DIY: Mailbox Planter

July 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

One of the first things I didThis re purposed mailbox is no more difficult than planting any other planter, you fill with dirt, make sure there is appropriate drainage and away you go! I wanted something that would fall out of the box and had some left over Creeping Jenny that I needed to put to good use. The one downfall is that the mailbox doesn’t collect rain and can get quite hot, so be sure to water appropriately.

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Look Back: Historical New York City Gardens

May 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

I am supposedly part of the generation of “digital natives”, but  even I remember a time where the internet wasn’t so vast.   The mere possibilities that come with having  accessible information still  kind of blow my mind, just think about all the things you could know . So today we peek into the library of congress  photo archive  for pictures of  historical New York City Gardens.

Title: Backyard gardens in New York City Other Title: Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48 Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. View east to common garden Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1920 fall] Call Number: LOT 12637-4 [item] [P&P]

Title: Backyard gardens in New York City
Other Title: Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48 Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. View east to common garden
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1920 fall]
Call Number: LOT 12637-4 [item] [P&P]

Title: [The Touchstone Garden, New York, New York. Sculpture exhibition] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1919 summer] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X104- 48 [P&P]

Title: [The Touchstone Garden, New York, New York. Sculpture exhibition]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1919 summer]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X104- 48 [P&P]

Title: ["Jones Wood" townhouses, East 65th and East 66th Streets between Lexington and Third Avenues, New York, New York. View from garden to St. Vincent Ferrer church] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1921] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 72 [P&P]

Title: [“Jones Wood” townhouses, East 65th and East 66th Streets between Lexington and Third Avenues, New York, New York. View from garden to St. Vincent Ferrer church]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1921]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 72 [P&P]

itle: [Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan house, Turtle Bay Gardens, 228 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Garden] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 32 [P&P]

itle: [Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan house, Turtle Bay Gardens, 228 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Garden]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 32 [P&P]

Title: [Gramercy Park, between East 20th and East 21st Streets east of Park Avenue, New York, New York. Fountain] Related Names:     Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952 , lecturer Date Created/Published: [ca. 1922] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, sepia toned ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 78 [P&P]

Title: [Gramercy Park, between East 20th and East 21st Streets east of Park Avenue, New York, New York. Fountain]
Related Names:
Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952 , lecturer
Date Created/Published: [ca. 1922]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, sepia toned ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X98- 78 [P&P]

Title: [Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48th Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Pergola in common garden] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall] Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in. Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 17 [P&P]

Title: [Turtle Bay Gardens, 227-247 East 48th Street and 228-246 East 49th Street, New York, New York. Pergola in common garden]
Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer
Date Created/Published: [1920 Fall]
Medium: 1 photograph : glass lantern slide, hand-colored ; 3.25 x 4 in.
Call Number: LC-J717-X107- 17 [P&P]

 I also found this gem of a poster created by the federal government encouraging Americans to be patriotic and plant a Victory Garden, helping reduce  the possibility of a food shortage by creating  a local food supply. Which, to be honest, is still pretty sound advice even outside of wartime!

Title: Grow it yourself Plan a farm garden now. Creator(s): Bayer, Herbert, 1900-, artist Related Names:     United States. Rural Electrification Administration , sponsor Date Created/Published: NYC : NYC WPA War Services, [between 1941 and 1943] Call Number: POS - WPA - NY .B39, no. 1 (C size) [P&P]

Title: Grow it yourself Plan a farm garden now.
Creator(s): Bayer, Herbert, 1900-, artist
Related Names:
United States. Rural Electrification Administration , sponsor
Date Created/Published: NYC : NYC WPA War Services, [between 1941 and 1943]
Call Number: POS – WPA – NY .B39, no. 1 (C size) [P&P]

Cool Places: Seattle Japanese Garden

March 27, 2012 Comments Off on Cool Places: Seattle Japanese Garden

If Seattle couldn’t get any cooler they have a Japanese Garden, that is maintained by the parks and Rec department no less. The garden was designed and installed in the 60’s and some of the large specimens they have there are quite a site to see. These photos didn’t come out as well as I would have liked, so perhaps I can use that to justify another trip.

