Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Brooklyn Apartment Window Box


Happy Monday! We walk past these window boxes every morning on the way to work and wanted to share them this morning.

These Brooklyn window boxes hold piles of petunias, a bleeding heart bush, and some pansies peaking out too. We’re inspired by how big these window boxes are and by how much dimension they have.


These window boxes prove that there’s always space to grow something. Check out more of my window box posts here. If you don’t have a back yard, how about a roof, a stoop, a tiny tree pit, or a window sill like this one.

How Can We Make This Pole Look Better?


Our roof garden sits in the center of our roof. Our chairs stare out directly at this rusty exhaust pole. We hung a lantana there and strung up solar lights, but we want to do more. We need your help . . .  what else can we do to make this pipe look better?

We aren’t able to paint the pole or sit pots at the base.  Any solution needs to hang from the pole. This is a windy, full sun spot, so the plants need to be tough.

Do you have some suggestions?

Our Roof Garden Rose is Blooming


I gave two heirloom rose bushes to R* for his birthday — Yesterday and Cottage Garden from The heirloom roses are small when they arrive. We chose these roses bushes because  “own root” plants don’t get transplant shock and are more able to adjust to the rooftop conditions.

The roses have only been in their containers for a month and one already has a single bloom.

To allow for growth, we planted the tiny rose bushes in 16″ pots and co-planted the roses with herbs.  We picked sea-side varieties that should be adjusted to the windy conditions.

We didn’t plan the color scheme, but the orange-y rose sure looks great with the verigated sage and dark purple basil. As the roses grow, we trim back the herbs.

Slightly Strawberry Looks Simply Sickly


We planted our pink and green container last week. While the white verbena is flourishing, the two Anisodontea Slightly Strawberry plants look sick. Leaves are curling and turning yellow. Any advice?

Best Roof Garden Plants: Armeria maritima ‘Duesseldorf Pride’

Armeria maritima

We have an Ameria maritima ‘Duesseldorf Pride’ growing in a small container up on our roof garden. It looks like a mound of grass. The green is nice, but quiet. Easy to miss when it isn’t flowering.

But . . . look at that same grassy mound a few days … and there’s stems with bright pink flowers boing-ing around like antlers. We were just up on the roof watering and found two new flowers. We swear those weren’t there on Friday. We been researching more about this plant tonight, and we read that the game may be over — it stops blooming in late June to early July, so it sounds like the show may be over for this year.

We bought our Armeria maritima, also called “sea pinks”, at Liberty Sunset Nursery, Red Hook, Brooklyn. The guy working there said the plant would work well since it can tolerate the wind and pollution on an urban roof garden.

Next year, we need to grow something in the middle of the table. I think we should transplant the Armeria maritima to an umbrella planter. It seems like if we sat around our patio table long enough we could just about watch the flowers pop up.


I found out sea pinks are also grown on the roof garden at the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library.

Images: SD State, HydrotechUSA

M and P’s Jersey City Roof Garden with Tomatoes and Koi


Take a look around the Jersey City roof garden M & P share with their dog Caruso. There’s a couple of firsts here: we’ve never seen roof garden tomato plants this huge . . . and we’ve never seen a rooftop water garden before.


M’s morning glory vines are climbing a rope trellis he made. See how the vines will cover the rust stains dripping down the roof!


“The tomatoes got HUGE then waterlogged but i think they were saved. The watermelons are doing well too,” says M. They covered up their tomato plants with garbage bags to protect them from these record breaking June rains.




M and P, thanks for these amazing roof garden photos.

Ready for even more roof garden photos? Check out the Wonder on Willow Street in Brooklyn. And for more roof gardening pets, click over to Nico the cat.

Images: M in Jersey City

Blackbook’s Brownstone Brooklyn Stoop Garden


No roof access? No excuses. Why not plant a garden on your stoop … or windowsill … or the tree well in front of your building. Scrounge up some space this summer.

But before you get started, check Blackbook for sage urban gardening advice. #10 is the best: Spend the extra couple of bucks on quality potting soil, it’s worth it.

They’re right. We’ll confess: R* and I potted some plants in soil from the dollar store. It made a muddy mess and taught us a lesson. Now we cab back to Brooklyn with huge bags of $$$ soil from Home Depot. If you pay plenty for plants, spring for the extra money for quality potting soil and treat yourself to a cab ride home.

We home Blackbook publishes a follow-up post with more pictures later on in the summer.

Image: Blackbook