Gardens: more than a show

Photos Bob Whitelaw

Patricia Malikail stands by the Pollinator Garden at St. Joe’s church, which dates from 2019, coordinated by Katherine Forster and supported by the Faith and the Common Good NGO. The sign says wild pollinators (native bees, flies, moths and butterflies) are an underappreciated workforce.

A curbside flower garden on Marlborough Avenue near Templeton Street tries to make sure that the flowers are saved for our friends the bees and other pollinators.

Green tomatoes remaining in Sandy Hill gardens can be ripened indoors—wrap them individually in newspaper and place them in a cardboard box for 8 to 12 days then enjoy the results. The box should be placed in a cool dark place to guarantee a supply of fresh ripened tomatoes sometimes into November.

Ann Van Regan has “flown” tea cups on a tree at Somerset E. near King Edward spring to fall, for the past 10 years. Ann’s tree, alas, is still not a local source of tea tree oil.

Sunflowers at a Sandy Hill corner enhance the street pole and serve as a reminder of summer. Thanks to the person who sowed the seeds and tends the plants!