Garden Lust: Old Dog, New Tricks: Hybrid Coneflowers

May 20, 2011 Comments Off on Garden Lust: Old Dog, New Tricks: Hybrid Coneflowers

Who  doesn’t love a coneflower? They are hardy, bloom almost all summer, and  they can cure what ails ya. And I love them, the whites and purple are an old stand by in summer , although despite these things I feel like they often get overlooked because they are so prevalent(not to mention native in many areas.) But no more as Patrick Swayze would say “Nobody puts baby in a corner”  and the hybrid coneflower  can pretty much knock your socks off.

Echinacea “Hot Lava”

Echinacea 'Hot Lava'

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Echinacea “Gum Drop”

Echinacea 'Gum Drop'

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Echinacea “Tangerine Dreams”

Echinacea 'Tangerine Dream'

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And one last appropriatelt titled:

Echinacea “Secret Lust”

Echinacea 'Secret Lust'

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Spring Storms and the Little Garden That Could

May 16, 2011 Comments Off on Spring Storms and the Little Garden That Could

This is what my little rooftop garden suffers through regularly! Behemoth storms that look like they’ve got something to prove.

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Garden Lust Friday! Strawberry Pots

April 1, 2011 Comments Off on Garden Lust Friday! Strawberry Pots

So Garden Lust Friday is back…kind of. I really can’t make any promises because life + plus more life= laziness in time off. Anyway I actually got a strawberry pot for my birthday this past month, but I think they are still lust worthy because: they look cool, they have beaucoup functionality, and they look cool. Instead of strawberries, I am putting succulents in mine this summer because they too are something I am obsessed with. Although I am tempted to do herbs because you get a lot of bang for your buck space wise.

I grew up with the standard terracotta  strawberry pot. The good thing about these is they don’t go out of style. These are s from Arizona Pottery. I also fancy the ones with cups instead of  just plan openings.

Terracotta 9 hole strawberry jar

From there, the strawberry pot can get pretty fancy. I am pretty fond of glazed pottery(this is the kind I got for my birthday), because who doesn’t love some shiny stuff.Glazed Strawberry Pot - Click Image to Close

Washington Pottery

And if you want to splurge a little , you can get something as cool as this nature plants from Design Night. But it is going to set you back $375

Nature planter

Also so you know what a  strawberry CAN be here are some ideas from the interweb.

The always talented Gayla Trail, has the example below and loads more of ideas and how to’s, so I suggest you visit her post and site (chocked full of wonderful photos) here.

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

This pot comes from White Flower Farm, and comes fully planted with strawberries, plus they have a little video on how to plant a strawberry pot.

Strawberry Jar And Mara des Bois Strawberries

Happy Lusting!

Patience is not my virtue

February 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

So it’s probably no secret to those that know me but I have a bit of a pension for depression.  That is part of the reason that I like gardening, because often it’s a  good way for me to redirect my attention, and feel productive, rather than wallow. However the downfall of all gardens and especially a roof top garden is that in the winter there is nothing, just empty pots.

Which just depresses me further.But the good and bad thing is that rooftop gardens are really easy to start over every spring, it’s just spring has to get here first. I have decided to focus more on flowers and herbs this  year. So since I can’t garden I took a little time to plan yesterday and created a garden wish list.

Flowers

Purple Coneflower

Hybrid red conelflower

Nasturtiams

Zinnias

Dahlias

Hollyhock

Bee balm

French Marigolds

Yarrow

Foxglove

Herbs

Chamomile

Peppermint

Chocolate Mint

Lemon Balm

Lavender ( 2  varieties)

Borage

Tree

Dwarf Nectarine (Southern Belle)

Other

Sedum-Autumn Joy

Cactus

Vegetable

Heirloom Tomato


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