The calm before the gates open...
Time to contemplate falling petals...
But if I had imagined these little red carts, I might not have worn sandals and red nail polish. Ouch. I spent the late afternoon hopping about briskly, avoiding wheels. Mayhem.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden plant sale preview was a lot of fun, in terms of plants, actually - a lot were from my favourite Glover Perennials. Members of the garden are allowed to see and buy before the general public can and I was impressed by the plant material on offer. In good condition and very interesting (though I did see people wheeling away flats of impatiens and begonias...).
Get me out of here, Mamma! Look how nicely he is holding that orchid.
We collected plants swiftly - I was helping (though he needed no help) the owner of a shady Brooklyn garden select some more plants for his promising space, and he had internalized the rather long plant lists I had sent him, memorised, processed and analysed them. He knew what he wanted. We left with Solomons' Seal, ferns, hellebores, climbing hydrangea and foam flower, and one Corydalis lutea for me. Thank you, nameless person-who-owns-an-umbrella-plant (more about that later)!
I liked this boxful. Yellow trilliums! Pretty Epimedium, always lovely Solomon's Seal, Wild Ginger! Can you say woodland garden?
Before the sale gates opened and before I saw the flocks of little carts, I spent some time wandering in the native garden. Quite lovely. Pictures soon.