The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Planting the Bulbs on the Bridges

Last October, the Community Garden Project, headed by Francie VonMertens, planted bulbs in the ground at her small farm for the bridges in downtown Peterborough. Now it is time to take the bulbs out of the ground and transplant them into the flower boxes on the bridges. The bulbs would not survive the fluctuating temperatures on the bridge and need to be planted in pots in the ground for the winter. This year, we have two types of daffodils and grape hyacinths to plant in the flower boxes. In a week or two, the bridges will be vibrant with color. 

At the end of May, the bulbs will be transplanted into the ground at Putnam Park to be enjoyed for many years to come. That way, they preform double duty: annual bulbs on the bridges in 2012 and perennial bulbs in Putnam Park.

Bulbs in the ground at Francie's house

Loaded in Carl VonMertens' old vintage truck, nicked named "Bob"

Unloading "Bob" at the parking lot by the bridge on Main Street

Francie planting bulbs on the Main Street Bridge

Anne planting another flower box

Maggi plating a flower box on the Grove Street Bridge

A flower box completed waiting to bloom on Grove Street


  1. What a wonderful project. I'm often amazed at how many opportunities we have around our cities and neighborhoods to add a bit of "nature". Finding the time and people to do it may sometimes be a challenge, but it can be done!

    Wonderful job.

  2. Francie is a great leader with a lot of enthusiasm. She makes finding the time and people look easy.

  3. I like this project too, it must be lovely to see them all in bloom in some weeks.
    Have a nice day.

  4. Thanks Hans,
    I'll post them when they are in bloom.



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