(...or should that be the greenest blog?) As in The Greenest Block in Brooklyn. Competition. Sponsored by GreenBridge at the BBG.
Today I was one of four judges for a semi-final round of this Borough-wide competition, now in its fifteenth year, and we visited a couple of historically good performers as well as some other blocks competing for the honours. I mayn't tell you where we went, but the winners will be announced on August 5th. Fellow judges were BBG Director of Communications Leeann Lavin, writer Stephen Orr, who is working on a book about sustainable and forward-looking gardens in America that also manage to seduce, aesthetically; and Allison Mezzafonte, from AOL Living and Home, who is training for the New York marathon in her spare time. Phew. At least one can blog sitting down.
I caught glimpes of Brooklyns I hardly know, and met some lovely people; spoke to the Russians again, and got wet feet in today's nice rain. Saw a lot of echinacea, rudbeckia and a surprising number of gladioli. A pink pelican or two, some plastic deer, many begonias, some flags, green tomatoes, okra, amaranth, red mulch and late roses. And a rampant passion fruit vine grown by a beautiful woman with Views on community gardening...
I took more pictures than I have time to post and will catch up with some more tomorrow. Day lilies. Lots of day lilies. No, I didn't eat any.
I caught myself walking home looking very critically at all the tree beds on the way. And walked straight out onto my terrace and started to deadhead some basil that had erupted into flower.