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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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Our New Wildflowers

Early in the summer a couple of my neighbors gave me packets of wildflower seeds. I didn’t know what (if anything) would come up; even after the seeds germinated I couldn’t recognize the plants. But now! We have a forget-me-not, poppies,  Some feathery stuff that might be cosmos… and other things I still can’t identify […]

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As Summer Approaches

If I have a favorite time on the Green, it’s probably now. Twenty years ago I requested permission to begin caring for the land because every year the lilies were whacked down to stubble just as they began to bloom. Why? To keep the weeds under control! So I waded in with my shovel and […]

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Meet the horse nettle!

I like weeds, most of them. But, even though they’re pretty, I don’t like horse nettles. Why? Well, for starters, they’re covered with sharp little prickles, even the leaves. And they grow by sending roots sideways under the soil and coming up in unexpected places.  So today I spent most of my time digging out […]

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Today’s trick question —

What color is an iris? There are also the flag irises (the yellow ones open first, purple later): And the Italian arum, the fancy spirea, the daisy fleabane – even the grasses are in bloom!   We also have a new tree: a purple-leafed plum: And the roses and bishop’s weed are in bloom too! […]

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