Rainbow Garden

My front garden bloomed all the colors of the rainbow just in time for this past Pride Weekend.
Rainbow Garden

The plants in bloom include natives, heirlooms, passalongs from past plant swaps, and weeds. Not everything in bloom is visible in the photo. Some are too small to stand out at this scale. Others are just off-frame to the right.

  • Achillea millefolium, Common Yarrow, cerise/pink-red, passalong
  • Campanula trachelium ‘Bernice’, double-flowering Bellflower, purple, purchased
  • Commelina communis, Asiatic Dayflower, blue, weed
  • Dianthus (I think), pink, passalong
  • Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower, purple-pink, native
  • Hemerocallis fulva, Daylily, orange, came with the house
  • Hemerocallis fulva, double-flowering Daylily, orange, heirloom
  • Hemerocallis ‘Pardon Me’, red, purchased
  • Oxalis stricta, Upright Wood-Sorrel, yellow, native/weed
  • Rudbeckia fulgida, Black-eyed Susan, yellow, native

The white-flowering plants are:

  • Alcea rosea, Common Hollyhock, seed strain that came with the house
  • Digitalis purpurea, Foxglove, seed strain that came with the house
  • Penstemon digitalis, Tall White Beard-tongue, native
  • Thalictrum pubescens, Tall Meadow-Rue, native
  • Trifolium repens, White Clover

Almost everything in this photo was newly planted this Spring. The only existing plantings are those near the steps. You can see everything is in full sun. It wasn’t so when we bought the house.

Two years ago, Hurricane Irene hit. The mature London Plane Tree in front of our next-door neighbor-to-the-south came down. This changed our shady front yard to one of full sun, and opened up new opportunities for plant choices.
London Plane Street Tree downed by Hurricane Irene

It also allowed me to advance my long-term plan of planting all of the front yard, and eliminating the last vestiges of “lawn” from our property. So this Spring, I planted out the first section, along the driveway. I’ll make my way across the lawn year-by-year. In a few years, the entire front yard will be planted out.

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Brooklyn Pride, Tomorrow, June 14

Workin it, Brooklyn Pride 2006
Workin it, Brooklyn Pride 2006

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 14, the Brooklyn Pride Festival runs from 9am to 4pm along Prospect Park West from 15th Street (Bartel-Pritchard Circle) to 9th Street. The night march kicks off at 9pm from Bartel-Pritchard Circle, goes down 15th Street, then heads north on 7th Avenue through Park Slope.

Celebrate Brooklyn’s Gay and Lesbian community at this fun, free, day-long festival. Join us for New York City’s second-largest Gay and Lesbian Pride event of the season. The Festival takes place at Bartel- Pritchard Circle and along Prospect Park West from 15th Street to 9th Street.

Brooklyn Pride: (718) 928-3320

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Saturday, June 9 is Brooklyn Pride

Working it, Brooklyn Pride 2006

I still have my Marshal’s T-Shirt from the very first Brooklyn Pride March on 5th Avenue in Park Slope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to enjoy any of the festivities this year. I’ll be busy cleaning up the garden following the completion of the roof job, just in time for Sunday’s Victorian Flatbush House Tour. If I do make it, there will be lots of photos!

All events take place in or kick off from Prospect Park near the Bartel-Pritchard entrance at the corner of Prospect Park West and 15th Street/Prospect Park SouthWest.

5K Run (9:30 AM Registration)

Multicultural Festival (11:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Kids Space (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Night Pride Parade (8:30 PM Kick Off)

Parade Route
15th Street to 7th Avenue
Right on 7th Avenue down to Lincoln Place

Prospect Park West will also be closed for assembly of the marchers prior to kickoff.

Contingent from the Hetrick-Martin Institute in the 2006 Brooklyn Pride March