All is Green

We had some very English weather for most of last week and rain at its end, so now everything is very, very green. And of course it is mid-June, not mid-July or -August, so that’s just the way it should be: lush. My garden is just about to move into its overgrown phase, so I’m going to spend the day trying to tame it, but first a few pictures. There is nothing I like better than an ivy-covered “feral house”: here is my favorite and on my way to the Post Office yesterday I discovered another one. This little brick building has been vacant (at least on its first floor) for quite a few years, and now its entire back–and chimney–are wearing green. It was a funny day–one minute it rained, and then the sun popped out for twenty minutes or so; it was humid and then almost chilly. I was running around town taking “now” pictures for several upcoming posts and an exhibit on the Great Salem Fire (fast approaching its centennial anniversary), but I stopped along the way to take some pictures of green wherever I found it: on this little building, in Forest River Park, just walking along the sidewalk, in a beautiful Federal Street garden, and in my own backyard.

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6 responses to “All is Green

  • cecilia

    I just love it when buildings get covered in ivy, it is such a Forgiving look! c

  • thesalemgarden

    I love the green, we waited a long time for it! We were at a yard sale on Chestnut Street yesterday and I thought of you, lots of older history related books that you would enjoy. I hope you got there too!

    • daseger

      After cleaning out my basement and attic for several weeks I was determined to avoid it–I’m sure I missed out but you can only collect so much stuff!

  • Brian Bixby

    I’ve heard different arguments about ivy on brick buildings — that it digs into the bricks and, more so, the mortar, causing them to crumble, from moisture as well as the plant; or that it actually helps hold the building together and protects it from erosion.

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