An Untameable Plant Flourishes and Flowers
Despite weeding, goats, and campaigns against it, Japanese knotweed thrives.
The Bluebells Are Ringing
Pause by the spring bluebells and listen: these flowers have lore of enchantment that reverberates even in NYC.
Aromatic Lilacs Perfume Streets and Homes
A yard is a rarity in NYC; a balcony with plants is a luxury. But everyone can have a vase of fragrant flowers to brighten up their room.
Lawns Present a Fleeting Moment of Unnatural Perfection
Has there ever been a more perfect symbol of human triumph and hubris than an expanse of perfectly clipped grass?
The City’s Native Cactus Revives from its Cadaverous Winter Husk
Do you feel a little flat and tired going into spring? Take inspiration from the resurrection of the prickly pear cactus.
Golden Carpet of Rancid Butter
The putrescence you hopscotch around is the smell of butyric acid, the smell of nausea.
City Shadows Fragment the Fall Foliage
Notice how the trees shift from sun to shadow as the earth turns.
Air Becomes Crisp, Pumpkins Appear
Pumpkins are appearing on stoops, balconies, and bodega storefronts.
Abandoned Lots Become Feral Gardens
It seems to be a no man’s land, a tiny, untended place that is unclaimed by either the office building or the grocery store alongside it.
Milkweed Blooms Draw Monarchs
On a hill of former trash, monarch butterflies find a haven.