Saturday, August 9, 2014

Once, upon a terrace...


...a Clematis scrambled up some asters.


An English rose bloomed in four hours of sunlight.


A tobacco plant plotted world domination.


A nasturtium overcame its aversion to sage.


A table was set.


A cat waited.


Wine was poured.


And a cool pool of red pepper soup lay in a blue bowl. 

18 comments:

  1. And readers, far away, drank deeply...

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  2. What do you use as fertilizer? I have a basset hound who thinks anything stinky is delicious. I have tried compost, seaweed and compost tea - all yummy treats to my four legged friend. I would like to stick to organic methods. Any suggestions?

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    1. I'm using Jobes Organics at the moment, as well as seaweed emulsion.

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  3. The French dude is a good babysitter of terraces. It's looks amazing. A shot of it from above would be quite a quite a treat to see how it has come along. So sad that the season is about to come to an end.

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    1. He is! But the season is not even nearly at an end :-) End of November is the end.

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    2. So lovely. An image from above would be wonerful.

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  4. And yes, what dinahmow said, and readers near and far drank deeply.....

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  5. i love the table lamp. it adds a lot of atmosphere. kerosene?

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    1. the fuel is sold as lamp oil, which I think is kerosene, anyway...

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  6. The picture with the tobacco plant is beautiful. All the different textures make a beautiful arrangement. Could you tell me, please, what the plant is at the base of the dill and behind the purple basil. And is that Thai basil? It doesn't look ruffled enough to be Purple Ruffles. Also, as usual, your table settings are an inspiration!

    Nancy Mc

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    1. The tobacco is squeezing out a poor rose bush, Nancy. The purple is regular purple basil, but it is a little hot, I think.

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  7. Everything on your terrace is so rich and full. My garden is dry and tired looking - waves of jealousy headed your way!

    I need the edge of a tropical storm for a two-day soaking. Not hoping ... just sayin'

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    1. Ya - I cheat by watering, of course. Hoping for some rain for you.

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  8. It's all stunning. I say sun, lots of watering and well fed plants. I use Shultz dropper liquid, perfect for all plants and veg the fish emulsion. My question, for all the TERRA COTTA POTS are you presoaking or
    are they a special type/name brand? I ask as one of mine holding my rosemary plants on deck last winter
    started to crumble on side and upward. Any ideas? Debra/ Mass Island

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    1. Thank you, Debra. I use the most basic terra cotta I can find, providing it's made in Italy, which most of them are. I do lose one or two a year to winter, but usually only when the soil has been soaked and then froze, expanding. Some years I have lost none. I must have about 45.

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