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Gardens at Bowling Green

We are still getting storms ….

but even if you haven’t been paying attention, you can’t miss that spring is here!   The snowdrops and crocuses are in bloom (though the crocuses have shut themselves up tight because the day is so dark):   The new leaves are greening the bare ground:   The cornelian cherry buds have opened, the lilac […]

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If you came to the Green today

What would you see? Mud and dead leaves? Or would you notice The thickening crown of the elm tree where the buds are swelling? And the big buds on the cornelian cherries? Would you look closely enough to see the day lilies coming up, the wild strawberry leaves – and the vividly colored new growth […]

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Welcome to the White!

Hard to recognize, isn’t it?   View from the porch: Down the path looking south, the lilacs seen from the entry gate, the path behind the cabin:     My corner viewed from behind the cabin, the path leading back to the lawn, the Caton strip from afar and closer up:   The pines at […]

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Cold Snap

Usually at this time of year leaves are turning color and falling slowly to the ground, making crisp drifts. But this fall has been different: we had a sudden frost that caught many of the plants by surprise. Leaves shriveled and turned brown, still clinging:   Of course not every plant was unprepared. We have […]

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The Deep Purple Fall

The year has turned: nights are longer than days and the last of the fruits and flowers are here. We have morning glories (purple and pink) and purple amaranth, masses of purple beautyberries   and asters everywhere:   If you look carefully at the asters picture, perhaps you’ll see the bees feasting on the nectar. […]

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Summer’s End

The new things on the Green are the wildflower bed (which is still blooming) and another new bed in which tomatoes are ripening and some sort of vine in the squash family is spreading itself around (it still hasn’t fruited so I don’t know what it is). Last year I was promised that the strip […]

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Bees and Butterflys

Milkweed grows on the Green, but the kind of milkweed that grows there isn’t the kind monarch butterflies require. They want butterfly weed. And I have tried to grow it (bought a plant which arrived dead, got seeds from my friend Eileen that didn’t germinate). There was a lot of milkweed this year and after […]

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Its an ORCHID!

One of my neighbors is the orchid curator at the BBG and I asked him if our mystery plant might possibly be an orchid. He said: Good call Barbara; ’tis an orchid. It is Epipactis helleborine a Eurasian native that is increasingly common in Brooklyn and around the country: https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/an-orchid-disguised-as-a-weed/ A friend (the same one who […]

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After the Day Lilies

The next set of lilies is in bloom. These are day lily cultivars, a little fancy, and they bloom later:   The really exotic lilies are about to strut their stuff, standing tall with battalions of buds: We also have some new wildflowers in the bed behind the bench. Most have bloomed by now, but […]

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