I think this rose is supposed to look like 4th of July fireworks. Red and white striped is certainly appropriate, and it's a vigorous climber with canes of 12 to 14 feet that would stand out in any garden. A 1999 All-America Rose Selection, 'Fourth of July' was the first climber to make the AARS award in more than 20 years. Judge John Mattia called 'Fourth of July' "the best garden rose introduced in the last decade," and he said it's "an eye-catcher" in all parts of the country. Fragrant as well, and it re-blooms after the first flush. This firecracker was developed by Weeks Roses.
It's a five-flight walkup, but yes, who wouldn't give anything for this view of Boston. The fortunate who live in this building were fortunate to have Carey Erdman of Erdman Design in Boston install this rooftop garden, shared by the residents of the building.
The owners wanted a space that complimented other gardens in the South End neighborhood, mostly brownstones, shown here. Note the evergreens in the top photo -- Hinoki cypress, Thuja nigra and 'Emerald Green' arborvitae -- that screen out other "eyes" and provide interest in winter.
But it's pretty much a summer garden of colorful plants: mandevilla vine, geraniums, coleus, salvia, ivy and more. And in the far corner, you'll note the Japanese maple in the container, which will be perfect when it gets a little more growth.
Well worth going every year on the South End Garden Tour.
This garden is in the backyard of a South End Boston townhouse ... opening out onto the narrow alley. Pete Cadieux and Jim Douthit of A Blade of Grass in Wayland, MA, saved an old mahogany deck, but more or blasted out the rest of the area and created a modern garden room off the back of the hosue.
It's useable in the cool springs and autumns because of the fireplace, and the water feature makes the small space feel larger, as you can hear the water flowing -- and cooling -- when the weather finally turns warm in late spring.
Douthit and Cadieux wanted to source corten steel in back of the fireplace, but there was none available, so, at the suggestion of the homeowner, they opted for plexiglass, which is working fine, and it's also in back of the water feature.
Just to the left of the boxwood in the above photo, a cedar surround hides the a/c units, and they are only noticeable when you stand right next to them. This, after all, is a garden that's obviously aimed at conversation and entertaining.
There's just a glimpse in this photo of the old, original mahogany decking -- and although Cadieux & Douthit installed the cedar unstained, they were recently surprised to find that the owner decided to stain it a reddish-brown.
Beautiful details in this garden ... and the plexiglass is a great idea.
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I went on the South End Garden Tour in Boston last weekend, and again, it did not disappoint. What I love about it most is the eclectic nature of the gardens, all of them rather tiny and mostly in backyards.
You always see something you don't expect, like the stainless steel trellis in the photo above. I haven't seen anything remotely similar in the scores of gardens I've toured over the years. And expertly crafted details, of course, are what makes great gardens great.
Maybe not exactly a "detail," but the ivy is covering a metal structure and divides this townhouse backyard from the adjoining one, providing some privacy in the dining area. I liked the fact that there are two bump-ups on either end instead of just a straight line across.
The owner of this garden put in steps and paving of Silver Mist flagstone, which has a glittering quality in the sun, and it certainly lightens the dark corners of the back patio.
The only other time I've seen something similar is in the new-ish Monks Garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where the landscape architect specified bricks made of micah schist -- glittering, too.
images: Envision Landscape Studio - click to enlarge
This Danville, CA, design by Colin Miller of Envision Landscape Studio in Walnut Creek won a Gold Award this year from APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), and it's no wonder that Miller was also named 2014 Designer of the Year.
Stucco walls and planters contain the steep slope, which was planted with grasses and perennials to extend the view out into the hills beyond. The modern stainless steel and Ipe water feature cools the environment, and the arbor in the first photo, also constructed from steel and wood, provides shade from the hot sun.
Miller made use of existing concrete walls that were retaining the hillside, and he also left in place the concrete paving. Stairways connect to paths of crushed rock that wind through the upper part of the landscape.
In effect, Miller created a series of linked garden "rooms" that are large enough for entertaining both family and friends at any time of day or night -- a stunning design perfect for the outdoor lifestyle.
The New York Botanical Garden has embarked upon a two-phase program to document Myanmar's incredibly rich plant life and train botanists there to undertake research and promote sustainability in the country's forests.
The NYBG says that due to decades of isolation, the country probably has the most poorly studied flora in the Northern Hemisphere, despite the fact that it is a major hotspot for biodiversity.
NYBG CEO Gregory Long says that as Myanmar opens up for business, tourism, and research, the country is at a "pivotal" moment for conservation. "The Garden has decades of experience in exploring difficult and poorly understood habitats and helping countries build critical scientific capacity," he said.
Vine Bridge - Myanmar
First, the NYBG will create a baseline of botanical data while training local botanists how to document flora and also work with local communities on conservation and the sustainable use of forest resources.
The progam is similar to an NYBG model in Brazil that was established more than 20 years ago and that is now being used in various tropical areas and in Southeast Asia. Douglas Daly, Ph.D will direct the Myanmar program. "It's an integrated approach," he said, "that considers human and institutional resources as much as it does natural resources." He added that the flora of Myanmar is almost completely unknown and that it therefore needs more than just botanical exploration. Dr. Daly has worked in tropical forests for more than three decadaes and he specializes in the frankincense and myrrh family.
This book was originally published a few years ago -- a coffee table book -- but it's now available in this smaller format hardcover version, and anyone interested in landscapes or architecture wouldn't want to be without it.
As the late landsape architect James van Sweden says in the foreword, "Confident and unafraid to obscure his architectural designs with trees or to create bold splashes of color with plants, he created layers of beauty that resulted in a seamless exchange between inside and outside."
Beautiful color photos illustrate Wright's ideas. At Taliesin, he wanted a great view from the living room windows, so he dammed a stream to create a pair of lakes and planted huge bur oaks and white pines. He designed planters, statuary, and stained glass windows to complement his gardens, and many of them drew their inspiration from nature.
The book includes a number of his landscape "plans," and they are a testament to simplicity.
There's also a section on Wright's favorite plants, and some of his landscape design tips. They sound very simple, yet they're worth repeating, such as "Take as much interest in the house surroundings as you do the house interior," and "Expose the house foundation to show where it meets the ground."
You'll want to take this book along with you whenever you visit a Wright property -- it's a great reference and will remind you that although he's celebrated as an architect first and foremost, his landscapes were just as important.