It is the typical lament of the garden worker that spring is just nuts. As much as anyone else I am prone to the insanity of the sudden onset of additional work. I am already craving simplicity and quiet again — this garden brought me right there.
Who says we need more than a couple chairs, some grass, a hedge and a few treesWe try to work so much in to our limited areas, but this reminds me that maybe we just don’t need to. This doesn’t need weeding, and so much of the rest of the maintenance we ascribe to our gardens. And it just makes me feel like breathing easy.
How about you — does the simplicity of this appeal?
Images: Rees Roberts + Partners LLC
How about this little slice of inspiration for monday morning. Landscapers are always trying to get architects, homeowners and builders to involve them earlier and more holistically into the process of site design and construction….and it often doesn’t happen. So this notion of integrating gardens and greenery to an even greater level seems particularly remarkable. I do hope we start building more homes like this — if you were a green-starved city dweller — wouldn’t you like to live here?
This Tokyo townhouse was designed by Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa.
images from iwan.com
Luke Dixon is an apiarist, an apiculturist, a caretaker for bees – I call him a B-man. His new book, Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities, published by Timber Press, is all about urban beekeeping and not only is it full of helpful advice for urban beekeepers but there are case studies of beekeepers (including me!) all around the world. Luke is here to share with us a little about what it is like to be in the garden with him.
How would you define your style?
I build little gardens to provide inner city oases for bee hives. Plenty for the bees to forage on and plenty for the city dweller to look at.
Do you have a garden of your own?
I have over a dozen hive sites in London, and each reflects the limitations and possibilities of its individual location. Many are on rooftops and terraces, where space is restricted and and wind can be a problem.
Do you have any favorite or sentimental plants or flowers?
Buddleia is wonderful for the bees and will grow anywhere, but as my chimney sweep says, they have destroyed more of London than the Luftwaffe did in World War 2. Lavender is always a favourite – the bees love the colour and the smell, as do the office workers nearby.
What is your earliest or favorite gardening related memory?
Picking cherries from the tree in my parents’ garden.
What are three cardinal design rules that you apply to outdoor projects?
Low maintainance, year-round flowering, highly scented plants.
Thanks Luke! – R
images: Top: Provided by Timber Press, Middle and image of Luke Dixon by Daan Verhoeven and bottom by Liz Turner
Have you ever considered giving your deck a twist – literally? The idea of changing up the edge, putting some plants beneath and making the whole thing more exciting seems like it might have application beyond the top of a building in Greenwich Village, NYC.
I would perhaps try this for a ground level deck or a deck that had or could have irregular edges. Perhaps in a prairie style garden? Would you consider this in a design?
designed by and images from graftworks.
I just discovered Penelope Green’s article titled On City Roof Tops, Scrappy Green Spaces in Bloom in the New York Times. (It is from last summer…so I guess I am a bit behind). I wanted to point it out to you, because I love how it shares spaces that were created long before it was cool to create roof gardens. The problems of gardening in the harsh rough and tumble climate that exists on the tops of buildings have been solved by real people (not the pros) – the pioneers of resourceful gardening.
It’s worth a read — and a flick through the gallery of great and gritty gardens.
Image by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Have you taken down your holiday decorations? Mine are long gone, but I can’t help but post this front landscape and accompanying roof garden (resplendant with pre-holiday decor) because not only is the garden just so cool, but I kind of love the way the pointsettias and the pretty stars play to the landscape in such a charming way (even after the season!). It is place appropriate holiday decor at it’s finest.
This home belongs to Adrianna Lopez (who is clearly my ‘orange door’ soul sister) of Long Beach California, and was featured today on Apartment Therapy (see the whole house tour here).
(images Marcia Prentice via Apartment Therapy).