Saturday, May 14, 2011

You Can Get It If You Really Want

Japanese Painted Fern and White Garden rose
Climbing Garden Rose Bush
Sweat Pea Seedling
Clematis and Wisteria amongst Hydrangea and Peony bushes
Finally I was able to work on my border garden behind the studio. It was a perfect day for it with the cool damp air beckoning oncoming showers. I went to Crest Garden Center at Crest Hardware in Williamsburg on Metropolitan where I loaded the cart with all the essentials and more and more and more! Some people have a problem when they go to the mall, my impulse shopping is in its full glory at the flower market and garden centers.
Let me start by explaining that my backyard border garden is not really "MINE". It's the closest thing I have to a garden in NY but it does me well. When I moved in I immediately spotted two abandoned and polluted borders below the fire escape in the car lot that had a few hostas and sedum tragically making the lamest show one could ever imagine for any border- even for a back lot to a raw industrial building.
One summer I made friends with local construction workers nearby who told me there was a garden up for grabs before they levelled it with a bulldozer. I threw my back out on that one uprooting heirloom climbing rose bushes, peony bushes and even a large pear tree. The only survivors of the lot were the climbing rose bush which is now a monster invader and the small peony bush which has yet to show it's potential. Both must love Williamsbug in any of it's toxic soils. My loft neighbor explained that the ground that I was so lovingly tilling and planting was contaminated from the building's former life and wished me luck. That was several years ago. I never gave up and kept hauling bag after bag of fresh new garden soil. Since then I have made homes to two more rose bushes and hydrangea bushes. The past month I have been germinating seeds and nurturing them into seedlings which are also in residence downstairs. Today I fed and pruned the rose bushes and tied them up to start training them over the door and eventually into an arbor to shame all arbors! I cleaned the ground and transplanted the sedum to make way for some haut toit members of the crew which include wisteria, clematis, Japanese painted fern and lace-cap climbing hydrangea all obtained from my favorite neighborhood garden center(Crest Hardware) where Finn the bird always talks to me and the staff know their shit. It's an exciting day at the car lot!!!!!!
As Jimmy Cliff says:

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you'll succeed at last..........

............Rome was not built in a day
Opposition will come your way
But the hotter the battle you see
It's the sweeter the victory, now..........

.............You can get it if you really want - I know it
You can get it if you really want - though I show it
You can get it if you really want
- so don't give up now