The Summit Street Community Garden is having its annual spring tag and bake sale fundraiser. Stop by to peruse items for sale, including seasonal clothing, jewelry, music, books, children’s clothing and toys, household items and accessories and more! We’ll also have a variety of baked goods and iced tea. All proceeds go toward supplies, maintenance and plants to beautify the garden.
On Friday, the weather was so perfect it felt like a crime to be inside (especially since I am not returning to work post-surgery until Monday), so I started on the summer-long path weeding project and continued with that on Saturday morning. Many people enjoying the weather stopped by and several asked a few questions. If you are a new visitor to the garden, please feel free to ask questions of the garden member present, such as: Are dogs welcome? (Yes, if they are on a leash!) Also feel free to check out our FAQ section.
One of the most commonly asked questions is: How can I become a member? The answer is: Simply attend a garden meeting for an orientation! Once you accept the invitation to the Google group, you can sign up for garden hours. For more details of membership, including how to sign up for a garden plot, please visit our membership FAQ.
Garden meetings are at 11 am, followed by workdays. Meetings are scheduled for the following days: Saturday, May 13
Sunday, June 11
Saturday, July 8
Saturday, September 9
Sunday, October 15
On Sunday, August 13, there will be a workday with no meeting.
The garden has two tag and bake sale fundraisers slated for 2017. On Saturday, May 20, the first tag and bake sale will take place from 10 am–3 pm. The second fundraiser will happen on Saturday, September 16, 10 am–3 pm.
Please visit the community garden, open to all when the gate is open. We look forward to seeing you this season!
An overcast day like today is perfect for enjoying the brilliant spring blooms in the community garden. (I am recovering from surgery so I took my doctor-ordered walk down to the garden to take some photos to capture the spring flowers.) Make sure you smell the lilacs while they are still in bloom. Even the boxwood planter by the garden patio is sporting a festive grape hyacinth.
Various types of daffodils are in bloom in the borders.
The curled petals of these red and white tulips are particularly striking. Also note that the allium around the garden are coming up.
Even as the later spring flowers start to bud, visitors can still see some of the early spring flowers, such as the hellebores.
Take time to look for some of the wild violets in bloom around the garden.
I was pleasantly surprised by some new blooms in my plot.
More Ivory Floradale Hybrid Tulips and pink and white pastel tulips came up. The pink and white tulips look like they would taste like strawberries and cream. I regularly resist the urge to eat them.
There are also more red tulips with yellow edges.
These Greenland tulips were a nice surprise. I think they are left over bulbs from a previous spring.
A peach tulip in my plot is also likely a bulb from a previous spring.
Daffodils are blooming among the Princess Irene tulips, which are deep red with purple flames. I think these are Prosecco daffodils, though the pink-hued Katie Heath daffodils also should be showing up soon.
The Pipit daffodils with bright yellow edges and white centers also are in bloom.
Lilies of the valley, sent by my mom from her garden, are about to flower.
Hosta shoots are emerging. I had dismissed hostas as kind of boring plants, but now that I have the shady side of the box to care for, I’ve embraced the shade-loving plants. (I know there are plenty of hosta enthusiasts out there; I think my attitude stems from growing up with a shady yard and always having an abundance of hostas.) As some flowers prepare to finish for the season, some summer plants are just emerging.
In just a few short weeks, the community garden has transitioned from the first buds and tentative blossoms of spring to full-on splendor. Tulips and daffodils in personal plots are coming up.
The crabapple trees are full of blossoms.
Along the borders, enjoy the groupings of tulips, such as these pink and white beauties.
You’ll also find these dramatic red and yellow tulips.
You’ll also find daffodils, mini daffodils and grape hyacinths, as well as lamium.
The lilac by the birch tree is in bloom, so be sure to inhale deeply when you’re in that corner. (It’s not often you can take a big breath in NYC and confidently expect a pleasant smell, so take advantage now.)
