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Fall in a NY minute

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October, like last year, was full of garden chores and much digging. We planted 1000 bulbs and dozens of new trees and shrubs, moved a few dozen more perennials and roses, and cleaned up all the beds and mulched. In between we argued about everything from edging type to bulb planting techniques, moved a billion wheelbarrows full of dirt, and generally enjoyed the warm temperatures. When I left on the 22nd there were still a few struggling sweet peas, while the anemones were happily turning out several flowers a day. It was hardly recognizable as fall in Edmonton.

But I had no regrets leaving for NYC. October is a beautiful month there too. I hit up all my old haunts – the Conservatory Garden, High Line, NYBG and Wave Hill. Of course it rained while I was at the NYBG and was entirely too sunny by the time I got to Wave Hill, but that’s just par for the course. I also had a little nap in the sun in the Conservatory Garden before proceeding over to my friends’ place – just like old times. Sorry for the purely phone photography.

 

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Wave Hill – Early Summer Colour

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Viburnum plicatum ‘Kern’s Pink’

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Aquilegia flabellata ‘Blackcurrant Ice’

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Early Summer at the BBG and Wave Hill

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My garden visits have dropped off since the semester ended, but I’ve made it to a few in the last few weeks. I met some friends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the roses, and although it was just after a storm, the sheer number of roses was pretty impressive. Worth a trip to either the NYBG or BBG at this time of year.

I went up to Wave Hill yesterday and finally caught one of the free tours. Perhaps a bit more rambling than one would like, but interesting to get a bit more of the history and some more plant names. Summer plants don’t hold my attention quite the same way as their spring counterparts. Nonetheless, I found Salvia discolor, Stachys officinalis, Acanthus balcanicus, Kirengeshoma palmata, Aquilegia ‘Swallowtail’, Penstemon ‘Husker Red’, Magnolia macrophylla and a blooming Magnolia grandiflora (which smelled like heaven) quite diverting.

The last two posts on Ben Pentreath’s blog have been great. The latest is hipster sculptures and the one prior is on Poundbury (an experimental development based on Prince Charles’ design principles).

Auntie Shelley is always going on about her (admittedly quite beautiful) Hakone grass so I thought she might appreciate this post on propagating it

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Kelly and I had a good visit a few weeks back. You can see her pretty flowers here!

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We got a kick out of the elaborate kale garden at the BBG

We got a kick out of the elaborate kale garden at the BBG

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Larkspur, shirley poppy, and Stachys officinalis at Wave Hill

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Salvia discolor (it’s more silvery in person)

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Bees always seem so happy in salvia. You should plant some. This one is Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’.

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Late Spring/Early Summer at Wave Hill

P1040407I went back up to Wave Hill the other day to celebrate the end of exams and to see what was blooming. I am so curious about the individual plants that I have to consciously remind myself to look at the garden form itself. Yet, I think Wave Hill’s strength is not the garden design necessarily, but its plant collections. And of course its beautiful view of the Pallisades.

I find myself wandering more slowly through gardens these days, always on the lookout for unusual plants that catch my eye. Even as I recognize more and more plants, there seems to be an ever increasing number that I do not. My latin is hardly improving, but I am trying! I think the worst thing to come of this is I am increasingly opinionated. Is that even possible? More accurately, I am cultivating a hatred for plants other than petunias.

I’m sad spring has come to a close, but I’ve had a good run of garden visits. Thanks for putting up with all the pictures. At times this semester has been unbearably long, but now all I can remember is a haze of flowers, dinners with friends, the turquoise blue of Bermuda reefs, doughnuts, and a few great concerts.

In a return to the days of yore, I did quite a bit of baking with friends this afternoon, although nothing worth reporting in about. I also made some rhubarb fool yesterday and that was pretty satisfying. Hmm, might go sneak a spoonful right now…

Growing summer bulbs

Ariel views of an apple orchard = awesome

Nigel’s pork meatballs in broth

Roasted hazelnut cookies

Ginger coconut soup

Indoor water gardens

Ice cream flowers

A sweet video of Ariella Chezar arranging

Hour-long program on Prince Charles’ garden Highgrove

Short clip on Ninfa, a beautiful garden in an ancient Italian town

Col. Chris Hadfield’s version of Space Oddity

MUST GO TO THIS NEXT YEAR (need all the rare plants… for my nonexistent garden)

Looooooove the new Vampire Weekend album – Step is one of my fav songs

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The terrace in front of the alpine house is now full of specimens

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Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’

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The last time we saw this view it was just a sea of glowing crocuses

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Early Spring at Wave Hill

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I rushed up to Wave Hill after class last Friday. This is the year to appreciate early spring. The crocuses that were fried in seconds last year are happily showing off right now. Wave Hill has a really nice collection of them, along with many different kinds of galanthus, scilla, and helebores, plus carpets of¬†Chionodoxa sardensis. I’m definitely heading back up once the magnolias start blooming. Can’t wait!

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Only did tiny dance of joy after finding this.

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This pairing is both over the top and kind of awesome.

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They had a nice collection of oxalis in the alpine house.

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Iris reticulata¬†(‘Katharine Hodgkin’?)

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