Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Life on the Harlem terrace


It happened. The transplanted Brooklyn Abraham Darby is in bloom (it arrived bare root in 2012 - and was my second A. D. The first didn't make it). It is one of two survivors of That Winter (the other is Windermere, and I wasn't mad about that rose: Windermere was a bit of a wuss in its pot high above Henry Street - too hot, I think. Now, with four hours of sun (it hurts me to say it) it looks quite dewy and lush).


 The sun starts to touch the Harlem terrace around midday, and instantly the Abraham Darby droops in the sudden shock of heat. Late July will be interesting.


We had supper outside, eating some potted smoked trout on fire-grilled bread while we waited for the lamb chops to cook with their terrace herbs: marjoram, oregano, and thyme.


Our little black friend joined us.


Yes, we shared.

22 comments:

  1. The terrace is looking lush :)

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  2. Looking at this makes me really happy :)

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  3. I echo Val's comment. The terrace is looking lush. Plus, Storbito is looking guapo as usual.

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  4. I shouldn't be surprised, given your gardening expertise, but the terrace looks phenomenal!

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  5. I really love hearing about your new terrace and your new neighborhood.

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  6. Your efforts have certainly paid off on the terrace. Estorbo was being such a polite guest.

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    1. For an animal with his vocabulary, he is very polite.

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  7. LOL, look at that face! He's thinking, come on don't be so skimpy with my treat! A king needs to eat.

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    1. We can't decide if he's the king or the jester. But he ate, alright.

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    2. My son was recently elected Prom Jester, and he and Estorbo are two of my favorite people in the world, so I vote for Jester....

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  8. Oh! It looks lovely! Been meaning to tell you - I suffered a rush of blood to the head a while back and bought a bare-root Abraham Darby! It's in a pot and has healthy leaves. I'll try to keep it so.
    Storbie looks well.

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  9. Marie, hats off... your terrace looks gorgeous, and very inviting! Well done you :)

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  10. Beautiful!

    Nancy Mc

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  11. Loving the terrace...its gone from bare to lush and inviting. Enjoy!

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  12. It never ceases to amaze - just the other day, covered with thick snow and now ! A blooming miracle !
    But then the gardener is special......

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  13. Gorgeous - so lovely to see your new terrace's transformation in stages & kisses to Storbie - LOVE him xoxo Susan & les chats of Rue LeNoir

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  14. Just found you a few day's ago and have to say that your terrace looks wonderful! I love roses and have a few and now I'm off to read about Abraham Darby :)

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  15. It shows how a beautiful flower or a garden can change the mood, can add great ambiance to the place of cozy and lush. Great terrace an great garden indeed.

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  16. I purchased an Abraham Darby rose on your recommendation. It came in a tiny pot in April. It has now produced 2 gorgeous blooms that I immediately cut to place in our home. Hope it likes heat and humidity in Augusta, Georgia! The scent and color is everything you described.

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  17. This terrace is such a precious gem! Beautiful creation Marie :)

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  18. Your terrace looks amazing with all the plants!

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