Archives for the month of: May, 2010
Clusterhead Bellflower (Campanula glomerata ‘Joan Eliot’) has handsome blooms, typically bell-shaped, blue flowers from spring to fall. It should be planted in sweeping drifts in the perennial border or naturalized under trees. It takes sun/part shade. It reaches a height of 18″ and can be invasive. During its blooming period (May-June) in Maine, it is spectacular; however, the rest of the year, it is undistinguished. I noticed the blooms this week. Wow!
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Clusterhead Bellflower (Campanula glomerata ‘Joan Eliot’) has handsome blooms, typically bell-shaped, blue flowers from spring to fall. It should be planted in sweeping drifts in the perennial border or naturalized under trees. It takes sun/part shade. It reaches a height of 18″ and can be invasive. During its blooming period (May-June) in Maine, it is spectacular; however, the rest of the year, it is undistinguished. I noticed the blooms this week. Wow!

Winter Day
I live in the Friedrichshain section of Berlin Warschauer U/S-Bahn station). Formerly part of East Berlin, Friedrichshain is known by Berliners as the “Alternative” neighborhood: a kind of bohemian young person’s hang out. It certainly has its share of young people, music venues, clubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes; but, it is also rich in history. From its working class beginnings in the 1920s to its current trendy cosmopolitan sophistication, Friedrichshain has been a magnet for eccentrics and the avantgarde.

Simon-DachStraße is the heart of Friedrichshain where one can find the latest in fashion and the current food craze. It is one of the liveliest places in Berlin, and for its residents, it can be very noisy from all the human activity that occurs on the streets. In the summer months, I need to wear ear plugs to sleep.

On Saturday mornings, I recommend the outdoor food market located at Boxhanger Platz (a block from Simon-Dach Straße and Kopernikusstraße). Try the fish stall where you can order fresh grilled trout. The trout (die Forelle) is the best I have had anywhere in the world, no joke! You can eat it on a bun or with a small salad. For dessert try the stall that only sells Kuchen (a type of German cake) baked right there. I prefer the Pflaumenkuchen (plum cake). Very tasty (Sehr Lecker). Also, if you’re in the mood, pick up a bouquet of flowers. One thing about Germans, they love fresh flowers and there is almost no shortage of flower sellers. You can find flowers for sale at almost every U/S-Bahn station, shopping arcade, grocery store or open air market.

On Sundays, Boxhanger Platz has an overrated flea market. Lots of tourists and junk for sale. Avoid it if you can. Instead, head to a restaurant for a Berliner Sunday brunch. You haven’t had brunch until you’ve done it Berlin style. It’s something! Brunch is all you can eat, and includes meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, breads, salads, fish, pastries, cakes, pastas, casseroles, etc. The price of brunch usually includes a glass of sparkling wine and/or juice. Brunch starts around 10 am and ends around 4 pm. Prices range from 7-10 euro. Go early and go hungry.


Winter Day
I live in the Friedrichshain section of Berlin Warschauer U/S-Bahn station). Formerly part of East Berlin, Friedrichshain is known by Berliners as the “Alternative” neighborhood: a kind of bohemian young person’s hang out. It certainly has its share of young people, music venues, clubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes; but, it is also rich in history. From its working class beginnings in the 1920s to its current trendy cosmopolitan sophistication, Friedrichshain has been a magnet for eccentrics and the avantgarde.

Simon-DachStraße is the heart of Friedrichshain where one can find the latest in fashion and the current food craze. It is one of the liveliest places in Berlin, and for its residents, it can be very noisy from all the human activity that occurs on the streets. In the summer months, I need to wear ear plugs to sleep.

On Saturday mornings, I recommend the outdoor food market located at Boxhanger Platz (a block from Simon-Dach Straße and Kopernikusstraße). Try the fish stall where you can order fresh grilled trout. The trout (die Forelle) is the best I have had anywhere in the world, no joke! You can eat it on a bun or with a small salad. For dessert try the stall that only sells Kuchen (a type of German cake) baked right there. I prefer the Pflaumenkuchen (plum cake). Very tasty (Sehr Lecker). Also, if you’re in the mood, pick up a bouquet of flowers. One thing about Germans, they love fresh flowers and there is almost no shortage of flower sellers. You can find flowers for sale at almost every U/S-Bahn station, shopping arcade, grocery store or open air market.

On Sundays, Boxhanger Platz has an overrated flea market. Lots of tourists and junk for sale. Avoid it if you can. Instead, head to a restaurant for a Berliner Sunday brunch. You haven’t had brunch until you’ve done it Berlin style. It’s something! Brunch is all you can eat, and includes meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, breads, salads, fish, pastries, cakes, pastas, casseroles, etc. The price of brunch usually includes a glass of sparkling wine and/or juice. Brunch starts around 10 am and ends around 4 pm. Prices range from 7-10 euro. Go early and go hungry.

These herbaceous peonies have been revered in the Orient for 2,500 years. These plants often outlive the gardeners who planted them, and bloom in late May and early June in Maine.
These herbaceous peonies have been revered in the Orient for 2,500 years. These plants often outlive the gardeners who planted them, and bloom in late May and early June in Maine.

Siberian Iris’s (Iris sibirica) are easy to maintain and have few problems. They are excellent flowers for cutting and spectacular when massed in a large border. The dried pods are also handsome. They are just beginning to bloom in Maine.

When I arrive in Berlin next week, I will begin posting plants found in that city.


Siberian Iris’s (Iris sibirica) are easy to maintain and have few problems. They are excellent flowers for cutting and spectacular when massed in a large border. The dried pods are also handsome. They are just beginning to bloom in Maine.

When I arrive in Berlin next week, I will begin posting plants found in that city.

Coreopsis are sunny flowers ideal for borders. They are great additions to any garden design, blooming most of the summer. Coreopsis make great garden edging as well as nice cut flowers.
Coreopsis are sunny flowers ideal for borders. They are great additions to any garden design, blooming most of the summer. Coreopsis make great garden edging as well as nice cut flowers.