Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Roof garden lawn

From my early schematic on paper to real lawn under my toes...nine months.

I am rather happy with how this rooftop garden turned out.

I checked on it today as we have some pests on the beech trees - spider mites - and took the opportunity to walk barefoot on the soft, lush lawn. In the idea above, I had more gravel planned for a kitchen garden, but the owner preferred more grass, and so the main herb and fruit area became green.


I wish this box hedge, below, would grow faster...but we will wait.

To help the lawn along I've been a bit of a lawn Nazi myself (not the kind that advocates ripping out lawn and replacing it with vegetables) and am insisting on a plank for the next couple of weeks. No squishing!

Now it needs a serious trim. The smell of cut grass on the 12th floor.

11 comments:

  1. That looks beautiful! So thanks to you, New York is starting to look like Babylon? :)
    I love the fact that you made it all rectangular. Seems to me that it suits NY very well.

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  2. I thought as a Lawn Nazi (term coined?) you were asking people to walk the plank!

    Toes in grass indeed. My grass post is late in coming...

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  3. Swooning over the weathered water tank, the idea of walking barefoot on lush grass high above all that concrete, close to the sky...

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  4. thanks for the inspiration.and for raising the bar so high! tho' i'm a florist, gardener,former chef and all around domestic goddess,you present your life so beautifully,i'm both exhausted and excited to sign on every day (or several times a day to be honest and to know there is someone out there doing it more than right.

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  5. Beautiful! What a great career you have.

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  6. That roof garden is stunning. You must be delighted at its sucesss

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  7. ah, a safe place to go barefoot in the grass. this is a really striking design & execution. it is great to have a look in.

    what is the glass thing on the "floor"? is it a skylight to below?

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  8. HI Martin - yes, I was rather rigid with layout :-) I'm doing my best with Project Babylon :-)

    Frank - Ha! Indeed. Look forward to your grass opining. Way too much bitching going on these days about it. I mean, I get it, but c'mon...moderation, common sense, pleasure. You can't pitch a tent in the vegetable patch. Or lie on the zucchini gazing at the stars.

    Hi m. t really did feel like an illicit pleasure!

    flwrjane- hello, and thank you. Sounds like time you started a blog!

    Pam - it's afun job. Not really a job at all.

    Hen - thank you! You can visit it soon...xxx

    Donna - guess what...there is a darg...

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  9. arg, a darg. the grass will not be safe for long.

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  10. that looks lovely and must feel wonderful under the tootsies! two questions present themselves: what does one mow a rooftop lawn with? and, if the d.a.r.g. has access to the lawn, presumably he/she will want to "use" said lawn...can such a shallow lawn sustain being peed and pooped on?

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  11. Paula - it remains to be seen...A previous "doggy lawn" installed specifally for two Yorkies, has to be re-patched every now and then. This darg is walked regularly, so I'm hoping we'll be ok.

    We use nail clippers for the lawn :-)

    Weed wacker or old fashioned push-mower

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