I’ve only been at this blog thing for two years so I haven’t figured out how to get text and pictures properly syncronized. (I really don’t like typepad.) That means you sort of have to hunt through the pictures and figure out which is what and I apologize for that.
You can see that only part of the front yard is planted. Remember, I’ve sworn off grass forever; surprisingly, I’m not missing it, but then I never did have a high tolerance for the stuff. I’m still looking for some Coontie but I guess it’s early for the nurseries to carry them. I also plan to put in some cool succulent ground cover in keeping with my attempts to mostly xeriscape the place; I have dozens of little starts taking root in left over cinder blocks filled with jiffy mix in the back yard. The neighbor gave them to me and I broke them into pieces- they already have tiny roots on them.
The room that has the Frank LLoyd Wright table was formerly a small back bedroom and the house stopped there. The new addition has made the hallway wider and longer. When I find something that suits our taste we’ll hang it in the big spot on the wall. Actually, I’m waiting for it to find me, so it could be bare for a while. So, off the right is the kitchen and then that nice little library room, on the left is a nice guest bedroom and there’s another bath back there at the end of the hall and also a laundry room, and then our room.
This smaller piece of art, done by a British artist, found me last year and I knew I wanted it for the hallway.
You’ve already seen the new bedroom at the end of the hallway; that has a large bath with green sea glass in the shower, a walk-in closet and a screen porch, aka, the kitty litter room. The front of the house remains unchanged from it’s 1920s bungalow layout with a small sunny parlor on the far left, a living room with fireplace and a dining room, that now has doors out onto the porch.
The little paved area with the fountain is an area where I have planted flowering shrubs that are fairly drought resistent and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The orange milkweed is tucked in there at the base of the feeder post (I need to rig a better feeder; this is temporary) and it’s there for the Monarchs to eat and build cocoons. In the next few days I hope to get the little bubbling fountain working; I laid the conduit with cord in a trench before the pavers came and put in the walkway and I even got it under the front sidewalk but I’m not certain how to splice the plug back on the electrical cord so I need go to Home Depot. You know- I can do it and they can help. Then there’s another view of the porch; you can see my wicker work station tucked back into the corner there.
In the back we recycled the decking material that was there prior to construction and extended the deck over to the stairway to Rich’s office. Now he has a nice enough view- I took the view from above pictures from his office landing- but in a couple years, with luck, the tree fern and palms will grow, the honeysuckle will find it’s way up some lattice against the back of the house and the flowering shrubs (also for birds and butterflies) will take hold and be fuller and taller. Along the side of the deck I’ve started a fern garden with 5 or 6 different kinds; that one area has inground irrigation that uses reclaimed water. In time, I’m hoping that everything will grow big and lush and we’ll be sort of tucked into our own little tropical forest with birds and butterflies. That’s probably too much to hope for; prayer might be in order. And now that I’ve spent these last six months focused on me and us, I need to get back to some kind of work with other folks. Today, I’m planning out my schedule for summer zoo camp where I’ll be teaching inner city children the differences between a rat and a meercat.