Here’s a white hyacinth.
The borders also feature thoughtful groupings of flowers, such as this study in purple.
Conversely, I try to have a plan every year, but my plot just ends up a riot of color. It looks lovely in person and is eye-catching when passing by, but this snap I took on a rainy day on my way to the bus doesn’t do it justice. Right now, there are mainly tulips and daffodils. There’s also some lamium (dead nettle) that needs some editing; the bumblebees love these flowers and they’re pretty, but they are weedy. I was worried my hostas weren’t coming up from last year, but I discovered the shoots among the dead nettle. My floxgloves also have returned, and a hollyhock showed up.
I took the photo below early in the month, when I’d resigned myself to having only one tulip bloom at a time this year.
As always, I completely forgot what I planted. According to my bulb order from the fall, I ordered some Ivory Floradale Hybrid Tulips. These look about right.
The plants below are from a pastel mix I ordered in late November, when I realized I hadn’t ordered any bulbs. At least I think they are. I was pleasantly surprised by their varied colors.
I don’t know what this yellow tulip below with the red edges and lone red petal was, but in addition to the strawberry Creamsicle of a tulip above, it might be among my favorites this year so far. It arrived early and by itself—there were no others like it.
These pretty red tulips may have been my special free gift tulips from the bulb catalog.
Princess Irene tulips arrived with my bulb order since my Ollioule mix was out of stock, and it looks as if these flowers may be them!
We’ll be blogging more about the garden blooms as we head into May. If you have any photos you would like to send to the blog, please contact us.
Garden Members: As you’re spring cleaning, remember that the Summit Street Community Garden Tag & Bake Sale is Saturday, May 20—just a month away! If you can hang on to your items until then, please consider donating them to the tag sale. Sale items can include seasonal clothing, home appliances and kitchen items, jewelry, knickknacks, kids’ items, and big-ticket items like bicycles or small pieces of furniture. Also feel free to bring media like records, CDs, and even cassette tapes (which are making a comeback, apparently). Bring the items to the garden starting at around 9 am. If you’d like to pick up your items that didn’t sell, stop back at around 3 pm, when we start packing up. Items that do not sell we typically take to a charity donation center. We’re looking forward to the first fundraiser of 2017!
Spring is finally here, though the weather was more spring-like this winter. Some of the early-rising bulbs were covered by the recent snow. On the first day of spring, a lone daffodil in my plot cheerily defied the snow, and now that some of the snow has melted, some crocuses also can be seen.
The first meeting of 2017 will occur on Sunday, April 2 at 11 am. Gardener Claire says that it’s a good idea to “bring ideas for projects for the coming gardening year, think about what communal garden tasks you can commit to, start to pencil in your garden-sitting hours and bring snacks to share.” Garden members will receive a link to the garden tasks to look through before the meeting.
Interested in becoming a member? Attend the garden meeting!
It was just a few weeks ago when the crocuses and snowdrops were blooming—a welcome sight that also made us think, “Too soon!” Here’s a friendly reminder from the NYC Parks GreenThumb Brooklyn Outreach Coordinator.
Hope you’re staying safe and warm with the snow storm.
I wanted to send out a quick reminder that gardeners are responsible for ensuring that any snow/ice on the sidewalks adjacent to the garden is cleared. Please see the information here for more details.
As it is still snowing, you have until 11 am tomorrow (Thursday, March 15) to clear the snow on sidewalks in front of your gardens.”
In late February, we noticed an unexpected sight in the garden—crocuses! The heralds of spring, snowdrops and crocuses, had already bloomed. A few weeks later, I noticed a daffodil in bloom, and the tulips were coming along. Hopefully this week’s snowfall didn’t damage the spring blooms too much.
The next garden meeting and workday is this Sunday, October 16, at 11 am. It is the very last garden meeting of the season already! Anyone interested in becoming a new member of the garden can attend this meeting.