June 25, 2007
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.
There is such a cornucopia of goods, and not so good, to be had for all.
After all the running around it was time for a break!
Hope that you will enjoy the sample of views….
June 24, 2007
Their faces always make me smile
I am just in awe of the colors these leaves have
There are so many varieties in this glorious family
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
How can you have any problems when you see this every am??
Watch how we grow…..
June 16, 2007
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!
June 14, 2007
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.
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?
June 11, 2007
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).
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.
It is the journey you know…
June 10, 2007
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.
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.
‘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!
Ahhh gardening, it is a great way to lose yourself and find yourself at the same time.
May 7, 2007
Our Plant Sale was a success. It was a beautiful day on Saturday, plus we sold a lot of plants. Many thanks go out to; Al, Tony, Claudia, Rochelle, Ethel, Mandy, Kevin, Carlo, Mr. G, and of course, yours truly. I must say that I was so happy to be on the shady side of the street. As lovely out as it was, I do not like to be in the sun all day, neither do most of our plants! We met a lot of fellow gardeners, as well as some more of the great people that work at the MLT (Manhattan Land Trust). They were kind enough to allow us to share their space at the block party for no charge. Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy the pictures and thanks to all who came out to support us!
May 5, 2007
Well here we go….
Off to beautiful Bed Sty Brooklyn on a gorgeous spring morning to pick up our plants!
A big thank you goes out to our steady helpers; Al, Claudia, Tony & of course myself.
We got there at 10am the opening time and can you believe it there were already gardeners there picking out their plants. Well as they say the early bird catches the worm!
It was like an Easter Egg Hunt! There were so many to choose from. Which one had 3 sprouts instead of 1 or 2? You get the picture. Some of my companions got what they call in the country ‘Bushel Fever”! When you see so many things available, you just want to take them all, or as many as you possibly can. It was easy for me to identify the symptoms, as I had suffered from the same thing years earlier. It was when I lived in New Paltz, NY. It was October we were raiding the most since pumpkin patch @ midnight; I saw fields & fields of pumpkins. I wanted them all it seemed, or at least a lot. I had sand bags that I was filling, while trying to drag them all to the get-away van my cohorts laughed and laughed at my ‘bushel fever’. I learned my lesson.
Well when we got them back to the garden for sorting pricing and selling, it was like Christmas had come early to the gardeners. They wanted to keep them all! I tried to explain that we did not need 500 basil plants, but then I just laughed, bushel fever is contagious it seems.
We sorted things out and we will be selling some of the plants.
We will be selling on E 11th street between 2nd /3rd Aves in Manhattan all day this
Saturday May 5th between 10am till @ 6pm or however long the plants last.
Please feel free to come out and support our community garden!