Category Archives: Photos

How to eat blueberries . . .

The answer is one at a time: That’s right.  No bowls.  No spoons.  No popping two in your mouth at once to save time (this is slow food, after all, and who wouldn’t want to extend the exquisite pleasure of … Continue reading

Posted in Berries, Blueberries, Cooking and Eating, Photos, Soil | 3 Comments

Contrast

We all know what a powerful thing it is to take man out of the city and into nature.   When an urban hipster – adapted to the ecological and cultural niche of Chelsea or Greenpoint – spends a week in … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Non-edible Bulbs, Ornamental Plants, Peaches, Photos, Rhubarb, Seen From the Battery Rooftop Garden | 1 Comment

What zone is this?

One of the first things that gardeners learn is their plant hardiness zone, a helpful construct of the USDA based on the expected low winter temperature.   Plant and seed catalogs helpfully tell us the coldest zone in which a plant will … Continue reading

Posted in Alpines in the Secret Garden, Chard, Kale, Ornamental Plants, Photos, Secret Garden, Weather | 3 Comments

Purple Haze

No friends, not the Jimi Hendrix song, and not the potent variety of Cannabis sativa ssp. sativa.  We’re talking carrots here.  It is November 4, with one only one more day of daylight savings time remaining, a snow storm and … Continue reading

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Après le déluge

Plants on rooftop gardens are far more exposed to the elements than their ground-level cousins.   With Hurricane Irene heading directly for lower Manhattan, it was alarming to hear the experts explain that 75 mph winds at ground level translated to … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Failures, Malabar Spinach, Nectarines, Peaches, Photos, Roses, Structure, The Visionaire, Tomatoes, Weather | 4 Comments

Have a seat . . .

One of the unexpected pleasures of BRTG is the unusual experience of being seated in close proximity to plants.  In most ground-level gardens, we experience plants as part of an over-all composition, such as a border, or only momentarily, as we pass … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Non-edible Perennials, Ornamental Plants, Ornamental Shrubs, Parsley, Photos | 1 Comment

First Berries

June 6 — A happy day, on which the first berries were harvested from the Battery Rooftop Garden: I’m not sure whether these are Fragaria “Sparkle,” “Allstar,” or “Seascape,” but in any case, eaten directly from the vine, they were … Continue reading

Posted in Berries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Photos, Strawberries | 2 Comments