Viburnum in May. Cherries in July. Cherry Liqueur All Year

In May varieties of viburnum bloom at Winterthur.


You approach the first viburnum variety to bloom in very early May with care, skirting the needles of an American pine. 

You know that the viburnum is in bloom – a Korean Spice Viburnum – not because you see it but because you smell its sweetest fragrance through the pine needles.



Korean Spice Viburnum, Winterthur, Delaware, late April and early May every year



Later in May flowers the magnificent Chinese ball viburnum.  



Green snowball viburnum, Winterthur, Delaware in May every year


Winterthur 23 May 2012 Chinese Viburnum



Viburnum carlcephalum, Winterthur, Delaware.  Every May



You whisper to them: don’t leave us. Remain.

After a while, you become used to the fragrance.  You recover your senses.

Don’t be silly, you think:  this is a cyclical process……





Chinese ball vibrunum  (Viburnum macrocephalum) interplanted with hardy azalea, Winterthur, Delaware.  May every year.



In July, you eat cherries thinking about the viburnum.  The round white cherries and the round red ones.




Girl with Cherries, c. 1491-95, oil on wood.  Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, active by 1472-died after 1508, Milan, Italy.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY



Still Life with Cherries and Turnips, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, 1699-1779,  French. Philadelphia Art Museum



Wild Strawberries and Carnation in a Wan-Li Bowl, oil on copper, c. 1620.  Jacob Van Hulsdonck, 1582-1647, Flemish.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC




Basket of Cherries, 1863, oil on panel.  John F. Francis, 1810-1866, American.  Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA



Eileen Goodman watercolours Woodmere Nov 2015-24

Valentine Day’s Sweets, 2003, and details.  Eileen Goodman, American born 1937.  Shown at Woodmere Museum of the Art of Philadelphia and her Region in the autumn/winter 2015



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Cherries, 1976, oil on canvas.  Philip Guston, 1913-1980, American born Canada.  MOMA, NY




A 2018  red cherry



Glass Case with Pies (Assorted Pies in a Case), 1962, burlap soaked in plaster, painted in enamel, with pie tins in glass-and-metal case.  Claes Oldenburg, American born 1929




Hand embroidery of white cotton on cotton netting. Made in southern India c. 2015



And drink Morello cherry liqueur  until another May comes with the perfect viburnum. 

Nothing cyclical about the way we are drinking, you think.  We had better watch out….



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