Posts Tagged ‘greenmarket’

Co-planting Roses with Lavender, Sage, and Thyme

lavenderI had a meeting near Union Square this afternoon and stopped at the Greenmarket on my way back to the office. I can’t help myself — I bought more plants for the roof.

I bought two “True English” lavender plants plus purple sage, purple basil, German thyme, oregano and a variegated sage from The Blew Family’s farm stand. This article on companion plants for roses was my guide.

All these herbs will be co-planted (a phrase I just learned) with the English heirloom roses I bought R* for his birthday: a lilac-pink Yesterday and the explosively apricot Cottage Garden . I like puzzling over the combination of each pot — coordinating color, fragrance, height, light plus water and soil requirements.

One Plant at a Time

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Plant by plant, our garden keeps growing. R* and I picked out this hanging basket at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket on Saturday. Here’s R* walking it home.

We’d planned to hang it on an pipe that punches through the corner of our garden space, but quickly learned it is too windy and hot there. We hung it on the poll a few hours on Saturday and it wilted. A quick spray with the neighbor’s hose (shhh!) and it was good as new again, but we’re keeping it out of the direct sun for a while. This is the only mega-flowery plan we have. We need the color and don’t want to kill it!