The planters are now in place, and today the irrigation and electrical lines were laid. They run under the planters and pop up through their drainage holes.
Irrigation is essential, or you'd be hand watering for about three hours a day, and the electricity is for low voltage up-lighting of key plants. Which I'm going to look for tomorrow.
Although the floor looks and is dead straight, below the pavers the roof slopes to the left of the picture toward a drain. All the planters are in fact different heights, as they sit right on the roof membrane (on tar mats and dunnage for drainage and protection), in order to maximise planting depth. We are not allowed, on this project, to have planters higher than the parapet wall between this terrace the neighours with the brick wall. In a word, lawsuits.
So the planters at this end (north) are shallower, and the planters at the far end (south) are deeper. The two black stripes on the brick wall indicate where a steel I-Beam runs across the terrace, meaning that it has good load-bearing capacity here. Otherwise the planters are against load-bearing walls.
Can't wait to see it planted. Vince will help me scout for some trees tomorrow on Long Island. He won't be touching any leaves. We have a baguette. We have saucisson. We have cornichons. We have brie. We have artisanal butter.
We are prepared.