Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hydrangea....looking towards summer




This most beautiful Hydrangea Macrophylla started as an "Easter Plant" and was moved three times and divided into three separate plants. It grows like crazy and puts out a multitude of these beautiful flowers for about six weeks in the summer. Seems like we need to remember this during these long, dark, cold days. Spring will come. It always does!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Harvest compost!

Lisa with her handy Felco's tackles the Holly

Photos from the Garden

Spontaneous work day in the garden


A few of us gathered on the spur of the moment. Lisa pruned the holly, Susan harvested compost and Ellen just hung out and took these photos. Nancy cheered us on while scurrying to do her chores. I thought the garden looked fabulous. It looks very vibrant and some of the color combinations are stunning. Here are a few shots from the day.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Few Photos Taken Today

We are suffering a heat wave, but the garden is holding up nobly. I have a new digital camera -- yay! I would have taken more pictures but it was a bit too sunny.

Plantings & containers in the area where Pagoda Dogwood used to be:


Echinacea (purple coneflower):


Nicotiana and cosmos, with tiger lilies from Linda Mandracchia's garden in the background:


Front steps:


Front steps:


Nicole, watering:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hi Gardeners

Hey all,

This past Sunday I managed to get to the garden. I saw Susan there. I chucked that rotting Xmas wreath that was flung under a tree. I also repaired the little picket fence that had been broken in many places. It was great to do some work there and the garden was looking soooooo beautiful!!! Wow. Especially those barrels with all that colorful gorgeousness. When are the next work days? Or when one of you plans to go over for a while, maybe you can let me know so I can work, too. I don't have a key as of yet, though it's just a matter of meeting up with Nancy at some point. You can call me at 718 633 0059. Happy Summer!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

May Work Day

It was a perfect day to work in the garden, following a day of rain.

We had plenty to do. We had gotten lots of inexpensive plants through the Council on the Environment -- flats of impatiens, dusty miller, portulaca, marigolds and cosmos as well as perennials including Echinacea, Rudbekia, English Lavender, Russian Sage and Vinca minor -- (thank you, Nancy Wilks, for coordinating this!) as well as some lovely goodies from the BBG Plant Sale.

Major projects for the day included:
- Naoko worked on the "trample path" in the mound area. After loosening the soil and adding compost, she transplanted unwanted asters from the rose bed, and then planted a carpet of dusty miller and impatiens. We hope this will give the message that this area is actually a bed and not a path!
- Nancy C. planted the barrels with a pink, magenta & purple assortment of annuals including lobelia, dianthus, verbena and more
- Lisa, as usual, worked in many areas and was such a whirlwind of productivity that I can't list it all. And, she pruned the forsythia and the euonymous.
- Susan J. harvested compost and worked on the front of the rose bed, moving the rudbekia and replacing it with two lavender plants and portulaca.
- Nancy Y. planted the Chimney Pipe containers with the beautiful dahlias she'd gotten at the BBG sale, and worked on several of the other front containers too. We are delighted that her larkspur has re-seeded itself and is growing lushly in one of the containers! The pansies and violas are still thriving, and we will leave them be 'til the temperatures rise
- Beverly did a lot of work in her bed, planting annuals, and redesigning some of the perennial plantings. She planted a rudbekia. We all agree that one can never have enough black-eyed Susans!
- Nancy W. worked on the tree beds and gave them plenty of mulch. She also planted seeds in the previously-neglected 8th Street tree beds.
- Nancy C. planted vinca minor (also known as myrtle and periwinkle) in the area west of Sara's bench, and we placed fencing all around this area. We really hope the kids will refrain from using this area and that the vines will "take".
- we installed some wooden picket fencing (an impulse buy this morning at Lowe's) on the south side of the center mound area. It looks good but is way too flimsy and needs serious reinforcement.

A great day. We got a LOT done but still have a lot to do, such as weeding! We have a bunch of annuals still to plant, and have to make decisions on our remaining perennials (two echinacea; a Scottish heather plant from the BBG Plant Sale, and the Judy Zuk magnolia that Nancy & Beverly got at the BBG Plant Sale).

Saturday, April 12, 2008

April Garden Work Day!

Lots of lovely bulbs are coming up in the Schaef Earth Garden: crocuses beneath the birch tree, daffodils in the tree pits and along the Sixth Avenue fence, peacock tulips in the whiskey barrels, hyacinths, and many, many others. The forsythia is blooming, the weeping crabapple is budding, and everything else is poised and ready to sing.

Today, Lisa did a tremendous amount of pruning, raking and other clean-up (Lisa, it looked like you filled at least 6 trash bags! Wow!); Nancy W. worked studiously in her tree pits, tending the soil and planting deep purple pansies; and Beverly, Nancy C. & Susan J. planted pansies, violas and primroses here, there and everywhere.

A beautiful day in our peaceful garden! We're excited about how splendid it will look by April 27th -- Earth Sunday.

Resources (Books and such) List

  • Community Gardening Guidebook, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, www.bbg.org
  • The End of Nature by Bill McKibben