I designed this very laid-back and flowerful garden a year ago, and we planted it last June, I think. There are lots of roses and perennials and small trees like apple, pear, maple and crabapple, all on the 16th floor. Also clipped yews as hedges and backdrops for shrubs and flowers.
The producer's feet, as she types her storyline on her Mac. We were all barefoot to walk through the immaculate penthouse apartment. Yesterday she filmed a story on New York bees.
Huh. Aphids. Rarely have I seen such a flash mob of the green 'uns. Yuck. I couldn't help myself, and started squishing with a piece of tissue paper.
But look what was lurking! Watch your backs, aphids...Jaws music...du dum du dum du dum!
I have a soft spot for phlox. And phlox have a soft spot for mildew in this weather.
The Hydrangea paniculata was looking very good and quite pink for a white flower.
The pears had pears. Well, four pears. They had more last year, straight from the nursery. They are different varieties, so cross-pollination is taken care of. Too much wind?
The Eskimo Sunset (!) maple was looking very good and happy in its eastern corner.
The leaves have nice details. I get a little tired of the ubiquitous maroon leaves of Japanese maples.
And...I thought I had it. But I don't. I have...forgotten. This wonderful perennial. I am emailing the nurseries tomorrow to get an ID. This was a case of going shopping and using something new because it looked good. [7/8/2009: thank you, Rachel! It's astrantia.]
Here it is underplanted around the roses.
I wasn' t expecting to talk so much, for a programme that is broadcast in Russian, and came away a little hoarse. Having to drum up instant gardening advice for gardeners in Moscow was a bit of a stretch...um? Plyease first to cut hole in pyirmafrarst?
We'll have a rematch next week, after I've done some studying...