Archive for the ‘Spring 2010’ Category

Reminder: Brooklyn Botantic Garden Plant Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow

I’m looking forward to the plant sale preview. I’m hoping to race there after work tomorrow night. Maybe I’ll see you there?

I’ve never been before so I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m hoping to find: lantana for a hanging basket, some succulents, Thai and bush basil.

Visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s site for all details about the 2010 plant sale.

Urban Farming From New York City to London

There’s an urban farming trend alert in the T Style magazine this weekend (click View Full Magazine, jump to page 19). I like this photo, but learned more from a similarly themed urban roof gardening piece in the Financial Times. The FT piece also introduced me to the excellent London Terrace Garden blog.

Two Places To Buy Pots and Containers

We’re looking for a few new containers to spice up our collection. I love the selection at Jayson Home and Garden in Chicago. Take a look. I’ve visited Jayson Home and Garden twice on trips to Chicago and pushed mail order from them as well. I highly recommend them.

A friend from Apartment Therapy also suggested that I check out Pottery Manufacturing, though they may be more of a trade resource?

Do you have a favorite place to buy your pots in Brooklyn, NYC and beyond? Please comment and share your resources!

Image: Jayson Home and Garden

Windowbox Full of Springtime Symmetry

This Morton Street window box stopped me in my tracks last night.

Check out a couple more West Village spring window boxes here.

A Moss Model of the Brooklyn Bridge

Anthropologie decorated their new Chelsea Market store with moss representations of New York City icons, including the Brooklyn Bridge. Love it, but can’t help dreaming about a version created with live plants and succulents rather than train set green dried moss.

A Bathtub Container Garden

Here’s an old bathtub turned container garden from a brownstone stoop just down the street from my apartment. It seems to be planted with armeria maritima — one of my favorite plants in our roof garden — in the front, along with some pale pink pansys.

Adding three shrubs to our roof garden

We went to Chelsea Garden Center in Red Hook, Brooklyn this afternoon. Our mission was to pick out two or three small trees. R* wanted the shrubs to give our little roof garden height and definition, plus a sense of seperation.

$170 plus cabs later, we ended up with two Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Emerald’) grown by East Coast Nurseries and a holly (Ilex meserveae ‘Blue Maid’). We had great help at Chelsea Garden Center. We picked these small trees because they can handle full sun and are somewhat drought tolerant once established. Also, I found a drought tolerant Heuchera called Dolce Blackcurrant at Chelsea and I couldn’t help adding two pots to our order.

I loved this holly, but it was over a hundred bucks. We set our sights on a less posh plant. Since we weren’t sure how these plants would do on our particular roof — even with the assurance of the gardener working with us — we weren’t ready to invest in any one tree.

Earlier this morning, we’d picked up red geraniums, mini white petunias, fiber optic grass and marigolds at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.

A Candle To Keep The Bugs Away . . . Naturally


The bug candle we used on our roof garden last summer stinks. Light it up and it throws off a totally overpowering citronella smell. We’re ready for something different and just might try this candle ($56) from Hillhouse Naturals. They promise it will keep the mosquitoes away naturally, with either Eucalyptus, Mint Leaf and Lemongrass; or Wild Mint, Juniper and Tea Tree scents. And when the candle is finished, the concrete planter would be great for a succulent garden.

Image: Hillhouse Naturals

Use CB2’s maze to create a simple green wall

We love the cover of the new CB2 catalog. Since when are guys shown gardening on the cover of a national catalog? Isn’t it cool how they use this metal maze wall hanging thing as a way to create a simple green wall effect, using air plants and succulents. We like the CB2 Julep rocker in this photo too.

There’s a step by guide on how to make this green wall on the CB2 site.

Images: CB2

How To Make a Green Wall Using Succulents

We’re considering adding a green wall to the blank backwall of our roof garden. We found these step-by-step succulent wall instructions over at Sunset Magazine’s excellent gardening section.

The article also links to the amazing Succulent Gardens. What an inspiring store! Now the trick will be to translate all of this sunny California gardening advice for our Brooklyn roof garden.

Image: Sunset Magazine