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?
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.
Typical Charleston courtyard
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 in Charleston
Now, this is what I call an outdoor room!
close up of outdoor room
black door with freshly polished brass gleaming in the sun
Varnished Wooden door
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 the Entrance with large urn focal point Image © Color Calling
Hydrangea above and below Images ©Color Calling
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!