We have snowdrops: And crocuses: And the wonderful-smelling winter honeysuckle: All the bulbs on the Caton Strip are up, ready to bloom soon and even the rosebushes are sending out new growth: It’s going to be a wonderful spring!
Winter is never lifeless. Many of the plants that live for years die back to the ground, but if you look you can see the new leaves waiting to grow: Sedum Chrysanthemum Mullein and hollyhock Asters Then there are the plants that are green all winter long: Various groundcovers Wild strawberries […]
You may have wondered how the narrow strip of land running along Caton Ave. can host so many different kinds of flowers. Early in the spring we get flowering bulbs, and as soon as they’re finished the violets and Italian arum begin to bloom. As the year progresses we have irises, day lilies, bee balm, […]
Many of the showy fall flowers are climbers, such as Morning glories: Fall clematis: Bind Weed Do you see the bee flying towards the flower? There’s also porcelain berry. The flowers are tiny, but the clusters of berries will turn pale and speckled. I’ve seen many insects on the flowers, so they must provide […]
Spring is well under weigh! The strip of flowers along Caton is spectacular: White cabbage butterflies have been feeding there in such numbers that people stop to stare at them. Why are they called “cabbage” butterflies? Because they lay their eggs on cabbage plants and the caterpillars eat the leaves. Farmers hate them – but […]
Well, she’s waited for a long time, but we think Lady Greene finally has a real home. Here’s the report Barbara just got from her new person: She has been amazing still shy doesn’t like any toys or cat nip but she is so friendly I wake up and she’s always laying on my bed
The hellebores (yellow and purple) are in bloom. And so are the hyacinths: The first daffodils are open on the Caton strip. In the foreground is our little holly tree; in the background you can see the plum tree coming into bloom. Did you know that in Japan there are festivals to celebrate the plum […]
The Italian arum has kept its beautiful silver-veined leaves even under the snow… … but now the snowdrops and the hellebores……are announcing that the end of winter has truly come. The starlings are back too. They were gone all winter, but today they were on the Green, whistling and chirping. I couldn’t get a good […]
The Green lies deep beneath the Blizzard. Nobody has walked there but the squirrels: All GallopNYC’s equipment is drifted over, guarded by icicles: But look what I found sleeping in the snow!
As we all know, the weather has been ridiculously warm. Some plants are sensitive to the length of daylight, others respond to warm temperatures. This year it’s easy to see which plants have been fooled! Daisy fleabane Sedum Feverfew Thoroughwort Here’s how thoroughwort is supposed to look this time of year: dead stalks with some […]