Monday, June 27, 2011

Soldiers In The Landscape: Formal & Informal

In the city, below, less than an acre.  Keeping a gravel drive BY CHOICE.  Where woodland meets gravel  keeping the frisson 'wild' BY CHOICE.  Feelings of leaving-the-city-behind, the sounds of crunching gravel; driving thru woodland.  (Gravel percolates water, no taxes for stormwater runoff.)
 Adding soldiers, below, to the front parking area.  A zone with more formality.  The stones, known as soldiers, indicate "yes, park here."
Soldiers can be: bricks, concrete chunks, branches, pavers, plates, baby doll heads, half submerged model ships, old farm parts, & etc.
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Garden & Be Well,          XO Tara
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Did you realize the top pic was totally landscape designed?  Including the leaf litter mulch.  It is !

4 comments:

Desert Dweller said...

Interesting - I have to find out if extra taxes are imposed in the SW for increasing stormwater in new construction...hmmm, this may be why SW towns are so lax on requiring water harvesting.

The soldiers - interesting - lined up baby doll heads sounds like you've been to Austin TX or near UNM in Abq!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good Morning Tara!
What a wonderful way to get away from the feel of the city...by just driving up your own gravel driveway. I remember watching the movie "It's Complicated" and hearing the crunch of gravel as Meryl Streep drove up her driveway. It seemed strange for such a beautiful home and such well kept grounds but after reading your post it all makes sense! I hope your day is a good one and a cooler one.
Maura :)

Gail said...

I discovered your blog today and I LOVE everything you do and say from the wattle (they use them in Colonial Wmsbrg to corral chickens), to poverty cycle (hating the slick, overproduced TV gardens requiring no common sense nor ingenuity) to your bittersweet Cat-cat story.
I've told my friends to follow you.

Emom said...

Well organized too...smiles.