If the winter seems like it goes on forever and your garden looks sad and barren maybe its time to add some color. While there are different evergreens than can add blues and yellows to the garden, you might be wondering if there is anything that flowers in the winter. The answer is yes and the plant I want to recommend is Erica aka Heath (don't confuse this with Heather aka Calluna vulgaris which is a great plant in its own right, and looks very similar but blooms in the summer). Erica is a small evergreen that is fairly easy to grow, winter hardy, can handle poor soil and just wants some sunshine and decent drainage. They will bloom profusely in different shades of pink, purple or white during the winter depending on which specific variety you use. They should be easy to find at your local nursery and will add some much needed color and life to our sparse winter gardens.
It's been an amazing summer of gardening full of delicious fresh fruits and veggies, some sweet, some spicy, some giant, some comical. Gardening with my young kids in particular has been so rewarding. They love getting dirty and they love to eat stuff they just picked off a vine or pulled out of the ground. If you have good rich soil (something you can create if you don't have it to start off with), the right amount of water (easily done with a drip irrigation system) and as much sunlight as you can get (pick the right spot in your yard, it will have a huge impact on the success of your garden) you will be shocked by what even a beginner gardener can grow. Here are some pics from the last 6 weeks.
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I bring this up because a couple days ago as I worked on the 19th floor terrace of one of my residential clients in Manhattan I experienced how even just a very small greenspace can be enough to provide a habitat for wildlife. As I was moving some outdoor furniture around, I was startled by a bird rocketing out of an umbrella pine just in front of my face. It was a Mourning Dove and at first seemed as stunned as I was if not injured. It gathered its wits and flew off the terrace, I assume to grab a slice at Rays. I wondered if there was a nest in th...
Just wanted to post a link to an article in the NY Times about all the many things we need to do to keep our homes and landscapes in tip top shape after a long winter. Depending on where you live some of the info may not apply but there is something in here for all of us.
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In this day and age it seems everyone has a blog. We are jumping into the fray and hope to provide content that is both interesting and informative. In general, posts will be related to landscape issues in some way but I reserve the right to include some fun randomness. Happy reading and always feel free to get in touch.
We at ULC are very excited that Spring is here (even if it keeps snowing). Happy planting, can't wait to harvest these again in a few months!