It’s been a long month this week. Lots of stuff going on-I was thinking that not all of it is good, but who am I to say what’s good or not? Only time and perspective can make sense of some things. Maybe. In the meantime, all you can do is tend your own garden. And if you are lucky like me, you live next door to someone like my neighbor Bob who tends a lovely garden and shares it with the neighborhood. Here are some pictures.
The crocuses are peeping up in Bob’s garden. What more proof could we need?
It happened while I was at Clayathon. Dark chilly days and then POW! I was sneezing and blowing my nose. The allergy fairy took hold of me and fairly rattled my teeth, even though I usually don’t suffer from Hay Fever, the pollen levels were off the charts!
Spring has come to Philadelphia and to my neighbor Bob’s sidewalk garden
Flowers are popping out all over my part of Philadelphia. The tree blossoms are only blooming for a few days before they fall from the tree limbs and collect on the sidewalk. until then, every walk is glorious Spring.
The bigs news is that Bob built a new Koi pond this year. The other big news is that Turtle has a brand new perch and a big pot of water hyacinth to munch on. He seems happy and does not appear to be eating the new guppies that Bob has added to the pond.
Bob has added new plants, but think he is still deciding on the final design of the garden. He also has a little collection of plants that people are free to take if they want. While I’m sure Boris would like a plant to chew on, I think I will pass on the offer.
Here are some pictures.
Enjoy the Koi pond!
They say that everybody always complains about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it. If you are at all into gardening, this Spring’s crazy weather has made things a challenge: Flowers opening early and freezing; buds opening up icing over and and falling off; rain and chilly weather that has made May seem more like Fall than Spring.
So Bob has faced challenges in the garden this spring and it’s not as full and lush as it usually is at this time of year. Even so, there are four turtles in the Koi pond and sometimes they sit in the sun stacked up on one another. Turtles really do that. I don’t have any pictures because they are camera shy, but you can see many examples here. And the turtles come out on the so far rare sunny days to bask in the sun and enjoy the flowers.
Bob’s Garden has really taken off this year! Three new turtles are swimming in the pond and a new banana tree has taken root in one of the wooden barrels sitting out on the south Philly sidewalk. The cacti have come back to life and are are throwing off scores of yellow blossoms. The water lilies are doing swimingly (pun intended) and Barbra the Macaw is keeping a watchful eye over it all. Here are some pictures.
Bob’s urban oasis is still going strong into September. A new turtle has taken up residence in the above-ground koi pond along with two smaller deputy turtles who paddle around furiously. Bob has put a few catfish in the bottom of the pond to keep it clean. The dahlias and gardenias have stopped blooming but the banana tree has started to sprout little babies.
The water lilies have always been my favorite of the flowers but I am partial to the papyrus that grows in the pond. It looks so elegant!
For prior posts on Bob’s garden, press here.
I wrote about my neighbor Bob’s urban garden last summer when the growing season was at its height and the plants were multiplying like crazy. Now, however, it is autumn and the frost is almost on the pumpkin metaphorically speaking.
The flowers in Bob’s garden are winding down the show.
Not as colorful as it was last July?
And yet, there are bananas growing on a tree outside my South Philadelphia home. Who would have imagined such a thing? And in late October!
I love to walk around my neighborhood with my camera and I spent some time this weekend taking pictures. Flowers were blooming in beds, patches, window boxes and containers. The tulips were dying off and the irises were coming out. As I happily snapped my way around my bit of South Philadelphia, I started concentrating on flowers that were still in the bud stage, those emerging from the bud stage, the insides of flowers in bloom and the ones that were on the decline. It felt a little like I was peeking into their undies or seeing them without their makeup or their hair combed. I felt a bit like an intruder. Here are some pictures you will never see in the National Enquirer.
Bob has so much going on in the garden this year I don’t know what to tell you about first. There are four happy Slider turtles swimming around and some chubby Koi fish and lots of energetic minnows.
Bob has added a couple of succulent and cactus gardens to the mix this year.
As soon as one variety of flower dies off another one springs up to replace it. The garden is forever changing.
The turtle that we thought was blind is gone. No, he didn’t die; some cretin from the shallow end of the gene pool decided to take him one day (probably as a pet for his little kid who was with him at the time. How’s that for a shining example of character?) A neighbor witnessed the turtle heist from her window but was not able to prevent it.
Please say a prayer for our missing friend and enjoy the pictures.