There is a vacant lot at the side of this 19th century building where a penny candy store once stood. The candy store was demolished many years ago and the empty lot has been reclaimed. It is the site of the patio which is in the early stages of construction.
Looking for the perfect spot for the raspberry bush, for now it’s on the rocker which was found in the attic.
Japanese Knotweed is sprouting at the base of the wall. The plan is to put eye hooks in the wall and tie it against the wall with twine.
This wooden arch is from a different building nearby, the owners were replacing their front porch and gave the pieces to the owner of Kiss My Feet. The arch is now at the side entrance abutting the bluestone sidewalk.
A wild grapevine grows around the feet of the sculpture. It was used to make a wreath which was hung in the garden.
Some of the salvaged bricks from the demolished building are stacked neatly, ready for future projects.
The bricks were probably manufactured locally from the clay deposits on the banks of the Hudson River. Brick manufacturers used this clay to produce millions of bricks over a period of three centuries – the last manufacturer closed in the late 1950’s. The Hudson Valley bricks were used in the construction of buildings in NYC.
I think it’s wonderful to see recycled items being put to use in a creative way. I can’t wait to see the finished patio and would love to post some pictures when it’s complete.
© Text and photos by Andrea Giarraputo for HudsonValleyGardens.us