Wednesday, March 17, 2010

a few pots


This morning I saw daffodils. And lines of Canada geese in sky, headed north. Spring is in the air!

My gardening friends are generally blissful at this time of the year ~ ordering rose bushes and planning their herb gardens. I have often lamented that living in a 500-sq. foot studio, I can not share in their excitement. Until now. I recently proposed to my condo "green" committee the idea of container gardening on the roof. Well, they loved it, and tapped me to head the initiative. We'll keep it simple at first ~ reusing terracotta pots and planters usually filled with petunias and scraggly looking shrubs. Then, if the project catches on, incorporating larger containers into a redesign of the roof landscape.

To be honest, I have no idea what I am doing, but if they can make The High Line work, I think a few pots on the roof will do just fine. I would love to know if any of you are involved in similar projects.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

12 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

You have a 1 bedroom -not a studio! The best part is you have a seperate kitchen.....I wish everyday I did. Anyway - loving this idea.....it can't be overly complicated can it? If you go to the Martha website -they have a few 'hot-to' articles on container gardening that might help - even vegetables!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

correction - hoW-to...

Tara Dillard said...

ArchitectDesign I think your spelling was best the first time!

JCB, you have any friends driving thru Atlanta soon? I have a couple of really pretty, large pots you can have. Traditional looking terra cotta, but made of lightweight foam.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Gretchen said...

I am so excited for you! And you have great sun up there, so the sky's the limit.

Myself, I have big plans for my little backyard plot. I'm thinking adding a lot more herbs (sage especially, lemon verbena too). More borage. And experimenting with new vegetables.

Look forward to seeing what you do.

BWS said...

Love those pots & the idea is spot on...

pve design said...

Start small or you could have "the little shop of horrors"
Even the smallest garden can be most rewarding!
Love the idea, so politically correct!
pve

little augury said...

This sounds like a wealth of photo ops have been created! I think container gardening is perfect- no weeds. It is that time of year, here there are flocks and squawks of birds in trees refueling. My dafs are getting obscene, time to thin them with a picking. Look forward to your fruits-as it were.

home before dark said...

Oh, what fun. Just a lovely example of blooming where you are planted. Looking forward to watching this project grow. Be sure to look into water drainage issues and roof protection from such.

Janet said...

Thank you all for your comments. All very helpful and inspiring!

Stefan ~ thanks for the MS reference, I will check it out.

Tara ~ how amazingly generous of you! I am not sure how to get the pots from Atlanta to Washington, but will think. There are existing containers on the roof, which are what we plan to use for now.

G ~ I think we will have a lot of herbs too. And tomatoes. I can't wait to see the dandelion garden!

little a ~ I am glad the daffodils and birds have found their way to you. Hurrah for spring!

hbd ~ I may pick your brain about just such things...when it comes time to plan for the larger containers.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Janet, I'm a sucker for a pretty terra cotta pot, and with my busier summer life in recent years, I no longer garden except the pots. Pity you aren't up here...Almost time for Marden's Surplus & Salvage to get some pots in...last year I bought the most heavenly Italian terra rosa pots, very barely damaged (gently aged) for $3.00 apiece.

You go girl

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Chicago is the green city and has lots of green roof projects if you are looking for inspiration. And lots of new books geared to homeowners have been coming out so there should be something at the library. You want low, spreading plants that can take sun and lack of water: sedums.

glp said...

what a wonderful addition to your rooftop! i love it. here is a link to a very inspirational roof garden:

http://www.yougrowgirl.com/thedirt/2009/06/26/roof-garden-tour-june-2009/

i'm trying to figure out how to store claire outside while i start preparing out little lots!