The best fruit is the fruit you grow and collect yourself. Not a lot of opportunities to grow fruit in NYC, but the local elementary school where dievca goes to vote must have classes in gardening for the kids. There are strawberries coming into season, raspberry bushes and blueberries, too! A section for tomatoes and peppers – then what looks to be a butterfly garden. All wrapping the school in a verdant hug.
The best part is dievca can imagine those greedy little fingers reaching for a berry
and the joy of the attached tastebuds being hit with a burst of flavor when eaten.
The final week of April will kick off with a full moon, known this month as the Pink Moon. It’s also a “supermoon”.
The moon will officially become full at 11:32 p.m. ET Monday, April 26, but will look plenty full when it rises above the eastern horizon Monday evening. The moon will be its usual golden color near the horizon and look white as it moves overhead.
So why is it called the pink moon?
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, April’s full moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain pink wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata – commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox – which also went by the name ‘moss pink’.
dievca is trying to figure out if she should to replant her hydroponic Mason Jar Garden or just go with this Window Herb Kit. Maybe both….the trick is that her large windows generate a lot of heat. Are you starting to plant a garden?
This spring flowering bulb was first brought to Europe from its native Middle East in the 1500s. It was mostly grown for the fall blooming species used for making an expensive cooking spice. However, most gardeners know it for the early blooming varieties that herald spring. It’s the crocus.
This iris family corm (a rounded underground storage organ present in plants such as crocuses, gladioli, and cyclamens, consisting of a swollen stem base covered with scale leaves) produces tube-shaped flowers in abundance in colors such as mauve, lavender, white, and yellow.
Crocus chrysanthus varieties bloom early, often while there’s still snow on the ground.
Crocus are fall planted, like daffodils and tulips. Even with winter hanging on through March, look to see the crocus blooming in warm spots or protected areas.
A crocus is often the first sign of Spring in NYC.
So maybe your back hurts
Sweat is dripping between your breasts
Insects are buzzing around your moist upper lip
Dirt is ground into your nails
High heels can irritate your back
Glitter lotion can cause your cleavage to shine
Lip plumper inflames your lips
Nail polish can hide messy nails
You would be in the same position body-wise and look a heck of a lot better, but….
you would be missing the natural glow gardening gives to a body and soul.
dievca’s hands are in the dirt!
Well, the Mason Jars work!
Master’s gift to dievca is a winner. she’s starting to use the herbs. The basil is amazing in a Caprese Salad. The plants are adding a touch of green to dievca’s apartment,
plus, they don’t take up much space.
Something of use for those with a
Photo: dievca - fire escape garden 09/2017
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Shakespeare gardens, created out of reverence for the bard, can be found throughout many locations in both the US and Britain. Of these gardens, one of the most famous is that found in Central Park, where it is located on the West Side of the park and 79th street.
What had formerly been known as the Garden of the Heart was, in 1916, renamed the Shakespeare Garden to mark the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Following in the tradition of already established Shakespeare Gardens, the Garden was filled with the beautiful plants and flowers mentioned in the works of the playwright, as well as those featured in his own private garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Garden covers four acres of plants that change according to season. Included among these are plants such as rosemary and pansies, alluded to by Ophelia in Hamlet, thistle, mentioned in the play Much Ado About Nothing, and even a white mulberry tree that is said to have grown from a graft of a tree planted by Shakespeare himself in 1602. To aid you in your quest to identify the various species of plant life located within the space, bronze plaques with corresponding quotations from Shakespeare’s plays have been placed sporadically along the path.
Photos from around the web, dievca would like the chance to take her own.
For the dievca who wants to be elegant (for her Sir/Master) all the time.
(even with dirt under her finger nails…)
Found in a shop, but can be bought online:
And if your Madam/Sir prefers a more masculine look:
Garden Glory, the story:
WHY SETTLE FOR
The idea came to me when we moved into our very first house on the Swedish west coast.
To see the house was to love it. Charming and inviting, it had a lovely patio and a stunning garden. A wonderful outdoor environment where we could see ourselves surrounded by the warmth of friends and family.
But then I spotted it – that dull green garden hose, with its orange connectors and rusty wall bracket that just screamed “Ugly! Ugly! Ugly!”. It pulled me from my daydream.
We decided to buy the house on one condition: the garden hose had to find a new home. My suggestion: in the garbage …
I set out to buy a new hose.
“So I decided to do it myself.”
I searched everywhere for a finer one – with a white tube, perhaps, which I thought would match the house perfectly.
And everywhere it was the same sad story: green, green, green and orange, and giant ugly wall mounts.
I almost gave up. But I just couldn’t let go of the idea of a white garden hose. I really wanted one. So I dug deeper and found – to my surprise – that stylish garden hoses simply didn’t exist. How could it be that no one made them?
Especially since, judging from the garden blogs and forums, there was a huge demand.
So I decided to do it myself.
I was now on a mission: to design luxurious alternative garden appliances. And Garden Glory was born.
Why settle for the ordinary?
LINDA BRATTLÖF, MISS GARDEN GLORY