out and about: brooklyn botanic garden

May 4, 2015

brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves
I hope you’ve come to expect it, really. This time of year practically begs for a weekly catalog of the blooming things and I’m nothing if not up for the challenge. First the crocuses, then the daffodils and the magnolias. Next the cherries and the pear trees and lilacs. Any minute the wisteria. For a split second, the irises. And before long there will be the roses and the hydrangea and all of the summeriest flowers.brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves When you spend the winter in snowy New York, it’s practically a requirement that you lose your mind over the fact that color’s returned to the streets and the trees have gone bananas. We joined what felt like the entire borough of Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon to stroll through the cherry trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (But it was the the lilac colletion that really stole my heart.)

When you’re adventuring with tiny beings just getting to a place feels like an accomplishment, but when you can steal a few minutes on a sunny lawn drinking in the smell of lilacs? Well, then you just feel plain triumphant.

Here are a few photos from the afternoon. Not pictured: the ice cream cones and the long walk home along sleepy Brooklyn streets and the full moon rising over the city. I could relive these days for a lifetime and not get tired of them.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves My guys on the cherry esplanade.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves Sisters, etc.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves Faye under the cherry canopy.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves My sister Cait and nephew Oliver watching the fish in their matching sneaks.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves Muscari (and fellow loungers).
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves Sun-lit lilacs.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves Lilacs, just opening up.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves No lilacs were harmed in the making of this photograph.
brooklyn botanic garden: may | reading my tea leaves My favorites.

In case you’re in the neighborhood:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
All about cherry season.
All about the lilac collection.
Admission details.
Directions.

For the curious:
Cait’s sneaks.
O’s sneaks.
My dress and a similar hat.
Faye’s sun hat and romper.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Sarah May 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I was there on Saturday with my mom (and everyone in the borough who didn't go on Sunday!). SO gorgeous, and I was glad to catch a glimpse of the lilacs too!

  • Reply Rachel W. Miller May 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Your photos are lovely! I was actually there on Sunday too…here are some of my pics from the day: http://therewm.com/2015/05/04/brooklyn-botanic-garden/

    • Reply Erin May 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      So are yours! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply admin May 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      So are yours! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Rachel May 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      <3

  • Reply Kylie May 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    What lovely photos. I wish they were scratch and sniff. Lilacs are also one of my favs. And if you haven't smelled Mrs. Myers season Lilac scent, run to your local Mrs Meyer vendors and buy it up. The counter spray and hand soap are my favs. It's like having a lilac bush in your kitchen – natural ingredients too!

  • Reply Diana May 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Oh this is just lovely! I hope to make it here one day!

  • Reply Molly B May 4, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Just want to say I really respect the privacy you give your daughter in posting her photos online – not revealing her full face, etc. I do the same with photos of my own little one, and feel it's really the best way to go. Brava 🙂

  • Reply emma May 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I was just looking at buying the everlane dress. Is it nursing friendly?
    Thanks! Lovely pics!

    • Reply Erin May 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Yes! As long as you're not too modest! It unbuttons down the front (with really pretty mother-of-pearl-looking buttons)! I considered getting the armholes hemmed—they run a little large—but I ended up just pairing with a pretty bra! Hope that helps!

    • Reply admin May 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Yes! As long as you're not too modest! It unbuttons down the front (with really pretty mother-of-pearl-looking buttons)! I considered getting the armholes hemmed—they run a little large—but I ended up just pairing with a pretty bra! Hope that helps!

  • Reply Yelle May 4, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    what an absolutely gorgeous garden and gorgeous day! i never get sick of flowers in bloom this time of year.

  • Reply Anonymous May 5, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Beautiful, beautiful pics … et je me disais bien que j'avais vu la barboteuse de petite Faye quelque
    part !
    Delphine

  • Reply kreutzerinc May 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! Do you mind sharing a link to the camera and lenses you use?

    • Reply Erin May 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Sure! Will add to the FAQ page!

    • Reply admin May 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Sure! Will add to the FAQ page!

  • Reply Anonymous May 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Got everyone's gear except (I believe the gentleman in the photo is) James's — where did he get his sneaks?

    • Reply Erin May 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Classic Vans from a few years ago!

    • Reply admin May 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Classic Vans from a few years ago!

  • Reply jsoxford.net May 5, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    You just keep on posting bundles of photos of beautiful flowers. We don't mind, I promise. 🙂 Things are just getting going here, but no sign of lilacs, yet.

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