Randalls Island Park Alliance

Marking Our Territory

In What's in Bloom on April 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

By Phyllis Odessey

It’s almost over.  With no winter, spring came extremely early.  The daffs are gone, but there are still some bulbs blooming on Randall’s Island.  You will find the bulbs marked with small signs.  If you find yourself in the garden with your smart phone and want some information, use the QR code to get this blog.

Crocus sativus is a very special bulb.  The crimson stigmas are where saffron comes from.  The bulbs are planted in fall and unlike many other bulbs, flower in the Fall.  I am dreaming about what dish to make with the saffron we will be harvesting in the Fall.

Jean Hurkin-Torres placing a marker.

Muscari ameniacum at the Waterfront Garden
Grape Hyacinth
Muscari is the Turkish name for bulb.

Aeong Aee Boo placing a sign in the waterfront Garden

Leucojum aestivm
Summer Snowflake, Snowbell, Dewdrop

In this country, we may be able to divide people into Democrats or Republicans.  In England, you can divide the populous by asking the question:  Should  gardens use plant labels ?  It’s a question that elicits heated discussion.  It’s not the material of the marker… cooper vs. wood vs. plastic.  No, it’s about knowing.  I haven’t met anyone in the UK who is not a very good gardener.

I personally like plant labels.  I like KNOWING. I do not feel it interrupts the experience of BEING in the garden.  However, this debate is coming to a close.  The world of apps has changing the debate.  If  you want to KNOW, use your smart phone.  The argument of the present/future will be about what’s the best app.  I am experimenting with several.  Come to Randall’s Island and try your new app out and let us know what works for you.


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