Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter's bone

Mid 40's at sunrise today.
Stole a snip in a nursery, sweet thing makes for a  lovely handing basket. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Early morning coffee time

Slowly but surely the garden is filling out.  More needed to hide some power lines and rooftops facing south  Still calms my heart  being surrounded by young ones.  Looking forward to fishtail's  growth.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Penthouse B West 92nd our first terrace

A prince of a dog Gus. Wife Edie in the background. I don't remember the  type of rose. The wrap terrace was about 60" x 35'. Narrow but had an unobstructed southern view and a block from Central Park, we had a  view down 92nd (to CPW) of resevoir and cherry trees in the spring, the park white in snow and leafed in the summer, etc. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

hiding from the noonday sun

A superba cane type this begonia's leaves not as sharply serrated as B. 'Sophie Cecile'  must be B. 'Lana'!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

after further gutter work-- I am now able to let the soaker hose run with impunity as needed.

Terrace gardener. Like an old bonsai-- more character with age?
Certainly a bigger belly and less leaves on top.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Repotting continued.

I love this tall earthenware urn. The lady palm housed here for 5 or so years had become cramped as shoots were coming up at all angles.. though I tried to remove these every so often.

Unwanted, random shoots can be pulled out with enough root to plant. These would be free $, but ladies are slow growers. The impatient among us should buy a mature plant.

New shoots will hopefully fill this out
Because the root ball was large then mouth of urn it was a pain in the ass to remove.

Shook off as much soil as I could trimmed up stranglers, filled 1" lava rock, repotted in light soil full of hummus. Tied up on trellis to keep it straight while it's growing in. There is a near constant breeze up here.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Re-potting the bamboo palm.

I've repotted a number plants and the garden is reaping the rewards. The bamboo palm was planted 4 or so years ago. It had never grown to fill the pot.

When I unpotted, the soil around the root ball was dry and had been dry for some time. I shook the roots clean, trimmed some strangler roots, 1" lava rock and repotted in the same pot.

I use the Miracle Gro moisture mix-- I love this soil; light and full of organic matter.

New shoots galor. Height now about 60".

I read in Container Gardens for Florida that bamboo palms stay at about 8' in the landscape. There is one in my neighborhood that is at least 15'. It's an elegant plant. Maybe I mis-read..

In the landscape

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A garden in recovery

6/1 - 6/15 Garden deconstructed for the painting of the building.

7/1 - 6 weeks for the retiling (due to a few weeks of off and on heavy rains). 

I took this time to repot a few.. Eugenia foetida replaed  a large sea grape, a fish tail palm replaced the blood orange (burly marx crammed around the base of palm). Another fish tail took the place of a sea grape.
Eugenia "Spanish Stopper"
Then came Irma. Had to take smaller pots in, group large pots agains corner .. blah, blah. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

On a shopping spree

Olive and I poking aroun. Hurricane Irma only a few days away..  I hope the trees are standing when we get back. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Field Work

Eating not quite yet guava at Richard Lyons nursery. The star fruit however with heavenly.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Solar water pot

SunnyDaze 79 gph Solar Pump; chicken wire, black river rocks, bucket inside of white pot to hold water. 

Panel attached to trellis facing due south.  Runs 12+ hrs on a charge, though it has a timer to take care of on/off effort.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Finished project. It looks nice. Now back to getting my hands dirty in the garden.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


4 weeks later still need to grout, but the mottled lichen color will hide dirt, rust.
Can't wait to get garden back in order.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Two staples

In a big ole pot, i might be getting too old for pots this size.. I think I've told you how much I love an orange bougainvillea.