Here’s a great article, which highlights how important and beautiful designing gardens with native plants can be.
Yesterday I attended a pruning workshop given to gardeners at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is an exciting place to be a gardener as everything is so young. When trees are young, your pruning is crucial in the shaping (or destroying) of the trees. Mistakes you make now can cause weak limbs, and even the eventual death of a tree. The more acute of an angle the branch is to the tree, the weaker it is. The more branches you prune affects how the tree is able to photosynthesize and feed itself. The way you cut a branch can affect how it heals. It was clear that they take this responsibility very seriously and limit who is allowed to prune trees (no volunteers!). It was also clear that they love the fact that they haven’t inherited old trees with years of possibly bad pruning practices.
After the lecture portion, we went outside to look at some trees and assess what issues we saw that should be addressed, or left alone. Many of the trees are still suffering/recovering from Hurricane Sandy. There is also a tremendous amount of large-scale building going on down there, which is shading out some trees. And of course large delivery trucks parking often break branches facing the street.
Another factor that I hadn’t really considered before is the psychology of pruning in a public space. Leaving tree limbs that you would normally prune to block people from entering a bed. Or pruning a branch in a way that makes it uninviting for kids to grab on to and swing on. And of course pruning branches that are about eye-level in pathways.
The photo is the view of the sunset through the classroom window.
Finding unusual things while gardening today.Like this skull. I was cutting back herbaceous perennials today and stumbled upon this. No body attached. Probably a victim of Santeria. Likely a lamb. I’ve heard of people finding roosters nailed to trees in Prospect Park, but until this haven’t seen any sign of animal sacrifice.And I found this unusual egg case/chrysalis/whatever strung between branches of an azalea. Any idea what it might be? There were a couple and they all had a long tightrope with the case somewhere towards the middle. Not terribly well camouflaged. The size is less than an inch.
Our fall foliage has pretty much come and gone. The days are getting shorter and colder. I can still find bits of color here and there and am trying to soak in as much as I can before the monochromatic days of winter. Here are some photos from the Osborne garden this week.
Here’s a glimpse of the tulip bulbs I helped plant in the Osborne Garden yesterday. Check back in spring for the big show of flowers.