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Thursday 12 November 2009 - Filed under Gardens

rooftop garden, greenroof
Work has been winning the tug of war for my time these days. I’m so behind on my internet duties! However, looking back on days where time was not so tight, I was able to walk to work, and was pleasantly surprised by gardens I pass by all the time by car, and never noticed until I was on foot. I’ve been checking out this rooftop garden. I’ve always been curious about what’s up there. A few weeks ago, I got to tour the building next door, the breathtakingly beautiful new Ziba headquarters. I did my best to be well behaved in the elegant museum like space, but when I realized I was on a balcony overlooking the rooftop garden I’ve been curious about, I couldn’t help but scramble up the deck furniture to sneak a peek over the edge.

rooftop garden, green roof
Turns out it’s not that fancy looking, but it is I’m sure environmentally friendly. Still worth scaling the walls a tiny bit to check it out.

On foot, I had the opportunity to sneak a camera over the top of the privacy fencing. I suppose that’s kind of spying, but I had to see what was going on with all those trees pruned into perfect cones. You can’t tell from the picture, but these trees are not conifers. I can’t remember anymore what they are. Beech maybe? I’ll have to go look again.

The view was worth risking getting caught snooping. I’m sure I just missed the people lounging with summer cocktails on the patio.

balcony garden
Bamboo on the balcony. Always looks fancy.

Closer to home, there’s a residential center for paraplegic people. I was happy to see a healthy collection of raised beds overflowing with vegetables behind the building, next to a patio barbecue setup. I would imagine it’s therapeutic for the residents, plus a good low cost way to raise healthy food in a business that probably operates with limited resources.

Looking forward to having the time to catch up on all your wonderful blogs. How is it already the end of the week, and already mid November? Wow time flies.

2009-11-12  »  megan

Talkback x 5

  1. tina
    12 November 2009 @ 7:58 am

    I say if you don’t get caught of pry into anyone’s private space then go for it. Neat trees. They sure make a sculptural statement.

  2. Grace
    12 November 2009 @ 10:26 am

    Hi Megan~~ I’m behind too. It seems to be a perpetual malady lately. I’m glad for the residential care center’s garden but that substation so close with its magnetic field, scary. Love the photos. My opinion is that you’re doing nothing wrong. It’s not like you’re casing the joint. ;)

  3. Loree
    12 November 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    Too funny you and your snooping. Thanks for taking us all along and risking being caught in the name of garden pictures. I wonder if anyone you’ve “snooped” had ever seen their place on your blog? This is such a small town, only about 3 degrees of separation I’d say.

  4. Marie
    15 November 2009 @ 11:06 pm

    I’m more of a decorator snooper then a garden snooper. I love to drive by houses and stare in the windows to see what colors they have chosen, themes they are following, furniture they picked. I have decided that as long as I don’t get out of the car for a closer look, I don’t really have a problem… let’s just hope I don’t get into a wreck!

  5. Karen
    22 November 2009 @ 10:19 pm

    As you know, I whole-heartedly support this pursuit. Maybe once you finish launching Plant Lust, you can have a subsidiary site, Plant Spy? It could include reader-generated content as well as your own forays? Funny about the alluring rooftop garden that turned out to be a bust. Guess it is just a “green roof” and not really a garden after all. The pruned cones are funny, all that formality hiding behind chain link seems a trifle silly. Good luck beating back the work monster and hope you get a break soon!