Posted in Boston Gardens, Flowers and Plants, Local Beauty, Places to Visit, Recommendations
Tagged Choosing Plants, City Garden Ideas, Favorite Garden Flowers, Helenium autumnale 'Moreheim Beauty', Hibiscus rosa-sinesis, Small space gardening, urban gardening
So sorry I’ve been MIA. Back now with much to share!
Let’s start with a lovely and tough city beauty – the Black-Eyed Susan.
For the past several weeks I’ve been noticing the abundance and health of this perky perennial in gardens all over the neighborhoood. With so many colorful flowers past their peak, these bright yellow and sometimes purple flowers with the dark centers are finally getting attention! I did a bit of research on these wildflower stunners and found out they are long-lived, low maintenance plants with a tolerance for clay soils. They prefer full sun but tolerate partial shade. When they are planted in large groups, butterflies love them. One article I read said they are considered bioremediators. It seems that their roots and foliage tie up toxins from the soil and air. What a great benefit for a city flower!
Now here’s the back story on Black Eyed Susan. According to the American Meadow website, the name first appears in an Old English romantic poem by John Gay. It begins:
All in the downs, the fleet was moored,
Banners waving in the wind.
When Black-Eyed Susan came aboard,
and eyed the burly men.
“Tell me ye sailors, tell me true
Does my Sweet William sail with you?”
To read the whole poem and more, click here.
You may have heard of Sweet William. It’s the name for another flowering plant. It appears that if you “seed wild Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) with common Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), they’ll bloom beautifully at exactly the same time.” Now that’s romantic! Great flower, great story.
Til next time… keep your garden watered!
Posted in Flowers and Plants, Local Beauty, Recommendations, Sunlight
Tagged black-eyed susan, Choosing Plants, City Garden Ideas, Favorite Garden Flowers, rudbeckias, Small space gardening, Sunlight, urban gardening
It’s official. I submitted my street-side tree garden into the City of Boston Garden Contest tonight. There’s still time for other Boston residents to enter. The deadline is Wed. July 18th at 5pm.
This summer has been a tough one for my garden. Today’s submission reflects my fourth planting since April. That’s well over my usual quota of planting through early July.
My current garden has lush, red, mandevillas, purple dahlias, bright purple and yellow petunias, pink impatiens and lots of English ivy.
My fingers are crossed that my garden earns a Finalist position. I’d love the judge to see the colors, textures and beauty that exists on a sidewalk in the middle of the city. Good luck to all the entrants!
Good news! The deadline for the City of Boston Garden Contest has been extended! Nomination forms with photos are now due by Wednesday, July 18th at 5pm.
I encourage every City of Boston gardener with a window box, container garden or flowering yard to enter to win that Golden Trowel. Just fill out an entry form online and submit as many as five (5) photos of your garden space.
Details about the contest and the nomination form are at: http://cityofboston.gov/parks/gardencontest/
Good luck to all!
Here’s something fun to do…
Cast your vote and help choose the most popular North American flowers of 2012!
This year there are six entries. Voting is open until August 31st and the top three vote-getters will be announced this fall. If you like what you see, all of these flowers should be available at your local garden center.
Angelonia angustfolia ‘Serena Blue’ Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’
by PanAmerican Seed by Ernst Benary of America
Gazania ‘Big Kiss™ White Flame’ Petchoa x hybrida ‘SuperCal Pink Ice’
by Syngenta Flowers by Sakata Ornamentals
Petunia ‘Surfinia® Deep Red’ Sunflower ‘Goldie’ F1
by Suntory Flowers by Seeds By Design
There are two ways to vote:
– Visit Massachusetts Horticultural Society (or 27 other public gardens across the United States) and see these beautiful flowers first hand. Then you can text your vote as instructed on the signs in the gardens or use the postage-paid postcards provided by the garden.
– Go to www.americangardenaward.com and click on the voting link.
My favorite is the showy Garzania “Big Kiss” White Flame Pink Ice. If you’d like to share your choice, that would be great!
