The story I had wanted to share in today's blog entry is about my journey in procuring this type of lighting, and it is something that I truly think would be appreciated by anyone coming to terms with how they have evolved esthetically. However, an event, that is impacting New York City and its surrounding areas, as well as much of the eastern coast of the United States, has caused me to decide to leave the insight brought on by the string lighting installation in my terrace garden for next weekend's post.
The event that has preempted the intended content of today's posting is the preparing for Irene, a hurricane, which, according to all reports, will be barreling down on the area where I live late this evening, throughout the night and all of tomorrow.
The photograph by Juan V still relates to today's post but in a far different way than I had planned. The elegant and tranquil — yet joyful spirit — of my garden shown in the aerial photograph of the garden with the string light installation has been replaced with a spirit of anticipation and some anxiety over the prediction of possible severe wind damage which could be a result of Hurricane Irene; therefore, I have done what I can do to protect my garden (hence the delay in today's posting).
For example, in my garden, I have an antique fireplace fixture which normally "houses" the planters that contain my Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender) and my Lavandula dentata (French Lavender) as seen in the photograph (where my Echinacea insisted on being a part of the image) directly below.
This unique fireplace-fixture-turned-garden-ambiance-setter has been in my garden for years. Early this past summer, it was moved from the west side of my garden to the north portion of my garden (where an old fashioned sign had been for many years as discussed in a blog entry that you can find by clicking here) and it is very securely hooked over the railing which goes around my terrace. Not wanting to take chances, in light of Irene's intended wrath, I have moved it to the "floor" of my terrace as indicated by the yellow arrows superimposed over the photograph below.
Additionally, I brought the plant stand for my Tropaelum majus (Nasturtium), the stand for my Rubus calycinoides (Ornamental Raspberry), my outdoor chairs, and my marble table top inside my studio apartment, leaving only the table's heavy pedestal (lying on its side atop the "floor" of the garden) outside (indicated by the purple arrow in the image posted above).
I have moved my 'Tamukeyama' (Japanese Red Maple) along with my beloved Blue Shag pine towards the door that leads from my garden into my studio apartment, hoping that by their being close to the wall, they will be protected from any objects which might fall as a result of wind damage brought on by Hurricane Irene. However, my Japanese Larch (Larix Kaempferi), my Rubus calycinoides (Ornamental Raspberry), my Acer shirasawanum (Autumn Moon), and my Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Vine) moved inside. It was not an easy decision as to what herbs, plants, flowers, shrubs and trees to bring inside because I did not, and do not, want them to go through any shock being brought inside, especially after they have thrived so well this season. All of my efforts to have my garden hurricane-ready were prompted by the following email that I received late last night from Juan V:
Having heeded Juan V's advice, my garden is as braced as it can be for Irene, and as for New York City itself, as of noon today, The New York Transit system (aka The M.T.A.), whose slogan is "The M.T.A. — going your way" , stopped going our way, by noon, having already shut down all subway and bus transportation, as per their announcement which you may read by clicking here. Area railroad companies followed this action by shutting down train transportation and all the airports are closed."I just thought I'd send a quick reminder to bring in or secure any light weight loose items that you may still have out on your respective terraces &/or gardens. With the possible severity of the impending storm these items could easily become projectiles. It's much easier to replace a fallen/cracked pot than a folding chair through a living room window. Also, it would be wise to remove any pots &/or decor from walls, stands, etc. A good rule of thumb may be if a single person can lift and move it then a 100 mph. gust can.I know that in the city we are already limited in the interior space that we have, so in regards to large pots & furniture use one's own best judgement. If possible slide these items to a less exposed area in your garden or up against a wall.Hopefully we'll look back at this email as only another silly reminder of the storm that never was, but with a hurricane of this potential magnitude it's best to do what we can to keep our families, friends & pets safe. Thank you for your time and I hope to speak with you very soon."
Yesterday folks were clamoring to buy what was left of any batteries that were available — in the event of a what could easily occur as the result of any hurricane devastation, and that is a power outage. Other folks were crowding the liquor stores as well as the speciality boutiques that sold coffee, making sure to purchase items in order to have "other types of batteries" on hand. There did not seem to be a general sense of panic in New York City, even though, when it comes to impending weather conditions, people can exhibit strange behavior.
Thankfully, I am not the type to feel the edge of a knife while expressing my disgust at cell-phone users insensitivity! Instead, I allowed my court-yard neighbor's "X" markings to prompt me to put some tape on the windows of my door as seen in the photographs posted respectively below: