July 15, 2007

Koi ponds of the LES, NYC

Posted in Garden, New York, pleasant views, summertime at 11:50 pm by carol

This Saturday I had the extreme pleasure of going on the Green Thumb Koi Extravaganza!  

Koi Pond

It was a walking tour of some of the Community Gardens on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that have Koi Ponds. They were beautiful!

Small pond

We started our tour at the 6BC garden. I just Love this Garden!


It is such a jewel tucked away on 6th street between Aves B & C.


You really forget you are in the city when you step into this garden.

Small building

The 2 floor freestanding building is such a charmer, with vines reaching for the roof, which has solar collector panels on it that power the waterfall in the Koi Pond.

2 story building

A big thank you goes out to Cary who spoke for his garden, you guys do amazing work!

Our next stop was 6th and Ave B Garden, this garden was made famous with its large towering sculpture.


This was on the opening shots of NYPD Blues TV series.

This garden also boasts a large performance stage.


William gave us the lowdown on their Koi pond, thank you for all the great info.

the Koi pond

Our last garden was on 8th St between Aves C & D.

This garden had the largest of all the Koi ponds we saw that day as well as the oldest it is 20yrs old!

 Koi pond falls

They also have some lovely structures’.


 Thank you to Jan, Jim & Asami for their wealth of info on Koi & pond care.


I had such a great morning, hope you enjoy the photos!


July 11, 2007

garden in the dark…..

Posted in Garden, pleasant views, summertime at 6:30 pm by carol

Well I don’t know what the weather has been like where you are, but here in NYC it has been brutal! So HOT and so HUMID that the heat index is around 105*!!!! YIKES!!! The kind of weather that makes you sweat while you stand still.

Due to this present climate change, I have been saving my garden chores till later in the day.

Grape tomatoes

My grape tomato plant is out of control! Small clusters of baby tomatoes are erupting all over this plant. They needed to be staked better with some support for all this bounty.

Grape tomatoes 

Here are some photos of the garden in twilight

Bird House


July 8, 2007

my couscous salad

Posted in summertime, Yummie stuff at 4:08 am by carol

my couscous salad

In the summer it is a real challenge to think of what to eat, at least for me. One day I had an idea to make a new salad for a party I was going to. It was sooo hot out and I wanted something fresh and tasty. I came up with this….

Try it, I know you will love it!

Carol’s Couscous Salad 

2 cups of couscous or 2 boxes near east couscous (I like to use the mushroom and the pine nut herb). Make as directed, if using plain couscous add mushroom boulion. After cooking spread it out on a cookie sheet to cool off.

That was the easy part now for the rest.

1 granny smith apple, peeled & diced small

1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced small

¼ to ½ cup each pecans & golden raisins chopped, I like to chop them together.

1 med red onion diced small

1 large or 2 med carrots grated and chopped

½ – 1 cup frozen peas thawed

1/3 cup each; finely chopped flat leaf parsley, finely chopped mint, basil chiffinade.

Salt & Pepper to taste

Toss & serve

Sliced cherry tomatoes are a nice garnish around the rim of the serving bowl.

This is a real crowd pleaser, and will make even the person who hates couscous change their mind.

July 1, 2007

Oh Baby!

Posted in Garden, summertime at 2:38 am by carol

Cherry Tomato

This is what it is all about, growing your own food!You know what this baby has seen it’s whole life. All the good things I have put in its life, the food, water, sunlight, and TLC. I am thrilled at the lack of bad things like pesticides, and any other chemicals that were not in its life. Now to start getting my tomato recipes in order…..as well as some new things this year, Any ideas?

June 25, 2007

A Visit to the Flea Market

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

boxes of stuffoverviewbooth

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….

June 24, 2007

Some of my friends in the Garden….

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

yellow purp pansypurple & white pansypink & purple pansyperiwinkel pansypale pansy


Their faces always make me smile

2 tone calidumred vein calidumred and green calidumspotted calidumbig red calidum


I am just in awe of the colors these leaves have

spiral leaf begoniapeach begoniapink begoniarose begonia


There are so many varieties in this glorious family

1 hydrangea openspart bloom hydrengeapink hydrengeapurp hydrengea3 hydrengeas


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

wb 1purp hydrpink hydhydranger openswindow boxsilver purpspottedpink coleusoxtailsblue spikes

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…..


June 16, 2007

Garden Faces

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

sweet potato vinefernbleeding heartpansiespansyfigcoleusbegoniagarden-011.jpgFernbleeding heartspansiesYellow bloom

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