I hope your gardens are growing and filled with beautiful, colorful flowers!
If you’re looking for more information about small space gardens, check out this article, “Urban Gardening Ideas for Small Spaces. ”
I was interviewed for the article and am quoted in it. The article appears in House Logic, the e-newsletter for the National Association of Realtors. The writer, Iyna Caruso, offers good advice for planting in small spaces. I particularly like her link to vertical gardening. I’m fascinated with growing flowers on the vertical plane – trellises and walls. Hope the article gives you another idea or two. Enjoy!
Let me introduce you to Tom Smarr.
He is a smart and seasoned horticulturalist who will offer great gardening advice and practical tips on Saturday, May 5th as part of the “Gardening Experts Speak! Tips for a Successful City Garden.”
For information or to register, go to http://citygardening.eventbrite.com.
Tom was the first expert to be featured at Citygardenideas.com. His interview can be found in the site’s Expert Advice tab.
Tom is a experienced professional with more than a decade of experience in horticulture, botanic gardens, conservation and sustainable landscaping. He currently works for The Garden Concierge, a residential landscape company in Boston.
Tom studied at several notable public gardens including:
– Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania
– The Holden Arboretum in Ohio, and
– Washington Park Arboretum/Center for Urban Horticulture in Washington.
He holds a graduate degree in Urban Horticulture from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Tom worked for several years as a professional horticulturalist and Horticulture Director at the New England Wild Flower Society’s native plant botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, famous for its extensive native plant collection. Tom then began the horticulture organic maintenance program for the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, a vibrant public park in downtown Boston on top of the famous Big Dig managed by the RFK Greenway Conservancy.
Tom is committed to the preservation of our cultural landscapes through sensible design, horticulture practices, and public education. He is dedicated to the principle that landscapes should not only be beautiful and functional, but should contribute to a healthy ecology.
Up next, information on Ellen Abdow, owner of Perennial Gardens. She’ll be presenting at the May 5th workshop too. She’ll create a gorgeous container garden right before our eyes and offer insights into the hottest trends in gardening.
To register for the May 5th event, go to http://citygardening.eventbrite.com.
Hope to see you on then!
Posted in City Garden Ideas Workshops, Classes, Expert Advice, Flowers and Plants, Lectures, Recommendations, Window Boxes, Workshops and Seminars
Tagged City gardening, Expert, Expert Advice, Favorite Garden Flowers, Gardening Workshop, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Small space gardening, The Garden Concierge, Tom Smarr, urban gardening
Come get great advice and a dose of inspiration to make this year’s flower garden your best yet!
Join us Saturday, May 5th from 10am to noon for a lively, information-rich workshop called “Gardening Experts Speak! Tips for a Successful City Garden.”
This second annual City Garden Ideas event will be held in the auditorium of First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, at the corner of Berkeley and Marlborough.
Our featured speakers are talented, professional horticulturalists: Ellen Abdow, owner of Perennial Gardens, and Tom Smarr, The Garden Concierge and former Superintendent of Horticulture at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. What can you expect? Plenty!
Ellen will create a beautiful container garden right before your eyes. She’ll share gardening wisdom and offer insights into the hottest trends. Tom will offer up gardening basics on tools, soil, sun and choosing plants that thrive in every season. He’ll also talk about vertical gardening. That’s when blooms go up and up.
Register at http://citygardening.eventbrite.com. The cost is just $25! There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, loads of handouts and door prizes! This event is not to be missed!
If you have questions, call 617-267-6500 or email me at email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
Posted in City Garden Ideas Workshops, Classes, Expert Advice, Flowers and Plants, Lectures, Recommendations, Uncategorized, Window Boxes, Workshops and Seminars
Tagged City Garden Ideas, container gardens, Ellen Abdow, Expert, Expert Advice, Favorite Garden Flowers, Gardening Basics, Gardening Workshop, Perennial Gardens, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Small space gardening, The Garden Concierge, Tom Smarr, Window Boxes