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.

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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