Wednesday, March 11, 2009


The bulbs in our front garden are beginning to come up, as you can see from the unremarkable photo above. We have both daffodils, which are the smaller shoots, and tulips, the bigger ones.

In the winter, we cover our garden with pine cuttings, as you can see in the photo. We used to pay a gardening company about $600 to install a variety of greenery, but this year we just had our building super buy a deformed Christmas tree and cut off all its branches. It cost about $30! The pine lasts for months and gives us some greenery over the dreariest part of the winter. We’ll probably take it up within a week or two.

When we got our big snowfall last week, I was worried the snow would harm the bulbs. I always think those little shoots are far more fragile than they really are. Of course, they're made to endure snow, and it didn’t seem to faze them at all. They just kept on coming.

I should get out to Central Park this weekend and look for crocuses. I’ll feel robbed if I miss them!


  1. I never think of NYC and greenery but it's there.

    The pine cuttings look so cool! I look forward to images of the flowers when they bloom.

  2. It's great that you have your own (collective) garden. Those hibernating bulbs are so tenacious by Spring they would come up through just about anything. Very cool solution to winter mulching!

  3. Believe it or not, I used to keep crocus bulbs when I lived in my first appartment here in Jax. I had read somewhere that keeping flowers and bulbs was a good way to mellow a stressful mood. The flowers were great, but I still regularly wanted to punch someone in the side of the head.

  4. yes, these spring bulb plants are made to take a blizzard-- they're so tough. Seeing a Daffodil peep through the snow is like seeing a dainty bird footprint in the snow. it just makes you smile at the images mother nature gives--what an artist.

    Nyack has blooms all over alreadybecause of the micro climates here and there (stone walls and hillsides help, plus being on the river where it's milder) I notice tiny teeth marks on things, little guys testing to see if the plants are edible. Apparently not since they withstand that too and still bloom later. Tulips are another story --the deer just eat them.

  5. What a neat thing to have a collective gsrden space. The flowers will be great! I feel stirrings of Spring fever!

    I know your photos will be wonderful. Reya's too!

  6. Daffodils are out here in some parts of London, though the ones in my garden are still tightly budded. I love spring flowers.

  7. I see tulips in the garden centers around here, they must do okay, at least through Spring.