Egress windows are a great safety feature in basements. I believe in them and hope I never need to climb out of them. With that said they don’t need to be ugly concrete walls either. This setting is close to the property line and visible from the street so I wanted it to look nice and yet be able to get into the backyard. A bridge over a rock garden is the perfect solution.
This sunken garden will grow into a lush green fern, ginger, hosta and astilbe shade grotto. Visitors love walking across a bridge to get into the back yard. The fun begins in the front and the troll is gentle.
This morning I was at a long time clients, 1998 or so, deadheading and detailing her rose garden for the daughter’s wedding Saturday afternoon. The rose garden in a front yard was challenging to design, but it has provided so much pleasure and now a wedding. Wow. What better way to be proud of what I do and the beauty it adds to a home and family memories. I wish the heavenly old rose fragrance could be conveyed in this picture.
Kelly will be married under the rose arbor.
I have learned that Cactus are quite polite and genteel. Each plant has bloomed one at a time waiting for one to finish blooming before the next starts. My last, the prickly pear is just starting to bloom. The first blooms were coral orange and today they are yellow.
I’m sure that over the years, cactus have figured out that they need all the insects they can get when blooming so to compete for bugs is a losing battle. There is a message here for us too.
My client wanted a front yard that has low maintenance, no grass, low water usage and reflected her profession as an acupuncturist. Her symbol for the business is the Chinese sign for tranquility, so we put it on a metal disc placed in a new gate entering the private garden area.
The low fence around the graveled area is the same design as the gate. It gives the garden a finished look
You see Microbiota decussata, a low conifer, by the path as well as purple heuchera. A Pinus strobus ‘Pendula” (weeping white pine) and a Nyssa sylvatica (Tupelo) are in the background. A large existing Magnolia is showing above the gate.
This gate was made about twenty years ago and then mounted it in a stucco wall. I couldn’t part with it when we moved, so I yanked it out of the wall, patched the stucco and brought with me when we moved to our mid century home. After agonizing over how a new frame would look, it seemed that a stylized torii gate (that’s the part that holds it up) would be appropriate for the age of our house.
When I had this gate commissioned, the idea of making such an investment on art seemed kind of crazy to me. But I’d been dreaming of the design for months and and it just seemed so right. I’m still grateful after all this time that it’s with me.