The horticulture team prepares for the first round of spring planting, when they will place pansies, tulips, hyacinth, and daffodils in the district's tree pits and planters.
Spring is here. Honest. The vernal equinox comes at 12:57pm EDT, Thursday, March 20, and no doubt we’re all a bit relieved to say goodbye to the winter of 2014. Unfortunately the long winter and frozen ground has delayed the installation of our annual spring bulbs by one week. But not to worry; the Horticulture Department is busily preparing for the upcoming installation, and spring will be as colorful as ever.
Crews directed by Director of Horticulture Maureen Hackett begin the spring installation by placing 40 pansy tricolor bulbs in each of the district’s 122 tree pits.
The project continues in the following weeks as crews place three Daffodil Premier bulbs and two hyacinth in each of the 150 NYC Department of Transportation planters, 365 green 34th Street Partnership Planters, and additional planters at Macy’s and 5 Penn Plaza.
The staff then turns its attention to the parks at Herald and Greeley Squares, where the flower beds, planters, and hayracks receive Pink Barcelona Tulips, hyacinth, and two species of daffodils – Premier and Tète a tète.
Look for these bulbs to begin sprouting in mid-to-late April, depending on the weather, of course. To ensure that the color lasts through the spring, Ms. Hackett will direct a second round of bulb planting for the street planters and Herald and Greeley Squares later in the season. With the second installation, crews will add Algerian Ivy for a lovely green accent.
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