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OG side of Lake Ave. You only need one flower for a garden. Paul Goldfinger © 7/2019.

 

BRUNO MARS:

 

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Eileen’s front half yard. Mt. Hermon Way. Paul Goldfinger photo ©   Click to enlarge.  7/13/19

 

VIVALDI:  The Four Seasons.

“Antonio: please don’t be upset, but we put ‘Winter’ with this summer scene.”

“From your old high school buddy Paul G.  Remember the fun we had in the marching band when you shlepped your harpsichord to the 50 yard line?”

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Ocean Grove, NJ. Eileen’s garden. Delicious regurgitated sunflower seeds. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

CHAKA KHAN:   “Lullaby” of Birdland”  From the album We All Love Ella–Celebrating the First Lady of Song

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Striata canna. Ocean Grove August 2, 2017. Photo by Eileen Goldfinger. ©

This is a plant of the tropics, but it will grow well in New Jersey if it gets 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. It grows on rhizomes and must be dug up before the frost; then stored indoors for planting in the spring.  This plant was purchased at Sunset Nursery.    —Eileen

CAST OF LA LA LAND   “Another Day of Sun.”

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Eileen is expecting company tonight. On the left are miniature gladiolus, and on the right are hydrangea in their late summer garb. Blogfinger photo. ©

Eileen is expecting company tonight. On the left are miniature gladioluses, and on the right are hydrangeas in their late summer garb. 8/15/15. Click to enlarge. Blogfinger photo. ©

By Eileen Goldfinger, house, garden, and food  editor @Blogfinger

Why should all the passers-by enjoy your flowers.? Go out and cut some—-they won’t be missed visually.   Use them to decorate your table or other spots in your home.  Now the hydrangeas, gladioluses and zinnias are lovely.

THE BUTTERHILLS:

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Karen and Rich from Philadelphia admire Mauro Bacolo's Asbury Avenue garden. Blogfinger photo ©  6/20/15

Karen and Rich from Philadelphia admire Mauro Bacolo’s Asbury Avenue garden. Many of the gardeners placed yarn and fabric on their trees for the tour.  Blogfinger photo © 6/20/15

By  Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

It was a cloudy, drizzly, cool day, but it was perfect for visitors to explore some wonderful gardens in the Grove. As usual, the challenge in this town is to make the most of small spaces, although there were exceptions such as Mauro Bacolo’s extra large botanical gardens on Asbury Avenue and David Philo’s sprawling gardens extending from Asbury Avenue down to the shores of Wesley Lake.  Some of the gardeners noted that  the extra rain and minimal sunshine lately impacted the displays, but that’s nature. Listen to the song below by Claudia Carbo—in Spanish and English.

David Philo's Asian Willow tree overlooks Wesley Lake. Note that the swan boats have returned.  Blogfinger.net photo 6/20/15

Asian Willow tree, seen from David Philo’s Lake Avenue garden, overlooks Wesley Lake. Note that the swan boats have returned. Blogfinger.net photo 6/20/15

The original concept for the People’s Garden Tour was to provide an opportunity for Grovers to visit neighbors’ homes, but as it turned out, there were many visitors from out of town including Morris, Somerset, Middlesex and Bergen Counties among others. The event was sponsored by the Ocean Grove Woman’s Club.   Pegi Costantino, President of the OGWC, organized the tour, and she estimated that over a hundred visitors came through to see her display at the Woman’s Club on Mt. Carmel Way.

The event was as much social as it was for gardeners to get ideas, ask questions, and view some unusual plantings including Mauro’s Opuntia, a prickly pear cactus at the peak of its yellow flowering. This cactus is native to the northeast, being found at shore areas up to Nova Scotia. The yellow flowers will only last a few days, so the timing was impeccable.

And there was my banana tree that caught the attention of a few surprised visitors,  and Eileen’s lollypop lilies.

Mauro Bacolo's east coast shore cactus Apuntia.  © Blogfinger.net photo

Mauro Bacolo’s east coast shore cactus Apuntia. © Blogfinger.net photo

 

Eileen Goldfinger's Asiatic Lollypop lilies. Blogfinger.net  photo ©

Eileen Goldfinger’s Asiatic Lollypop lilies. Blogfinger.net photo ©

 

Some visitors view this Delaware Avenue banana tree. Blogfinger.net  photo

Some visitors view this Delaware Avenue banana tree. Blogfinger.net photo

CLAUDIA CARBO   “What a Difference a Day Makes.”

“What a difference a day makes
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain”

 

 

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58 Lake Avenue as seen from the Asbury Avenue.

58 Lake Avenue as seen from the Asbury Avenue. Blogfinger photo.  June 15,  2015. ©  Click to enlarge.

58 Lake AVenue.   Another view from the Asbury Avenue side.  June 11, 2015  Blogfinger photo. ©

58 Lake Avenue. Another view from the Asbury Avenue side. June 11, 2015 Blogfinger photo. ©

This is one of Ocean Grove’s finest gardens.   Bordering Wesley Lake, assorted Daylilies, Sedum, and Coneflowers. On the bank side, English Roses nicely scented mixed in a perennial garden. Up the steps to the house, a mixed border on the left leading to a path to the rear garden. The Courtyard area features mixed containers, and the rear garden is a mix of shrubs and perennials. Lots of plants, take your time and look around, many interesting plants.

This property is close to Founder’s Park.  Nearby, at 64 Asbury Avenue, near rows of tents, is the Pioneer Cottage—-the first cottage in OG.  The 2015 version is quite large and interesting. Take a look while you are over there.

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Here is a link to the tour map and the list of addresses:

Garden tour map and list of gardens

STAN GETZ  and JOAO GILBERTO    “Para Machuchar Meu Coração

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Last roses of Ocean Grove. Nov. 12, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo.©

Last roses of Ocean Grove.   (the bright orange is a tree.)    Nov. 12, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo.©

By Pegi Costantino, gardening columnist for Blogfinger and primo main man at the Ocean Grove Woman’s Club.

Winter has definitely hit. Got my Hibiscus in just in time. Keep a close eye on any houseplants that summer out on the porch.  Insect infestations will spread rapidly under the dry warmth of central heat.

Mites look like moving dust particles but can be seen more clearly with a magnifying glass. Mealy bugs look like tiny tufts of cotton and scale leaves a sticky residue affectionately known as “honeydew”….a really nice name for insect poop.

Lots of dish soap and water is your first line of defense. Save the nasty pesticides for if the soap doesn’t work. Might be a good idea to just soap them up as a preventive measure. Besides, they will look so clean and clean leaves photosynthesize much more efficiently, making maximum use of limited light. (While you are at it, you may want to remove the screen from the window where you put them.  Makes a big difference in available light)

ANN DEE:

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From Eileen's Garden: Honeysuckle vine 2014 ©

Honeysuckle vine 2014 ©  By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff.  Ocean Grove.  2014

ROSE MURPHY   from her album “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”

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Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove, NJ.  By Bob Green  Sept. 26, 2014 ©  Special to Blogfinger

Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove, NJ. By Bob Green Sept. 26, 2014 © Special to Blogfinger

Hi Paul,

National Geographic  called Ocean Pathway “The prettiest short street in America.” With numbers 13 and 11 so beautifully housescapped with plants, it’s even prettier. This photo, taken yesterday, shows but two of the many homes in Ocean Grove that are occupied by master gardeners.

Congratulations to all who work so hard to bring beauty to so many.

Bob

Bob Green  (Ocean Grove),  Gardener

EYDIE GORME´

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