June 25, 2007

A Visit to the Flea Market

Posted in New York, pleasant views, summertime at 12:08 am by carol

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My good friend Claudia thought that I needed some time away from the gardens and decided to take me to the Flea Market. Sadly these have been downsized greatly.

The 6th Avenue Flea Market was world famous.

Now there are new high-rise luxury apartments where the main 3 spots were.

New Yorkers never say die though…a few have sprouted in the shadows of the skyscrapers, and seem here to stay, for now.

truck of chairsa lions headbeads

There is such a cornucopia of goods, and not so good, to be had for all.

shoesties anyone?

After all the running around it was time for a break!

Pad Thai & Thai Basil Lemondide

Hope that you will enjoy the sample of views….

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June 24, 2007

Some of my friends in the Garden….

Posted in Garden, summertime at 11:38 pm by carol

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Pansies

Their faces always make me smile

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Caladium

I am just in awe of the colors these leaves have

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Begonias

There are so many varieties in this glorious family

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Hydrangea

How can anyone resist this flower with a thousand flowers in it?

I so love to start my day tending to my friends, watching them grow.

June 17, 2007

still more happy faces…..

Posted in Garden, summertime at 11:26 pm by carol

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I just keep coming back to these happy faces, and boy do they make my day!

How can you have any problems when you see this every am??

Watch how we grow…..

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June 16, 2007

Garden Faces

Posted in Garden, summertime at 1:27 am by carol

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Here are just a few of the smiling faces that greet me in the garden. You can see why I need to come every day! They are my ever changing friends, and boy can they grow! I just cannot wait to see what has changed from the day before; yes……I do indeed take pictures every day! Doesn’t every parent take wayyyyy too many pictures of their new babies? I just can’t help myself……but who can blame me? Please enjoy my babies pictures and come back to watch them grow, I thank you for all your comments; they really mean so much to me!

string of bleeding heartsyellow budshydranger

June 14, 2007

Marrakech Majorelle Gardens

Posted in Garden, pleasant views at 2:13 am by carol

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Marrakech Majorelle Gardens

Inspired by a comment about Marrakech, I decided to let my fingers take me around the world to see what grows there. It is just so beautiful!

See so yourself.

My Favorite…..so far…..

Posted in Before & Afters, Garden at 12:30 am by carol

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I know I know…your not suppose to have favorites…but, of my 7 gardens this one is my favorite. It is a courtyard garden on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The buildings are @ 100 yrs old. There were the two trees, the headless lady and the stained glass, so I kept them. Everything else is new this season (the last few weeks). I will just keep filling in all season, can’t wait! I wanted it to seem kinda fairy like and tranquil….what do you think?

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June 11, 2007

To toil in the soil….

Posted in Before & Afters, Garden at 1:07 am by carol

How lucky am I? I went from no gardens to 7! One is our Community Garden of course. It was established when we came upon it. The old members were slow to release any space to the newbie’s. They had been through a lot, with the new construction and loss of some old plots. Getting the old members together to discuss the new plot assignment seemed like a lifetime to a gardener…my tomato was waiting for a plot… sitting in a small plastic container. The end of May we got word what was ours to share, between 10 new gardeners (well it is Manhattan). After discussing it with the majority of the new gardeners, I did some landscaping (with what we have).

 our first viewsecond view

we find out it’s oursa little work

We had decided that terraced or stepped bed would serve us best. So far we have a tomato, basil, jalapeno pepper, Echinacea, assorted flowers, a bleeding heart, and I am hoping a yellow rose & hydrangea.  

Claudia, Niko & Al do some planting 

It is the journey you know…

June 10, 2007

Ah, Nature the greatest of all Seductresses!

Posted in Before & Afters, Garden at 1:56 am by carol

Begonia

I so love Mother Nature and all her glorious colors! I cannot believe that it has been a month since I have blogged! I have been busy as you will see. I have been gardening, 7 separate ones to be exact. I have started then all from scratch this year. Turning the soil and fortifying it with some nice rich compost, top soil, food and mulch. As many gardeners know, now it is off to the races! I must confess, when it comes to plants and flowers…I am a total shop-aholic! I just cannot control myself.

 big red vein

I will spend my last dollar on some plant that I simply must have, right then and there! The worst/best part of this is that it happens all season long! I will buy till the frost….mums are great then, such a burst of color! So here I am in the beginning of my favorite dance. Off to the various nurseries and farmers markets looking for that special plant, you know the one that is calling you by name.

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‘pssst carol, hey look over here….here I am….wouldn’t I look great in that empty corner…or over by that lattice?’ next thing ya know you are carrying it off with a lighter pocket and a smile on your face… But wait there’s more… the joy of actually working the soil, if can remember I do put my gloves on but sometimes…I just cannot wait even that long and I dig right in to the soil bare handed! planters

Ahhh gardening, it is a great way to lose yourself and find yourself at the same time.