Oct 132017
 

Four months after their first time volunteering with us, Sigma Delta Tau sorority sisters again spent a day volunteering in Roosevelt Park.

Four new gardens for Theodore Roosevelt Parknew garden

These magnificent women weeded between cobblestones, raked up and bagged dried leaves, prepared soil beds, and planted perennial and flower bulbs. They created four gardens between Bull Moose Dog Run and Columbus Avenue.

Planting perennials and flower bulbs

Our volunteers planted hundreds of perennials: hellebore, Japanese forest grass, corabelle, astilbe, hosta, anemone, fox glove, and red twig dogwood. They also planted thousands of flower bulbs: Spanish bluebells; miniature golden daffodils; tall white daffodils; fragrant paperwhites; winged snowdrops; purple alliums; and purple, red and golden tulips.

Visit us from March through October to see how much color these new gardens add to Roosevelt Park!

 

Sigma Delta Tau Volunteers

 

 

 October 13, 2017  Comments Off on Sigma Delta Tau returns
Sep 272017
 

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.

 

 September 27, 2017  Comments Off on Anemones on the Upper West Side
Sep 132017
 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 September 13, 2017  Comments Off on Liriope in Bloom