short walk from my house

“Gobble it up with your eyes,” my mother used to say. Spring’s beauty is already fleeing. Trees that were in full flower a week or two ago are now all-green. Savor it while it lasts, and then — we have no choice — let it go.

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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3 Responses to City Mouse Country Mouse

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a fine life you have!!!
    The “deutzia” is not deutzia but “corylopsis pauciflora”. Nice woodland plant.

  2. Anonymous says:

    And I love your mother’s expression!!! Exactly!! What a wonderful time of year…

  3. cara says:

    Thanks, Anon! The corylopsis was probably mislabeled at the farm stand where I bought it and I never bothered to fact-check.

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