Bob’s Garden May 2018

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!

Bob’s Garden Spring 2017

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, Summer 2016

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.

 

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Summer’s End in Bob’s Garden

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!  

Here are some pictures. 
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For prior posts on Bob’s garden, press here.

Going Bananas in South Philadelphia

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.

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The flowers in Bob’s garden are winding down the show.

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Not as colorful as it was last July?

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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!

The Secret Life Of Flowers

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.

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Bob’s Garden in the Summer of 2013

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.

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   Bob has added a couple of  succulent and cactus gardens to the  mix this year.

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As soon as one variety of flower dies off another one springs up to replace it.  The garden is forever changing.

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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.

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Please say a prayer for our missing friend and enjoy the pictures.

Bob’s Garden in May

No words this week, just some pictures from my neighbor Bob’s ever changing urban garden.