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Our Neighbors

The Green is home to many wild creatures. Recently Syrup told me there was a Stranger nearby – and when I looked to see what she was barking at –   We’ve seen the raccoon several times since then (Syrup always finds it first) and my friend who rehabilitates wildlife says it’s probably very young, […]

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Now that the Lilacs are Gone …..

There’s always something new to enjoy: the old man’s beard and viburnums are in radiant bloom and the pines are holding their candles high The wild black raspberries and strawberries are getting ready to fruit:       We have columbines and onions (yes, onions!) in bloom and, in an unmowed section of lawn, these […]

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  Yes, all the daffodils and tulips have shriveled and dropped their petals. It was over in a blink. But now… We have lilacs, tree spireas, wildflowers whose names I don’t know, a few late tulips (even some green ones!   We have flowers on the pawpaw trees, columbines and ajugas: I’ve never seen so […]

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Shifting Colors in the Garden

When Spring began it seemed that all the flowers were white and yellow – but look now: We have blue grape hyacinths,  all the colors of tulips , violet violets                                                              and the first buds of the purple French lilacs The silvery serviceberry blossoms are about to open and the last of the daffodils, small and […]

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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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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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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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