Thoughts and Digressions of a Public and Private Gardener
You've done such beautiful work here, Michael, the only thing I dislike is that straight edging/border on the Boccelli Garden (in the first photo) ...could it not be curvaceous? Forgive me, I'd never be able to do what you've done, but the bed there looks resticted, as if it needs to jump out of its lines. Forgive me, your work is so fine...
Hi Faisal,I never thought of making that edge curved. That garden is 16 ft x 60 ft. There was once a house on that site and we used the existing granite foundation (which was not in that exact location) to make the edge of the border. There were a lot of long straight pieces that, along with the retaining wall perpendicular to the sidewalk, suggested to me a straight edge. You have gotten me to try to think outside the box or literally, the rectangle!! I appreciate, value and respect your constructive criticism. Thanks very much. All is forgiven!!
You know the site better than I do, Michael, and judging by the harmony of the whole, I'd say you've done the right thing. Forgive me for jumping in blind.
Faisal, I am grateful for your discerning eye and welcome more of your input. I invite you to keep jumping!! Thanks very much.
Hi Michael: I'm back. The Catalpa. b. 'Aurea' coppice is gorgeous; I'm envious; the foliage gets "buck-shot" by September here. Do you have problems with it in NH? And the Solanum quitoense: how did we ever get alone w/o it? Congratulations.
Hi Louis, glad to see you are back. The catalpa gets too large and out of scale in the border, so I cut it back again in early August. it works out well because it puts on a final flush of new foliage that looks fresh at the end of the season. Yes, I am a big fan of Solanum quitoense as well. It looks especially nice with Aster 'Little Carlow' this year. The velvety purple-tinged foliage compliments the lavender flowers of "Little Carlow perfectly. So nice to hear from you!
I was recommended to your site via Mrs. Gordon. The tall flowers in you garden that look sort of like Bird of Paradise but smaller, what are they called? And, in one of the pictures of the Boccelli garden, there are tall pink flowers sort of like an orchid/dogwood flower. Do you know the name of those? They have them in front of the elementary school and I would love to plant them next spring. I have just moved to Peterborough from NYC and love gardening. The house I am staying used to have a private gardener but has been let go for decades. I am looking forward to doing a lot of planting in the spring. Thank you.Kat O'Brienobri8927@yahoo.com
Hi Kat,Welcome to Peterborough! Some of my favorite public gardens (Wave Hill, Conservatory Garden in Central Park, The high Line) are in NYC. The plant with pink flowers is Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'. I think the plant you are thinking of in my garden is an annual vine called Mina lobata. Best of luck with your garden.
Thank you Michael for your help. The Mina lobata is beautiful. Certainly one I would like to try and plant for myself in the spring. I do not think that the Anemone is what I saw at the elementary school. This was much taller, more delicate, and a pinkish petal with 5 (?) petals. I did not wish to go walking though the bed for a closer look. I will check again next time I am at the school. I have been cutting down some brush where I am living and found a sad apple tree. Do you know what apples have red patches through the fruit? I have never seen an apple with red inside of it.Thank you,Kat O'Brien
Hi Kat,That plant at PES is, in fact, an anemone. I just walked over to confirm. I don't know much about apples. Sometimes those gnarly trees in the woods make interesting trees when they are given space and light. Good luck!
Thank you very much for that. Did not mean to make you hike on over but thank you very much for that!Kat
No problem, Kat, it was my pleasure.