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May 15, 2008


Rain clearing on Van Brunt Street; Polaroid SX-70

I cannot believe that it is Thursday already. Somehow I have managed to do something work related (though things that I do enjoy) every day. Gone is the concept that I would loll about at a coffee shop reading a good book (yes, the above photo is from a coffee shop- but I was neither lolling about nor reading a good book). Oh well. I get around to some things that I have been meaning to do for a while- and if I can finish the last three items on the list by this afternoon I will label this time off a success.

Thus far I have:

  • Managed to mangle four of my ten fingers- one on the lip of a tin can that I was washing, one with a serrated knife while cutting crusty bread and two when I took a total faceplant yesterday as I ran unsuccessfully from the subway to an appointment. I think there is still some gravel in one of my knuckles.

  • Obtained and planted basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, marjoram, cilantro, parsley and jalapino peppers. Now the trick is figuring out where to put it all while we are away so that the cats don't nibble.

  • Swept out the front sidewalk and garbage can area of our apartment building- I cannot tell you how totally disgusting this task was.

  • Weeded and planted (poorly) sunflower seeds in the tree bed outside of our building. I just happened to have sunflower seeds so I stuck them in the soil. I'm actually not really sure if they will survive but it's worth a shot- I plan on putting in some flowers today, too, so if the sunflowers come up in a week or two it will be an added bonus. The tree roots are pulling up the sidewalk, which I know is not a good sign. This also made weeding and planting hard, as I didn't want to damage the tree. I don't think that the bed had been weeded in a number of years- in my time here, I've never seen it when it wasn't full of trash.

  • While weeding, I found the following either on top of or buried beneath the bed- one baby doll arm, five bottle caps, several torn up bits of a Jesus Loves You pamphlet, strange gravel-cement chunks that had no relationship to the surrounding area, more glass than I could count and three hypodermic needle caps. The last items really surprised me, as I have not seen them in the street in a while.

Off to the garden center one last time to see if I can find some sort of very hardy perennial for the tree bed- one that will withstand the inevitable city trash and the exhaust that pours out of the autobody shop next door.

Posted by callalillie at May 15, 2008 10:53 AM | City Life , Red Hook


i am a terrible gardener and hostas always grow nicely for me. we have some awesome azaleas that come back every year with no effort on my part. good luck.

Posted by: danielle at May 15, 2008 2:58 PM

Hostas were my first choice. Unfortunately, because of the tree roots I couldn't dig deep enough to accommodate the size of the hostas- I didn't want to hurt the tree. I did plant some lily of the valley, even though I think the bloom season is over :( and some dianthus. I'm not sure if anything will survive the environment...but we'll see.

Posted by: corie at May 15, 2008 3:35 PM

hostas can always be split into smaller plants - maybe try? you are probably already done. but - I think if you went to a store and bought a hosta you could split it up so it would fit.

Posted by: danielle at May 16, 2008 3:40 PM

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