Went to see Matisse cutout exhibition. Of course, I stopped to visit the garden.
The Sony (formerly AT&T) building, with the Chippendale top, in the upper left, was designed by Philip Johnson, who also designed the original MOMA sculpture garden.
We finished the stone circle last Friday, the day of my self-imposed deadline. Fortunate, because about five inches of snow fell Friday night.
The planned smaller circle to the right of this one will not be. One is enough.
Perhaps I’ll add a few carefully strewn large rocks or a stretch of serpentine wall somewhere to the right. Not sure yet, and I probably won’t know until the snow melts, which may be weeks if the blizzard predicted for tonight ever materializes.
One more day of work and it will be finished, just before a possible snow storm this weekend.
I look at photos of Dutch and British gardens and am a little envious to see how long and gentle their autumns seem to be. Our climate in the Northeast US is vastly different; our foul and stormy weather often comes much sooner. The garden was decimated by snow and freezing rain Thanksgiving week, two months earlier than last year. This is about what remains.
I’d been thinking about making more open space in my garden for a long time … a significant feature, somewhere in the middle. Then Carrie Preston visited from The Netherlands last summer and said, “Why don’t you use more stone. You have so much. Use what you have.” Or something to that effect. I eventually would have done it, but Carrie’s push moved me into action.
Flaxmere, a garden near Christchurch, on the South Island of New Zealand, is a quiet beauty. We visited in February 2014, in the height of summer there. The country has such extraordinary growing conditions, some New Zealand gardens