Rooftop Haven

This spring is a new adventure for us, since we moved from our big old house on ten acres with various perennial beds, the sprawling black berry bushes and cultivated blueberries, the field of wild flowers and surrounding forest, to our new apartment. Despite the downsize our desire to garden is still a strong impulse. Although novices to potted gardens, we are pleased by the possibilities on our sunny and spacious second floor deck. Already we have planted veggies for now, and later, and flowers to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. IMG_9352

Although the view from our deck is quite lovely, with a thick bank of evergreens, a sprinkling of crab apple trees and a distinct and distant mountain top, we decided to grow some tall flowers to create a more enclosed and private deck space. I’ve also started sunflowers and cosmos; if all goes well both will grace us with their unique charms later this summer.

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Growing tomatoes in Vermont is hit or miss. Season are often too wet or too cool, too dry or too short. There is blight and Japanese beetles to take down the best of your crop. Most summers it is nothing short of a miracle to collect a handful of sun-ripened tomatoes to add to a homegrown salad. But, feeling positive, we thought, let’s start with a heirloom, organic black cherry tomato variety, which purports to be disease resistant, and promises to fruit by late July. Basil and chives are happily grown in pots, and as we are already cooking with these herbs, they easily found an honored place on our deck.

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Let’s talk lettuce! We opted to fill our largest planter with several organic varieties and have already had several salads right from this healthy happy bunch!

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Flowers are for beauty, bees and butterflies. Flowers cause us to stop. Breathe. See. Flowers are endlessly giving. After a long white winter we crave all the color we can sprinkle around our deck.  “Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers” (May Sarton). Vibrant. Brilliant. Shocking hues. We are brought back to our senses around flowers.

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On every table top and in every corner we have placed potted flowers. Each one gives another pop of joy and promise that June is on the horizon. Already we are enraptured with these wonders!

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Our rooftop deck is our haven. One that provides beauty and sustenance. It is mid-May, and we have just begun to enjoy our time in the sunshine!

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14 thoughts on “Rooftop Haven

  1. Great minds think alike, I’m filling my pots right now too. I’m stealing your idea about the lettuce pot – what a great idea! :)

  2. I know the feeling. We moved from a huge house with a pool to a condo. But I still have flowers in pots and small beds with hydrangeas and annuals. Best wishes for making your new place feel like home.

  3. First off I have to say how much I like your sun hat, I’m looking for a new one and that would fit the bill nicely :) Loving your potted piece of heaven, lots of greenery, some snacks at hand (crossed fingers the tomatoes come good) and wonderful flowers. Sounds perfect to me!

  4. Great post — I was planning to do one about ours as well; we live in suburban NY with a nice top floor view of the Hudson River.

    I work in, and share, a one bedroom apartment so we are desperate for color, sun, fresh air and the extra space of our balcony as well. A friend came over last week and commented on how much our potted Alberta spruce had grown in a year — it was so sweet that someone even noticed…it sprouted tons of new growth last week and I love seeing that. I so enjoy choosing each summer’s flowers and seeing the pleasure they bring us for months.

  5. I have a grown garden & mostly grow veggies in big pots. I also do this with lettuces, Swiss chard, etc! I have grown with success cherry tomatoes, yellow pear shaped mini tomatoes, etc! Good Luck with it all! 👻👻

    • We were so pleased with our first season, that we will definitely start again next spring! In the meantime, we will maintain a small indoor herb garden over the winter months. Such fun, right?

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