Monday, May 31, 2010
otherwise known as Kalmia latifolia, to either those in the know or to snoots and geeks who get their kicks by speaking in dead languages and botanical terms. No matter the name you call it, it's pretty fabulous and was one of the goodies in bloom at wildflower island this weekend. The bark is sweet too. Though it's native to the east coast and maybe even the state plant for Pennsylvania or Connecticut, it's the first time I've seen it growing wild.
some of it at least...the strawberries are everbearing so they will produce throughout the season and were leftovers from my plot's former gardener and from a neighbor. I can't believe how much they are producing this year and I can't take any credit for it. I've pretty much left them alone to do their thing, except for cutting out some runners and making room for some newer plants by thinning out the older ones.
was seeing the chickens at Paul's house just down the road from Teatown Reservation before our wildflower tour. First time I've ever collected fresh eggs. And since chickens aren't botanical, although this one is quite beautiful, here's a photo of a red japanese maple growing in Paul's yard. It doesn't produce any brown eggs, but does have beautiful leaves.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The nicest perk about having a garden, even one where we mostly grow vegetables is the bouquets Joe makes from whatever is flowering. Here is Joe's columbine in the window and chive and lavender flowers from my garden. It's nice just to look at them and be reminded of time spent at Floyd Bennett. Plus we have fresh flowers dirt cheap.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Two weeks ago, some stolen moments at work. I thought of them today while weeding and mulching in the rose garden, which is now dripping in petals. It was only two weeks ago that I was so dazzled by the buds alone.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I will start a blog of this year of delights. I'll start with a photo of salvaged tulips in the window. They were pulled out of the tulip bed at BBG on a sloppy day in late April, dunked in the lily pond and delighted me at home for days.