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Cloistered climbers

The vision is coming true! Two different climbers are blooming in the "garth," also known as the fenced-off driveway in front of the unused garage. Thanks to the NBC "Law & Order" set makeover, it looks all nice and cottage-y.The red one is Climbing Don Juan (with accidental ivy backdrop), and the pale pink is New Dawn, which I propagated from another New Dawn on the other side of the garden. I am very proud of this.

 Long shot through the fence lattice shows, at left, how much cement I've ripped up for the raised bed waiting behind it (still needs a tad more chipped off). Even with my compost, I will need many bags of soil to fill it. Cracking cement is addictive; I just want to keep going until it's an abbey garden with gravel paths, herb beds, and more flowers (it gets full southern sun). Like the Cloisters, only via sledgehammer.


Bottom photo: Cuxa Cloister Garden, the Cloisters; Metropolitan Museum

Posted on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 05:13PM by Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn in , , , , | Comments4 Comments

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What are you doing with the concrete? I started taking up part of my driveway this year, to make room for more planting beds. I have a stack of crazy-paver slabs I don't know what to do with.

I'm planning to put in a rain garden later this year. I'll have lots of extra soil when I do that!
May 29, 2010 at 07:54AM | Unregistered CommenterXris (Flatbush Gardener)
I am busting up the concrete into scone-size chunks and smuggling it out in demolition bags with the regular garbage; should be done by end of summer (or end of decade). I'll take all the topsoil you care to part with!
May 29, 2010 at 11:03PM | Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn
I think all people should dream of medieval herbs and gardens.

I love the colors here, the delicacy reminds me of a hand-tinted postcard.

(you left me a sweet comment on my blog years ago, and I just came across it - so I was inspired to pay you a visit!)
June 18, 2010 at 03:40AM | Unregistered CommenterAubrey
Thanks, Aubrey!
June 19, 2010 at 04:07PM | Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn

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