Monday, November 25, 2013

The Dry Creek Bed

This view is too pretty not to share!
I took this photo on Friday from the little 3rd floor balcony off my studio in the city.

The flush of color dressing these oak trees was so intense the photo hardly captures it.

Out at the lake, there was quite a lot of rain and wind last week.
We arrived in the dark on Friday night, so when we opened the blinds on Saturday morning, it was a surprise to find the big Hackberry tree in front of the house was suddenly leafless.

We had finished part one of the dry creek bed last week, but I forgot to take a photo.
 And now it's under a yellow blanket...

Until the leaves are dry enough to blow away, it's rather hard to see, but all the big stones from the round tub  I showed in my last post are now in place over the top of the drainage pipe.
 (Yes, it was a back-breaker, plus a wrist and elbow strainer!)

I also started the plantings.  They include cast iron plant (aspidistra), several types of nandina, juniper, variegated euonymus, liriope, ground cover Asian jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), and Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica).

This view shows the path and steps that lead up to the higher level.
Eventually that path will continue to the left, and lead back down to the dogtrot patio area.
I am so fortunate to be married to a man who can lay a dandy path and even create stairs!

In the back yard, he also completed the path to the dock.

I love the beautiful curves.  This going to be another fun area to plant!

 The rains continued all weekend (the lake is up two feet since mid-October!).
Nice timing to send us indoors, to start sorting ideas and materials for the holiday decorations. 
My Mother created this years first vignette in our kitchen window.

Although our chances of snow are very thin,
 and building a snowman zero,
because we all grew up in the north we crave the imagery of a white Christmas.

Our childhood memories (from Thanksgiving through Easter) are of a snow covered landscape.

This little scene brings back memories of real white frosted, icicle trimmed roofs.
 I always loved that magical sparkle tree lights have when they glow through a blanket snow! 
 Wouldn't it be nice if we could import that weather for just a week?

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Stunning - those oak trees!! As I mentioned before, your hardscaping is fabulous! Lots of work, but so important to the landscape.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Suzanne!

  2. What a beautiful home you have with such lovely landscaping and views. You may be yearning for a white Christmas, but for those of us here up North, we've already had more snow than I've ever seen in December and bitter cold temps in the single digits. So if I could, I'd gladly trade places with you.