Mushroom Delight

These logs are inoculated with Shitake Mushroom spores.  It took two years for it to start fruiting, but now, in it's fourth year, it's fourth summer, it's ready to explode with more mushrooms than ever.   Each mushroom is at least 5 inches in diameter, some larger.  Admittedly it's a strange sight - inoculated logs, but the flavor of mushrooms picked and sauteed in a pan five minutes later is absolutely delish!  I'll post photos of the mushrooms in the next few days ...

5 days later!

5 days later!


Summertime Harvests

There is a simple earthy pleasure to reaping your garden's bounty in the summer.  It's nice to see tomatoes get red, the smell of fresh basil leaves always makes me hungry, and seeing cucumbers and zucchini hanging off the vine is always a pleasant surprise.  

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden

American Boxwood Society Symposium

Ty consults with John W. Boyd III, the president of the American Boxwood Society as they watch Boxwood Leafminers fly around a group of boxwoods in Gail Gee's beautiful garden.

Ty consults with John W. Boyd III, the president of the American Boxwood Society as they watch Boxwood Leafminers fly around a group of boxwoods in Gail Gee's beautiful garden.

We attended the 54th Annual Symposium held by the American Boxwood Society in May.  If you are a boxwood geek - like we are, it was a perfect mix of interesting, educational and enjoyable!   Here is a photo of Ty Tan and John W. Boyd III, the president of the American Boxwood Society.  They are observing adult Boxwood Leafminers that infested this section of boxwoods in Gail Gee's beautiful garden.  Learning how to protect boxwood against Boxwood leafminer (Diptera) and the daunting fungal pathogen called Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium buxicola) is essential to maintaining the boxwood we install.

ROSELLA'S FERN GROVE IN THE EAST VILLAGE

Rosella's interior design is clean with bare textures and a lush green wall made up of ferns.

Rosella's interior design is clean with bare textures and a lush green wall made up of ferns.

Rosella is a coffee shop that wanted to offer their clients something to enjoy whilst getting their morning cup of joe - a fuzzy, ferny, lush, tropical green wall.  A very unique and unexpected element for a coffee shop to add but it seems to have been adopted by the neighborhood.   People walk in all day and visit it, like a favorite neighborhood dog.  

Rosella's fern grove in the East Village is made up of Selaginella, Heart Ferns (Hemionitis arifolia), Silver Brake Ferns (Pteris cretica 'Mayi'), and Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus).

PEACHES IN THE BIG APPLE

Jean asked me to help save his plants.  He had purchased the property with a large rooftop terrace.  The previous owners were home everyday so there was no irrigation system other than hand watering.   There was a period of time without any occupancy - and it unfortunately occurred during a heatwave.  

There were two maple trees, two crepe myrtle shrubs, six hydrangeas, and a peach tree.  I could see that there were about a dozen peaches on this tree with dried burnt leaves.  My team set up irrigation, then gently fed the plants over a few weeks.  I could see the peaches get larger.  They looked beautiful!  

When I met with Jean to discuss the terrace, the peaches were ripe on the tree.  Jean graciously invited me to try one.  The peach was so juicy and sweet - it was the best I had all summer!  A delicious, fabulous fresh peach grown above the streets of 14th street in New York City!  Gotta love it!

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HUMMINGBIRDS AND MAMA BIRDS IN HARLEM ROOFTOPS

There is a certain kind of joy in having a rooftop garden.  I hear it from my clients.  Clients call me to share their happiness from their first summer blooms, or how grand their grasses looked during their fall parties. 

But Jacqui is Harlem's rooftop gardener princess.  She had a hummingbird visiting the bright pink flowers on her mandevilla vine she planted.  I always remind her of that so she keeps mandevillas on her annual plant list each year.  Then she sends me this awesome photo of three beautiful eggs in a little bird's nest she found in one of her Leyland Cypresses.  That summer she witnessed a mama bird raise her little babies till they all flew away.