Friday, February 24, 2012

Back at the Old Lot


When planting in an urban lot, you gotta work with what you've got and it ain't much. But from what's left of last year's growth, the ground, disturbed or disturbing depending on your viewpoint) supports mugwort, goldenrod, some evening primrose, some sweet clover, queen anne's lace, honeylocust saplings and mullein, among other things. No big surprises yet but we haven't explored it fully. For our first planting in the fall, we chose bulbs, thinking that since many come from rocky areas and won't be requiring a whole lot of water or care, they just might make it. Drying stalks of the nearby weeds sufficed as a makeshift mulch and our fingers were crossed for luck. We're still waiting to see what happens. So far, unlike a lot of things this year, no early blooms. Just some sweet green poking out of the ground to let us know these plants are making an effort to survive.

3 comments:

sarah said...

Nothing yet up here!

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Well I'm sure you will be having fun watching it all develop soon enough with your camera handy. I remember you asking about the red-winged blackbirds. Haven't seen any myself yet, but there was a recent post at NYBotanical garden blog about males being spotted. link here: http://www.nybg.org/plant-talk/2012/02/wildlife/harbinger-of-spring/

frank@nycg said...

The mystery deepens...