With so many obstacles—deer, groundhogs, rabbits, bears, cold long winter, unpredictable weather, etc.—gardening in the Catskills is not a piece of cake. But with a little perseverance and patience, the rewards are spectacular!
I know is it odd to open a post with a mass of gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides), the dreaded plant that I warn everyone to keep out of their garden. However, in a situation where I want a dense groundcover where there is nothing else that will require little to no weeding, it is great. it will hold a bank, looks good all season and even providing beautiful fall color. My clients call it the soufflé because it often has a fluffy/lumpy top that looks, well, like a soufflé.
My client did this beautiful barn renovation so that the "barn bed" that has daffodils, daylilies and Black-eyed Susans providing a succession of blooms, really sings, especially tiered with the goosies. We just extended the barn trifecta bed to the end of the new wall.
The meadowish treatment, clearly visible in the 5th photo was an experiment with interspersing different grasses and forbs into an existing hay field to see if we could get something nice without having to kill everything first and go through the whole meadow creation drama. It is OK I think.
Before the rains swept in.
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Little guys a bit sluggish in the cold morning temperatures. #basiliongardens. #catskillgardens. #autumngarden ...
Time to make the doughnuts. Winter pruning. #basiliongardens #catskillgardens ...
Ablaze at night for no one
An evening primrose
Got a SHAGGY HEART? Trim & clean that baby up. There’s only 3 weeks left for that “Summer Romance”. Get with it. #topiary #topiarygarden #heartsabound #showyourlove #catskillgardens #foodforthought True ...
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We did a huge project last year with many walls, paths, steps and naturalistic plantings. We are not taking care of this property so I don't get opportunities to photograph it. I stopped by on a whim on the last day of September in the middle of the day and took a bunch of photos. There is so much going on and it is hard to capture. I was so excited see it looking so spiffy.
This huge rugosa garden (not my idea!! - I tried to talk the client out of it) was created 6 years ago. It is such a beast to keep looking good.
this is year 4 for this meadow-ish experiment. we used all plugs or divisions (no seeding) and planted it in some crappy top soil. it has still not filled in to my satisfaction and reseeding seems to be slow, however if the f-ing critters didn't wreak so much havoc, it would look a whole lot better; of course, the photos were taken to make it look its best!! every time I try something in this style is a scary and daunting task.
Each flower is a portrait
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The Annual Andes Library Benefit Garden Tour is this Saturday, 8/6 between 11 and 4. Garden tours are that greatest way to spend a day exploring different neighborhoods, seeing people's properties and some varied and beautiful gardens. This tour has some new gardens this year and some that I am very excited to visit. A couple I have been admiring from the road for years.
Go the Andes Library in the heart of the village to make your donation and pick up your map. Be sure to come see me at my garden. Coming to my garden first would be a great start.
See you soon --- Mel
Oriental Poppy ‘Royal Wedding’. #basiliongardens #poppies. #catskillgardens ...
Late summer garden, mixed border. #basiliongardens. #catskillgardens ...
Roof rafters in place! It’s been slow going when it seems like only a few hours go by with out rain for the last couple months. #snakethorne #gardenhouse #timberconstruction #windowhouse #tinyhouse #catskills #greatnortherncatskills #hudsonvalleygardens #catskillgardens ...
Allium Siculum . #basiliongardens. #catskillgardens. #alliumdays ...
Arrangement from my own little garden . As always leaving room for the butterflies. #basiliongardens #catskillgardens #cuttinggardenlove ...
I stopped by this charming cottage where we put in this little garden last year and was delighted to see how great it looked. The clients are great and have been taking care of it so I hadn't seen it in a while. We are going to do more work on this place when the septic is replace but I love the building and setting. If you scroll to the last 2 photos you can see what it looked like before we started. I think it is really fun to see the "befores" viburnumgardens
we are still maintaining and tweaking this expansive project that was installed beginning in 2011; I was playing with some before and after, google earth shots, my design drawings, and drone shots; it is the only example project I have with all of these views. It is amazing to me to see how close the design is to the results from above and it is so cool to watch the transformation over decade.
we were engaged by these lovely folks to help revamp and maintain their terraced garden. over the years we added a lot things, removed some things, pruned and moved stuff around. we added some rocks and gravel here and there. they typically have a lot of deer damage but when we visited the other day, it just looked great and I was inspired to take some photos and share them. we did not design the garden or build the walls but I think the overall affect is really nice.
I rarely post images of brand new installations but this one is really special and I am very excited about it. We got the opportunity to design and install a beautiful landscape for a village property with a great client. We got to start with a blank canvas and create paths, a courtyard, patio, pergola with swing and several matrix plantings that I can't wait to see in their full glory. There will be multiple framings for sculptures. No, the hose holder is not a sculpture.
Thank you leokoenigart
I can’t really take much credit for this but sometimes when I go to our front door I am just awed; actually, it would be quite different without years of tweaking and stewardship but nature gets the real kudos.
3rd year for this very informal treatment of this country home; complete with coffee cup and dogs. I am very happy with it
🐝POLLINATOR FLOWERS 🐝
To make a praire it takes a clover and one bee.
One clover, and a bee.
The revery alone will do,
if bees are few.
Dandelions are among the first sips of spring available to our bee friends, and largely set the tone for how the season will go. No dandelions, no bees, no pollination, no garden.
Wait for these guys to go to seed before mowing or pulling, the bees will thank you by energetically pollinating your garden and giving you a bountiful harvest. 🙏👌
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Scenes around the garden in morning light. #carterburdengallery #nyartistscircle #catskillgardens ...
Very fully summer in the Catskills. Come on up and sweat like mad then go jump in the creak across the street 💦
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Scenes from the garden. Every year the plants put on a different show with many of the same characters while new stars emerge… the veg garden is prepped and planned for a tightly packed cohabitation of greens, cucumbers, tomatillos, corn, squash beans, and of course tomatoes. Then any inch not filled will have flowers. The Chestnut tree blooms at the stream looking like some fantastical planet earth we live on.
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On the job companions. #basiliongardens. #ducksofinstagram #catskillgardens ...
Hope springs eternal. #basiliongardens #catskillgardens ...