Monday, May 30, 2011

Fort Tryon Park

Yesterday found me on the A Train to Inwood, on the northern-most part of Manhattan, to see The Cloisters Museum and Gardens.  After reaching the 190th Street subway stop, I rambled through Fort Tryon Park on the way to museum.  Designed by the Olmstead Brothers (sons of the designer of Central Park) and funded by John D. Rockefeller, the park's gardens are a beautiful sight in full bloom.  Although a little bit out of the way from most NYC "tourist sights", I strongly encourage everyone to get off the beaten path of "must-see, must do" when visiting NYC and head up to Fort Tryon Park.

A not so gentle reminder!

What I find so charming about Fort Tryon Park's borders is that they are not overly manicured.  Whether deliberate or not, the boarders always seem a little bit crowded, overgrown, and slightly "rough".

The under petals of pink on this peony bloom is a beautiful contrast to the white inner petals.

I have never tried growing poppies, and I don't think Greene Garden gets enough sunlight to do so, but I love the muted red petals and black eyes nonetheless.  It also seems to mix well with Digitalis....

Purple loosestrife has a great architectural form and height.  I've never seen it in the front of a border, but it doesn't seem to detract in my eyes.

Greene Garden Update

The WFF plants and the plants from Botanica have been installed.  Here's what's been happening at Greene Garden.
The Alchemilla, Astilbes and Hostas in the corner bed are coming along nicely.  Some of the Astilbes already have flower heads forming.
These Alchemillas are from Botanica and I thought they fit in nicely between the architectural pieces.
Anemone 'Prince Henry' and A. 'Robustissima'
I planted Mertensia virginica here. 
Cross your fingers for the Liatris alba to pop up here.

Helleborus foetidus
The Dicentra 'Golden Hearts' did not fare well in the delivery process.  The stems were almost completely broken off at the root ball.  Cross your fingers.
Hydrangea anomala petiolaris planted to grow up the Rose of Sharon.
Digitalis 'Camelot Lavender'

Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' against the Garden Wall
I have added in a few stepping stones in the Central Bed.  I imagine they will be less obvious once the garden has grown up over them a bit.
Still need to re-set the brick edging.  

The delivery from WFF included Cimicifuga 'Hillside Black Beauty' x3, Dicentra 'Golden Heart' x3, Digitalis 'Camelot Lavender' x6, Ligularia 'Britt Marie Crawford' x3, Mertensia virginica x6, Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' x3, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Well, my plants were finally delivered by UPS at 8:50pm on Friday night.  I had just sat down to dinner and BBC's "Barchester Chronicles" when the weary UPS man rang the bell.  I was so elated that I let dinner get a tad cold as I unboxed my booty.  I will have a post on my new arrivals asap.

I did not mention that yesterday I visited my friends at the Botanica Nursery on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.  I love this place.  For any city gardeners,  a great nursery with a decent selection and knowledgeable staff is hard to come by.  One which meets these requirements and is right in one's neighborhood is truly a gem and worth patronizing (as Botanica is).

I left with a few new acquisitions for Greene Garden - Anemone 'Prince Henry' x2, A. tomentosa 'Robustissima', Helleborus foetidus x 4,  Heuchera 'Blackout' x4, and Alchemilla mollis x 3.  These tided me over until the delivery from UPS.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Down with UPS!

I arrived home to Greene Avenue last night to an email telling me that UPS was to deliver my plants today by the end of the day (whenever that is).  I waited ALL day at home for the delivery.  At around 7pm I decided that I needed some groceries and that UPS would not be delivering at all anyway.  I was gone for 10 minutes and when I returned, there was a "missed you" note left by UPS.  Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!!  Tomorrow is another day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ramble 'n Seen

I love not having any agenda or "to do" lists on holidays.  These are from my morning walk around the island.  Enjoy!
I'm going to take some of this moss with me before I leave and see if I can get it to grow in the Greene Garden.

This mullein had the widest base I've ever seen in this plant.  About 2 feet is my guess.   Unless, of course, it's not mullein!

You will have to forgive the fencing.  The island is overrun by deer.

The pot plantings should fill in nicely by the time I return in June.