Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Terrace garden - rainwashed in Harlem

It has been raining. It has been cool. After the summerish humidity that came before, it has been wonderful. Forests and parks and gardens and waste ground are sucking up the moisture with cup-draining sounds. It was dry for a long time.

The white spidery stuff around the skylight  - I must tuck it in or store it. It was to deter the kitty from squeezing under the deck. One day there might be another kitty - not yet; do not send kitten pictures - so we will keep it, in case, but it spoils a picture.

Everything has grown. Stray fennel seedlings are offering feathery, free height and will be interesting, later in the year. A catnip seedling germinated, self-sown months before we knew that lovely cat was to die. Verbena bonariensis has given me a dozen free offspring, but  I'll snip this year's flowers before they set seed.

There are Nicotiana from last year, too - summer will reveal whether they are respectable green langsdorfii or monumental, white sylvestris.

The jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) plants look like small trees, and I am hoping for a squadron of hummingbirds, this year, to vibrate among their branches.



  1. If you don't want kitten pictures could we just send a kitten?

  2. It's a slow way back. I am glad you are taking your time. xo

  3. Everything looks very green, lush and healthy. When you're ready a cat will find you.

  4. Everything looks so good and healthy, and it's come on strong in May. Good to see!

  5. The terrace is beautiful (as usual). Just the mention of Estorbo brings a smile. Maybe a tear too, but most of all, a smile. What a character he was.


  6. Where are you standing when you take these pictures? Are you up on a roof again?

    xo J

  7. Where is your composter?

    1. I will tell you where the composter is if you tell me who you are.

  8. Leslie in OregonJune 4, 2015 at 1:37 AM

    I did not discover your blog until your cat was gone, but I was drawn by your mentions of him in the first posts I received. I gather that his name was Estorbo. He is mesmerizing in the photograph to which you provided a link above...very beautiful in his stillness, his eyes full of light as he watches the hummingbird. I am so sorry for your loss, but so glad for the time you shared life with this magnificent creature.


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