Thursday, March 30, 2017

What a DIFFERENCE a week makes!


The image atop this entry is from the Facebook Page for Gowanus Nursery in Brooklyn. It is one of the places where I have gotten some of the flora that grows in my urban garden, which is something I mentioned in a post that I published here on Blogger on March 22nd, 2017.

My visiting American robin is honored to learn that his bird type is the one whose been chosen to be part of their announcement. And, I'm honored that an American robin still visits me,




and even did so during snowy times,


as evidenced in a number of my entries here on Blogger.

In any event in the aforementioned entry re Gowanus Nursery, I discuss the fact that they had to delay their opening on two occasions because of wintery conditions; and I also stated that I had to postpone my garden de-winterizing two times for  the same reason.

In that entry I included a few pictures evidencing the winter-spring atmosphere that was in my place at that time, and I marked them with arrows and numbers to indicate certain aspecs of my garden. I'm including some of them again today (un-marked by the arrows I used in the aforementioned post),





to illustrate the difference in my garden from last week to this week.

On this past Monday, I unwrapped all of my containers (which had been sealed with bubble-wrap as well as burlap for the winter). And, yesterday, Juan V came by to work his magic with flora pruning and plant placement; the results can be seen in the next pictures; which were taken by him.




The differences in Juan's photos are very subtle, but they are there, as you well see if you look closely. His images are a good indication of how much change occurred in one week's time within my garden. In the next picture,


I've indicated some specifics with numbers. The number one is referencing my 'Tamukeyama' (AKA Japanese Maple, a tree that I featured in the following image,


just eleven days ago in my post on Blogger (March 19th 2017). As you can see, my 'Tamukeyama' survived the winter, although its container has beginning to split in spite of the protection I gave it; and I will have to provide a replacement if I want the tree to thrive!

Meanwhile, to my 'Tamukeyama's' left, indicated by the number two, is a bowl housing my Wild Blue Tulips. The following picture is a closeup of how this tulip type currently looks.


The Wild Blue Tulips were also featured in the aforementioned post, where I included the following image of them,


covered in frozen snow.

In any case, to the left of the Wild Blues, in Juan's image, I have my bowl of Green Spirit Tulips. Close-up images of this tulip variety can be seen in the next two pictures.



And like my Japanese Maple and my Wild Blue Tulips, they were also featured in the aforementioned post, where I included the following image of them,


covered in frozen snow.

The following photograph may give you a better sense of the placement of my 'Tamukeyama,' as well as my Wild Blue and Green Spirit tulips (they are at the back of the photo in the center) and,


like Juan's first image, the arrow, I've added references the location of my Canadian Palm Tree, which is a "flora-type," that I've discussed in a several entries here on Blogger. As for the numbers I've added to his image, the number one indicates a container where one of my crocus's varieties is growing.


The name of the variety I am referring to is Crocus Vernus. 

To the right of theses crocus flowers, and towards the upper lefthand corner of the picture, you can see a portion of my  Ophipogon planiscapus (Black Mondo Grass), making a comeback from the winter season. Both of these flora types were also included (using the following images),



in the March 19th blog post I've been referencing. But getting back to my discussion re Juan's image where I've added numbers: Two is referencing a couple more of my tulip varieties whose names are Caribbean Parrot and Victoria's Secret; as seen in the following photo.


Their foliage looks healthy in spite of the fact that both of them were subjected to March's recent snowfall as seen in the next pictures;



and, hopefully they will flower!

In any event, number three is referencing my Fritillaria Michailovskyi, pictured here in the same snowy circumstances,


it seems to have endured the snow and now looks like this;


and I truly hope it blooms! The Fritillaria Michailovskyi is a species of flowering plant in the lily family. The plant produces truly sweet-looking flowers, as evidenced in the photograph posted below, 


which was taken in my garden a number of years ago.

Moving along to number four, this refers to an identical twin of my Victoria's Secret Tulip (discussed with the number two reference). And number five is referring to my Parrot Blumex Tulips.


They were so under the snow that even their tags were covered; but hopefully they'll produce flowers anyway! 

And with that dear reader, I'll conclude this posting by leaving you with a few more of Juan's aerial photos in the event you'd still like to explore my garden!






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