Ramblings of a 'New American' Gardener
Mediterranean bells? They are starting to haunt me. Wonder if I can find some bulbs for sale here?
I didn't know they were referred to as Mediterranean bells. I only know Nectaroscordum (or Allium) bulgaricum, apparently from central Europe.
Good to see plants turning the utilitarian into living design. How much better rail tracks look, their determined function obscured. It must be one of your favourite places, James, the High Line? The world could do with alot more work like this.
It is, Faisal. I sometimes think people want to be their best when in a garden (at least that potential is there), and this place is especially like that.
I'm also in love with this place, and I haven't even seen it yet. Railroad tracks in a garden, now you said something... must think if there's a way to evoke the idea of it, the symbolism is tempting.
An unexpectedly powerful nostalgia there.
I can't believe how good cell phone cameras are now. In case you missed this NYT article, I'm listing it below. Seems the High Line just keeps growing.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/nyregion/near-the-high-line-a-parking-lot-makeover-to-lure-visitors.html?src=rechp
That idea that the potential for people to be at their best in a garden, James, is one I hadn't considered...it's given me inspiration. I feel you've hit the nail on the head.
Denise, thanks. I did get a look at the article this morning.
Faisal, I may have overstated the case a bit, but I do think there's something to ponder there.
What a great spot. It is obviously well used seeing the people in the photos. Nothing like the colour green deep in the city.
Many thousands of people. Spectacularly popular.
Train tracks or a gravel garden, or actually both?Did you see Cleve West's Telegraph garden at Chelsea?Thanks for highlighting Noel Kingsbury's recent post about Piet Oudolf's hedge removal! I'd not got to that one yet, I'd read an earlier post from a visit to Holland.I like his description of them as hedge 'curtains'. Spot on. Shame they succumbed to excessive wet, personally I don't know if I would ever tire of seeing them, but I guess it'll be a case of watch this space.cheers
Both. We have several abandoned rail tracks around here, but most of them have been made into walking trains. If I had one, it would be, as you say, both a rail and gravel garden. I actually do some gravel gardening in the area around the house, which is raised on a hillock; the better drainage makes gravel gardening a natural.I did see Cleve West's garden, which I liked very much. Didn't follow Chelsea as closely this year as in the past. From what I saw, there was really nothing I liked as much as Tom Stuart-Smith's gardens of the previous two years. My favorite is his garden two years ago, the one with cloud pruned Hornbeams, rectangular zinc tanks of water, and mostly foliage.I'm sorry Oudolf lost his iconic hedges, but frankly it's, in a way, encouraging to know even Piet Oudolf has garden challenges. It will be a space to watch for sure.
Amend that first sentence above to read "walking trails."
You've probably visited here many times, but just in case not http://www.tomstuartsmith.co.uk/
Great post. The newly opened sections of the High Line are worth visiting! Hope you also got to see the NYT article on the extensions.Very nice blog and great photos. I'm a Follower (well, at least of your blog!).Michael
Michael, Thanks for the visit. We seem to be Brooklyn neighbors. We live in Fort Greene (well, I'm there two or three nights a week) and in western NJ near Lambertville/New Hope, PA, area. My garden's in the country.
Rob, Thanks for the TS-S link. He's, of course, one of my favorite British garden designers.
Its a fantastic addition to an inner city scape..more cities should follow this lead..rail line or not..oh i would kill to have the opportunity to plant up something like this!Best BrackenB. Racken