Saturday, May 21, 2011

Greene Garden

I’m off on holiday for a week, but before I left my garden on Greene Avenue, I took a few photos to show you the state of progress.  I have dug up and worked the central bed over.  After not having been cultivated for over 10 years, I found quite a collection of accumulated rubbish under the central bed and borders – candy wrappers, Venetian blinds, a Tonka truck.   Luckily, I also found a lot of pieces of slate and brick as well.  These have been used to fill in the missing pieces of the slate path and the bricks will be used to line the sides of the central bed.
From the Mud Room Door
Results of excavation work
More result of excavation work
Slate pieces to line garden wall border
Central bed
Freshly worked soil
The raised beds around the edge of the garden was overrun with ivy and I pushed it back a bit to create additional borders.  At some point, I’ll remove the ivy all the way back to the fence and walls. 
Back Border
The raised beds are lined with architectural pieces rescued from a church formerly located across the street from my home and which had burned down over 25 years ago.  The prior owner of my brownstone did a good job of rescuing and reusing, don’t you think?
Rescued Church Fragments
Rescued Church Fragments
So far, I have only laid in astilbes (Astilbe x arendsii Cattleya, Astilbe Vision in Pink, Astilbe x arendsii Fanal),  hostas (Hosta Stained Glass, Hosta Patriot, Hosta Earth Angel and Hosta Komodo Dragon) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla Mollis).  The plants arrived as roots only.  I prefer to plant roots and watch the plant grow and form.  The mystery and awe of watching a plant come into full leaf or bloom from just a root base is a keen pleasure for me.
Astilbe x arendsii Cattleya

Hosta Earth Angel
Alchemilla Mollis

Corner of Border
The mulch is down on the raised borders and I will lay it down on the central bed when I return from holiday.  I expect my second order of plantings to arrive by the time I return and will update you on those.  Until then, enjoy your weekend!


  1. Hello Michael:
    You have certainly been working very hard, and have made a tremendous amount of progress with clearing the site.

    The architecturalpieces from the church are wonderful and will, we are sure look good when combined into the final planting plan. Alchemilla Mollis is a favourite of ours and will look marvellous edging the border.

  2. Hello,

    I love the terracotta elements, your garden is simply beautiful an good luck with it.

    Have a nice sunday