Even though the temperatures are still flirting with winter, it’s almost May and spring is really, truly here. Can summer be far behind?
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Park is waking up and a lot of new species are in bloom.
Let’s check them out.
Even though it may not necessarily feel like it, spring is here! Finally! And that means it’s time for the Park to wake up and start going through its fascinating bloom cycle. This year, we’re going to let you know which plants are in bloom and some information about each one.
Then we hope you’ll visit the Park to see each species live and blooming in person.
First the good news: Monarch butterfly populations, which had fallen to alarmingly low levels in 2013, rebounded slightly in 2014. But we need to do a lot more to insure that these amazing little creatures can thrive. They’re very good indicators about the health of the environment in general, and if they fail, it’s likely that we will soon follow.
However human development continues to consume more and more Monarch habitat. So what can we do to turn this situation around?
The answer? Milkweeds.
Food is growing all around us. At the edge of roads, in the cracks of sidewalks, along driveways and byways and especially in parks, edible species abound. Even dandelions, that scourge of smooth green lawns, can be eaten- the tubers as well as the leaves.
In Stuy Cove Park, we have quite a few edible plants, including mulberries, blueberries, mountain mint, rose hips and plenty more than I can name here (but we’ll try and do a special blog post about this as we get closer to spring, including tips on how to get your berries on without hurting our plants!)
Because quizzes that compare you and your life to classic movies/movie stars/literary characters/superheros/types of sandwiches or whatever are all the rage on the Internet, the Parks Department has created this immensely fun, short quiz to determine which city park you most closely resemble. While so far no one we know has gotten Stuyvesant Cove as their Park, see if you can spot the site of the Park before it was built in the pictures accompanying one of the questions (major hint: it’s in the third group from the top!).