Sedum on Central Park West

We have planted sedum in the gardens near Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Flowers from fall to winter

Sedum plants have massive heads of clustered pink flowers that later turn mauve. They will last well into the winter months.  This plant grows the best in full sun, and looks the best when planted in masses.

Sedum is tough and adaptable; thick, sturdy stems will support flower heads, even when covered in several inches of snow.  The plant is fairly maintenance free, slow to spread, and extremely drought tolerant.

Butterflies in Roosevelt Park

Sedum attracts butterflies – just one more reason we choose to plant it!

 

Anemones on the Upper West Side

Anemones along the Bull Moose Dog Run

Anemones are in full bloom in Theodore Roosevelt Park. Lovely, two-inch pink blossoms, with centers of golden-yellow stamens, grow atop tall, graceful dark green stems. They thrive in the gardens along the Bull Moose Dog Run, which provide moist, well-drained loamy soil that is protected from strong winds.

Long-blooming flowers

Among the longest blooming flowers in the park, anemones provide weeks of brilliant color from September to late October. When the flower petals fade and fall off, dark spherical seed heads replaces them. Over 12 to 24 months, the elegant anemones can develop into a robust groundcover 10-12″ tall.

 

Nobel Laureate William Faulkner

faulkner-nobel-monumentWilliam Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897, and he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949. Faulkner’s name appears on the Nobel Monument in Roosevelt Park.

Faulkner was born in Mississippi, and he joined the RAF during World War 1. He later studied at the University of Mississippi, where he published work in the student newspaper. He dropped out before earning a degree.

 

Time in New York City

Faulkner moved to New York City in 1921, and he worked in a bookstore. If he ever visited the Museum of Natural History, he would have walked through the park that eventually became Theodore Roosevelt Park. Faulkner returned to Mississippi in 1922.

 

Liriope in Bloom

Liriope, also called blue lily turf, is a tuberous-rooted, clumping, herbaceous perennial, currently in full bloom in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

Covering Theodore Roosevelt Park with color

We plant liriope throughout the park as a border plant and ground cover. Its beautiful lavender flowers rise above dark green arching leaves that grow to about 12” tall.

Foliage in winter

Liriope is one of the most durable plants in Roosevelt Park. It is tolerant of heat, humidity, drought and cold, and it grows well in lighting ranging from full sun to nearly full shade.The vibrant foliage remains attractive throughout spring, summer and fall, and partially into the winter.

What do birds eat on the Upper West Side?

One answer is liriope berries. The flowers develop into berries in late autumn that persist into the winter and feed Roosevelt Park’s birds.

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Day

Theodore Roosevelt by John Singer Sargent, 1903Labor Day

Labor Day started in the 1880’s, when individual states began passing legislation to create a holiday to honor workers. In 1894, Congress made the first Monday in September a legal holiday, Labor Day.

Theodore Roosevelt’s Labor Day speech

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt, Roosevelt Park’s namesake, gave a speech that linked the prosperity of laborers to the prosperity of the entire country. He said, “If circumstances are such that thrift, energy, industry, and forethought enable the farmer, the tiller of the soil, on the one hand, and the wage-worker on the other, to keep themselves, their wives, and their children in reasonable comfort, then the State is well off, and we can be assured that the other classes in the community will likewise prosper. On the other hand, if there is in the long run a lack of prosperity among the two classes named, then all other prosperity is sure to be more seeming than real.”