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At Home on a Squirrel’s Tail


This little guy has chosen his home right outside my kitchen window. Always tippy top of the squirrel’s tail, that is his favorite perch. He is there almost every day, many times a day. It is fun to have something to look at outside, a nice focal point. This is my own secret focal point, because you can’t even see this from the street. You would have to walk up the drive and look behind the hemlock tree.  Mister has been enjoying the dozen or so shelled, raw peanuts I set out for him every few days. What should I name him?

Doors and gates of Charleston

A few days in Charleston is all you need to get hooked (for the fourth time or the fortieth).
Here are a few peeks from a random stroll down Church St.  All images by Color Calling.

Charleston courtyard

Typical Charleston courtyard

Charleston courtyard statu

Charleston courtyard, same as above, with close up of bronze child. She is on tippy-toes and still  just can’t quite reach the tree branch! How cute is she?

red door

red door in Charleston

living room

Now, this is what I call an outdoor room! 

close up of outdoor room

close up of outdoor room

black door

black door with freshly polished brass gleaming in the sun

Wooden door

Varnished Wooden door

side porch

side porch

black gate

black gate

silver gate

silver gate

Glimpses of a Spectacular Private Garden

Just returned yesterday from a tour of a spectacular private garden on Lake Martin, Alabama. Images are large, please allow a few moments for them to load. Enjoy!

bright yellow lilies frame a water view Image ©Color Calling

Garden Room at Entrance

Garden Room at the Entrance with large urn focal point Image © Color Calling

Hydrangea above and below Images ©Color Calling

Hydrangea blossom

Purple Clematis Image ©Color Calling


Cherub playing his flute, as a charming fountain Image ©Color Calling

Another garden room with a very different fountain Image ©Color Calling

Waterfall in the Garden Image ©Color Calling

This cave is accessible to the left of the waterfall. Image ©Color Calling

This view is behind the waterfall, from inside the cave! Image ©Color Calling

The large garden, spread over several acres, includes at least two dozen garden rooms, as well as numerous places to sit and enjoy the spectacular vistas over the lake. Here is my favorite part. Can you believe that this garden has a wine cellar?

Beautiful high lake view near wine cellar entrance Image ©Color Calling

The wine cellar is entered from the outside, just to the right of the above photograph. A large arched  oak door marks the entrance (I could not get a photograph of the door due to our tour-goers’ entering and exiting). The cellar’s interior drew special awe from our visiting group of gardeners:

Expansive Wine Cellar Image ©Color Calling

White wines are usually stored near the bottom where it is coolest Image ©Color Calling

Entering the tasting room Image ©Color Calling

Statuary in the tasting room, depicting both saint and sinner Images ©Color Calling

Murals were painted by art students from nearby Auburn University Image ©Color Calling

Returning to the garden, more garden rooms and interesting focal points.

Statuary bust resting in a fern glade Image ©Color Calling

restful arbor Image ©Color Calling

Cool and Verdant Fern Glade Image ©Color Calling

Ceramics are thoughtfully placed throughout the garden Image ©Color Calling

Handrails over steps lead swimmers down into the water Image ©Color Calling

Focal urn at water’s edge Image ©Color Calling


I hope you have enjoyed the tour of this wonderful garden!