Brooklyn Botantical Garden

We happened to visit Brooklyn Botanical Gardens during a free period. I would have gladly paid for this amazing garden. A great couple of hours were spent wandering around and viewing all the garden has to see.

Butterfly watching

Great plant name.

I don’t even understand….

Ouch….

This interesting tree fort was built from the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.

We have many of these in Florida too!

Huge ass pine tree

I like the memorial rocks.

Daniel-son trim the tree.

Sensory Garden

These are fun leaves. Very hairy.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden is now on my must return list. There was more we missed and it would be great to check it out during a different season. All hail nature!

First Official Harvest

Harvest Day
This week I had my first official harvest. What I mean is this is the first piece of food that I have grown from seed that I will be able to eat. We have picked cherry tomatoes before, but those don’t count since they came from a plant we purchased.
The harvest this week is a yellow squash accompanied by some thai basil. I picked the squash at 5 inches, I probably should have let it grow to 6 but I wanted to get it before a bug tried to ruin it.

Butterfly Garden
The second part of the butterfly garden is done. I have been diligently nursing the new flowers to make sure the summer heat doesn’t cook them before they become established. A few rains lately have seemed to stabilize them. Hey Butterflies, have you noticed the vacancy sign?!? Move in specials!!!

Coming soon to a future harvest:

Juliet and Cherry tomatoes
Beans
Okra

Butterfly Garden

After two days of plant shopping and manual labor, we completed the left side of our new butterfly garden. A special thanks to Palmer’s Garden and Goods who put up with our many questions and gave us great advice on what to plant. We ended up choosing a backdrop of Firebush for a hedge-like look that still provides nectar. The front consists of Porterweed, Salvia, and Pentas.

Here is the before picture of the left front of the house.

One of the pictures of planning how the garden was going to lay out.

Side view of the finished product.

Front view of finished garden.

I chose the Porterweed for my garden because it is used as a larval plant for butterflies. I figured it would be a better way to get butterflies if I keep a host plant in the garden for them. I chose this particular one because it already has a cocoon hanging on its limbs.