Late Summer at The Battery 2018

Late Summer (August 21-September 20)

All spring, we wished for the hot summer sun. And now, only a few months into summer, we cry out for the cool breezes and the rainfall. Late summer is always a tough period to endure, as we are weary from days of blazing heat and (this year) torrential summer rains. As the temperature finally decreases, we shift from damage-control bed irrigation to tidying up areas otherwise neglected: we weed; we clean; we remove broken bits; we repair fences and monitor rodents! Despite my weariness, I love this time of year as it makes me appreciate the coming autumn and all of the wonderful colors of nature that it brings.

Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues' (foreground), Vernonia noveboracensis

Asclepias incarnata

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Anemone 'Robustissima' and Echinacea purpurea

Vernonia lettermanii

Seedhead of Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

Amorpha canescens

Hylotelephium (Sedum) 'Autumn Fire'

Perovskia 'Little Spire', Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank', Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Double Panicum! Panicum 'Shenandoah' in front and Panicum 'Dallas Blues' in back

My co-worker Luka watering the Heuchera 'Autumn Bride'

Love this combo! Silphium terebinthinaceum and Vernonia noveboracensis

Seeds of Vernonia noveboracensis and sun-like flower of Silphium terebinthinaceum

Anemone x hybrida  'Robustissima' with Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

Eye-catching Saliva uliginosa 

Monarch butterfly caterpillar on Asclepias incarnata plant

 SEPTEMBER 11, 2018

Today I had the honor of visiting the World Trade Center memorial on the 17th anniversary of 9/11. I sent my prayers to the victims. You will not be forgotten. Someday, hopefully in our lifetime, the evil ones will be brought to justice. May God Bless our President, may God Bless our Soldiers, and may God Bless The United States of America. 🇺🇸 


Grass combination: Calamagrostis brachytricha in front and Sorghastrum nutans leaning over the edge

Absolutely LOVE this: Sanguisorba canadensis

Plant crush: Calamagrostis brachytricha

Can't get enough of this guy: Calamagrostis brachytricha with Perovskia atriplicifolia. Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank' and Panicum 'Dallas Blues' in the background.

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

Symphyotrichum (Aster) ericoides 

Morning shot of the Gardens of Remembrance (GOR): 
Symphyotrichum 'October Skies', Amsonia hubrichtii, Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues', Echinacea purpurea

Morning shot of the Gardens of Remembrance (GOR): 
Symphyotrichum 'October Skies', Perovskia atriplicifolia, Pennisetum 

Morning shot of the Gardens of Remembrance (GOR): 
Agastache 'Blue Fortune', Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Longwood Blue'

Persicaria virginiana 'Lance Corporal'

Persicaria virginiana 'Lance Corporal', Chasmanthium latifolium

 Preparing for the Gardener's Luncheon: Every fall, The Battery Conservancy hosts a luncheon just for garden lovers. The gardeners prepare floral arrangements using plants from our gardens for the luncheon tables and greeter stands. We interns also give tours of the gardens to the guests.

Luka adds water to the trugs prior to harvesting

Harvesting complete! Our floral arrangements consist of: Hosta 'Blue Angel,' Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance,' Scutellaria incana, Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink' and A. chinensis 'Visions in Red,' Amsonia hubrichtii

Luka on the work bike

Stashing the harvested stems for the evening. We will assemble early in the morning, just before the luncheon!

Gabriela demonstrates how to wrap the Hosta leaf inside of the vase

Assembling a table display

Luciana assembles a large dried arrangement for the washrooms and for the greeter table

Ready for the luncheon guests!

 The luncheon was a success! The gardens looked beautiful, the luncheon was delicious and entertaining, and The Battery Conservancy raised enough money for the bulbs that we will plant in the fall.

Aconitum napellus

Rat hunter extraordinaire, Chris! Behind him is a packed bed of Amsonia hubrichtii, Vernonia noveboracensis, Cornus florida, Parthenocissus henryana


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