Monday, April 5, 2010

Cadman Plaza

The busy Henry Street turn-off from the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn Heights meets the end of the green of Cadman Plaza, which in turn meets the footpath from the Brooklyn Bridge's eastern end, and here, between traffic and trees, is this very pretty public planting.

I missed the witch hazel, almost my favourite little tree because of the cold desolation in which it always blooms, and the Cornus mas is almost past bloom, but the white flowering quinces are still full of flowers and the magnolias are just getting started. Bulbs are a riot.

We had supper on the terrace last night for the first time this year. Candlelight and lamb and delicious roast asparagus, and while Vince had a second helping I hunted snails by torchlight. He chewed lamb manfully while snails whizzed over his head.

I have ordered some lilies from Brent and Becky's (cutting it a little fine): formosas, Lilium superbum (native) as well as a pink Begonia grandis - which I've never grown myself, but for which I advocate in shady places. It has a beautiful, loose form and delicately graceful, pendulous flowers. I might add some to the steps of the brownstone...


  1. I walk past this park on my way to and from work -- I agree, it's lovely planting! And the number of daffodils in bloom right now is just obscene. I also took a few photos there just a couple weeks ago, too! Such a lovely spot tucked in behind the BQE.

  2. Hey Jill - those are beautiful photos, thanks.

  3. You are so bloodthirsty (slimethirsty?) about snails! I always imagine bewildered passers-by finding themselves victims of high-speed snail missiles...

  4. Begonia grandis is superb. And when backlit the red stems and veins really pop.

  5. Hunting sails by torchlight... I have a vision of the sea, white glimpses of hiding sails, doing their best to escape your torchlight... how romantic...


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