This year for 2016 we plan to grow only varieties of plants that the deer don’t like and that are drought resistant. The only real exception to this are the sunflowers. Deer love them, but I do too! Most of our community volunteer gardens are dealing with either deer or problems getting water or both, and this should improve their chances for success with our plants. When determining our plants for this year, I chose varieties that we have had good luck growing from seed in the past. This year I have it down to 17 varieties of good old standards: 10 annuals, 2 edibles and 5 perennials.
Here are some photos from the greenhouse at Longwood Gardens. It was just as spacious and beautiful as the garden grounds. The greenhouse is 4-acres and is a splendid space for peace and relaxation. One of the highlights from the room is the hydrangea balls hanging from the ceiling. You can see photos of the garden grounds here.
The 2015 Project Bloom Greenhouse Season is off to a good start. We have over 6000 plants started already. Bob built us new riser shelves for the Northeast and Southeast corners to give us more real estate for flats. So far we have Alyssum, Zinnia, Lupines, Coreopsis, Coleus and Sunflowers starting. We hope to cover the Project Bloom gardens with flowers this year!
“Project Bloom is a volunteer greenhouse program run through Keep Islip Clean and the Islip Parks Department. We operate out of a greenhouse on the property of Brookwood Hall in East Islip, formerly the Knapp Estate, which was built in the late 1920s. We start seeds in February and in mid-May, we distribute nearly 6000 free plants to 35 groups around town for planting. Enjoy these photos from our 2014 season!”