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New Year in a New York Garden
Posted on Jan 19, 2015 10:00 PM

Hello All Things Plants,

This blog will document the changing seasons in one community garden on New York City's Lower East Side. The opportunity to watch nature unfold is one of the treasures that this space provides to local residents, and perhaps it's also of interest here. And with that… here goes!

While the winter months don't see a great deal of activity from the gardeners, there is plenty of interest nonetheless within the garden. With the first snows of 2015, the green of our grassy knoll at the center of the garden stands out in sharp contrast to the white.

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The oak-leaf hydrangea visible in the corner of the lawn in the pic above looks just as striking in the winter as it does in the summer. The branches have a beautiful reddish-brown color and they have a sculptural quality that makes them ever so photogenic. Flowering pears in the background are more robust and architectural.

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One evergreen delight is our variegated Japanese laurel (Aucuba japonica) near the front of the garden, which stands out in stark contrast to the snow and plastered wall behind it.

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Some of our plants are also providing interest through flower stalks and heads. The lace-head hydrangeas along the path around the lawn and the potted sedums on the back patio are both easy on the eyes, even in the coldest months (I am guessing the latter are Sedum "Autumn Joy" but I may be wrong?)

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Our wolf under the dogwoods near the front gate - the guard of the garden - looks more at home in the snow than amid the hostas and ferns that will dot this area come May.

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And when the snow is heavy, one would rather look at the garden from a distance at the front gate so as not to disturb the pristine covering.

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