Roses forum: The garden in late summer

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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Aug 17, 2019 12:42 PM CST
The weather has been good to our Hudson Valley garden this summer. The roses are still blooming beautifully, but I thought I'd show some photos of the garden as a whole instead of the usual rose portraits I post.


The enclosed courtyard; I designed this garden in 2013...

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Another view...

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The Three Sisters

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The potted garden...

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The canopied fountain, which I converted into a raised bed this season...

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The gated courtyard...

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The garden gate...

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My garden helper, Sprite, giving me advice on the middle garden...

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Sprite, waiting at the top of the steps...

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The upper garden...

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The upper fountain...

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One of the shaded beds...

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Aug 17, 2019 1:41 PM CST

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Absolute perfection!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 17, 2019 2:37 PM CST
Your gardens are a real treat to admire, and I am glad to see you and Sprite looking so well.
Porkpal
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Aug 17, 2019 7:37 PM CST
They're beautiful, Mike! You've really done a ton of work!
Name: Jim
Central Pa. (Zone 6a)
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jim1961
Aug 17, 2019 8:40 PM CST
Awesome Mike! Everything looks great!
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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MargieNY
Aug 17, 2019 9:24 PM CST
Absolutely breathtaking - very impressive Mike.
Observe, observe, observe
We are fortunate to "see" & appreciate nature in ways others are blind.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Aug 18, 2019 1:14 AM CST
Oh, Mike!!! That was spectacular!!!! So well thought out and executed! You are a wonder! Lovey dubby
Name: Merlena
Oklahoma (Zone 6b)
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MGKing
Aug 18, 2019 12:55 PM CST
It's all very beautiful Mike, very impressive!
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Aug 21, 2019 8:53 AM CST
Thanks for the kind comments. The gardens have really come into their own this year. I planted them five seasons ago after moving 200 plants from our former home to this one, and they've settled in and matured nicely. Plus we had an early and very wet spring, so everything is very lush this year.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Aug 21, 2019 12:24 PM CST
Mike - that sounds like a LOT of work! Blinking But it sure paid off! Big Grin
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Aug 21, 2019 12:32 PM CST
Mike your garden better, in most ways thana formal city garden here, God has blessed you greatly. Thumbs up Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Aug 24, 2019 10:47 AM CST
I agree with everyone. You've created a wonderful landscape that must be so enjoyable.
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Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Aug 25, 2019 6:26 PM CST
Mike, I have been wondering how you were, what you were up to and how your sweet beastie was doing. So nice to see beautiful pictures of your yard and your sweet beastie.

Oh, those hostas and hydrangeas. Just gorgeous! OK, tell me about the large (what appears to be) deep pool like structure you have. Is it a pond? It looks empty at the moment. The walkways are so beautiful. So very peaceful. Yes, as Zuzu stated, your yard is pure perfection. Just beautiful!
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Aug 28, 2019 7:29 AM CST
MBN,

That fountain was designed and built as a fish pond in 1931 for the original homeowners, Gustav and Marion Fleischmann, of the Fleischmann yeast and distilling company. The company's largest manufacturing plant was located in the town where I live along the Hudson River, from 1900 to 1977. I still have the original blueprints for the fountain, which was designed by the Fleischmann Engineering Department. I restored it two years ago by cleaning out the underground drain pipes and sealing cracks in the cement walls. The underground electrical wires for the pump were severed about 20 years ago when a new retaining wall was installed in the middle garden, so I haven't been able to refill it yet, but plan to.
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
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vaporvac
Aug 28, 2019 10:14 AM CST
That's interesting as I usually associate them with Cincinnati. We have a Fleischmann park near where I live and there are still many descendents around. It's fun living in an old house with such history. I also have the blue prints and building instructions for my 1914 house. I with it had the electrical drawings, though! Sticking tongue out I can't wait to see your fountain working again. Mines been down for few years. Sad
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Aug 28, 2019 1:03 PM CST
Oh, how I love old houses. You have to love them in order to live in them otherwise their constant quirks will get to you. Mine was a Craftsman built in 1904. The plans are in a book that shows craftsman homes designed by Henry L. Wilson. Mine was a Swiss Chalet Bungalow apartment house. There were two apartments attached to each other and each had disappearing beds that you pulled out from the wall (not down like a Murphy style). The fronts of the beds looked like a desk in the living room. In the dining room it was part of the china hutch and the third one was in the screen porch. The connecting walls of the two apartments (they looked like houses) were closets (huge walk-in "boudoirs" actually, complete with windows and stairway) so you never heard your neighbor. Storage was even built into the small staircase! It was lovely and I miss that place still! It was number 826 with an estimated cost of $2000 to build. The woodwork was incredible. There were others in our little "complex" and their plans are all in the book. The "wealthy" used to come out and stay there for the winter from the east coast. It was not too far from Kimberly Crest mansion, the Smiley library and other great old houses. You can see parts of Redlands (where this was located) on the DIY show Restored.

Mike your house sounds lovely. Hope, when you finally have a chance to get the pond working again that you share pictures with us.
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Seed Starter Container Gardener Bulbs
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Mike
Aug 28, 2019 4:30 PM CST
VV, the Fleischmann brothers got their start in Cincinnati, and then moved their operations to New York. I visited the former Fleischmann's property in the Indian Hill district of Cincinnati, and it's quite beautiful.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Oct 6, 2020 1:48 PM CST
How goes the garden?
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, New York (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Roses Seed Starter Container Gardener Bulbs
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Mike
Oct 6, 2020 4:04 PM CST
It goes well... here are some photos from this season...

The Lower Courtyards

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Access to the Middle and Upper Levels

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The Middle Level

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The Upper Level

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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Oct 7, 2020 1:01 PM CST
Do you maintain all that by your self?
You have my admiration.

I worked on, installing retaining walls, pavers, and trees and shrubs gardens like that, though none was singularly as large as that and it makes me sweat just thinking of the work , while making me wish I had the oomph I once had , even for what I do have now.
Godspeed . Thumbs up

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