All of the calendula seeds that Jen planted in June are in full flower. The bright orange blossoms which we use to make Calendula Tincture (Calendula Officinalis) are so pretty that I hate to pick them, but doing so keeps the plant in bloom.
A calendula-on-the-brain google search led me to this interesting New York Times article about a woman who levered up concrete in Brooklyn and transformed ugly space beneath her fire escape into a thriving beautiful garden. – Tree
From the article:
She started planting without knowing a thing about gardening. She just wanted to create a space, literally, among the crack needles and excrement left each evening beneath her fire escape.
So she began with easy, fast-growing annuals that wouldn’t tempt light-fingered passers-by the way a rose or a lily might. She followed no how-to guide, no step-by-step manual. This kind of gardening springs more from an attitude, and shows what city people can do just by taking on an ugly, scary space and seeing the beauty beneath. It’s the first lesson of gardening: Let go of preconceived notions and simply interact with the space.
Read the rest of the article here.