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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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1st Annual People's Garden Tour.  June, 2014.  Bev and Melinda's garden.  Blogfinger photo ©

1st Annual Ocean Grove People’s Garden Tour. June, 2014. Bev and Melinda’s garden. Blogfinger photo ©

From Miss Pegi  (aka Pegi Costantino):

Good Morning Clubbers,

September is off to a fantastic start, but that is nothing new to OG regulars.  So we really should enjoy it.  Blogfinger has asked the WC to sponsor the “ 2nd Annual People’s Garden Tour” next spring.

We will be looking for gardens to be part of the program and we are trying to pick the ideal day.  Last year it was June 14, before the summer folk come to town.  That date may be a tad late for peak rose displays and even the amazing peonies, but earlier will have not much in the way of annual flowers strutting their stuff.

Also, we do not want to compete with traditional OG events. So give me your opinions and let me know if you want your garden on the tour.


CONTACT:  Pegi@comcast.net   or go to the OGWC Facebook page:      OGWC Facebook link


MILES DAVIS  “Springsville”


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Eileen’s hibiscus, August 2012, Ocean Grove, New Jersey. EG photo

By Eileen Goldfinger, Food and Garden Editor  @Blogfinger

Last February when we were in Ft. Myers, Florida, we took a trip to the Fleamasters flea market on MLK Blvd. to buy a hibiscus plant for our Florida garden.

I unfortunately didn’t examine the plant carefully. I was seduced by its beautiful flower and did not notice that it was leggy and had mealy bugs. Disappointed but undaunted, I placed it on our sunny  patio, repotted it with planting soil  and sprayed it thoroughly every few days with Eight Insect Control by Bonide. I rid it of bugs and pruned it by a third.

Since we were not going to return to Florida for 8 months, I decided to take my hibiscus back to Ocean Grove and give it some TLC until I could place it outside in June. It rewarded me with endless beautiful flowers all summer.

So this November, when we return to Florida for a few weeks, my hibiscus is coming with me. I plan to take it back and forth with us as we travel from New Jersey to Florida and back.

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Paul  Goldfinger

We bought a honeysuckle plant about four years ago for our little OG garden  which has a shady northern exposure and looks toward Asbury Park. The nursery expert told us that it needs sunshine, but we really wanted one, so we got it and planted it where it gets partial sun, from the west, late in the day.   Fast forward to now, and it is blooming nicely, thank you very much.  There are over one hundred varieties, but this one has funny looking orange flowers.  Some would call it a bush and some would call it a vine, but you can call it Al.  Anyhow, it is vining its way over the top and then through the  chain link fence to Meredith’s yard where she gets to enjoy it also.

Soundtrack: This song, Honeysuckle Rose, is a jazz standard, performed by many of the greats. But we chose Jenna Mammina because we like her style (think Blossom Dearie), but also because of the unique confectionery way that she enunciates “honeysuckle rose.”   PG

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