Friday, December 5, 2008

Aging Gracefully


This fine old Victorian home sits prominently near City Hall and the old Carnegie building. While the bark of this tree looks similar to redwood trees, the foliage gives it away as a cedar. Someone has beautifully planned the garden for year-round beauty, and it was here that I photographed some spuria irises in June. In this view, you can just make out the green curtain of wisteria on the wrap-around front porch.

8 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Beautiful setting.

I am not visiting yet like I did. Just not physically up to it. I am getting better each day.

Halcyon said...

Beautiful! Love the redwood and they smell so good too.

Amy Wachspress said...

Lovely.

Ming the Merciless said...

That is a regal tree indeed. But I would be worried that the tree might topple over the house.

I guess we'll just have to move the house further away since moving the tree is not an option. :-)

Laurie said...

This is a beautiful Victorian. Looks like it could be in South Pas! I'm always amazed when a garden surprisingly produces year round. When we bought our house, I marveled at the odd and magical black monkey grass growing in the beds. White azaleas bloomed in January and February. In spring, the hydrangeas bloomed lavender and big purple flowers sprouted from the lamb's ears and electric violet status bloomed, drying out to last until fall when the monkey grass made little white bell-shaped flowers. And throughout the year, big purplish/lavender and red and green succulants. I don't know if I would have taken the time to make such a color coordinated garden but I appreciate the previous owners' style!

Chuck Pefley said...

We should all age with such grace :)

USelaine said...

Abraham - I'm so glad to hear you are improving. Thank you for visiting.

Halcyon - Well, it's a cedar, but that means it smells even better!

Amy - Thanks!

Ming - It's pretty close, but I think the branches are more stable than redwoods' are. There are plenty of people who are experts at cutting trees down in Willits, but nice try with your idea. 8^)

Laurie - That sounds wonderful! The statice makes a long-lasting cut flower too. My rental house came with all sorts of things for me to discover, including the sensuous lamb's ears. I love to watch the honey bees perched on those silvery soft leaves as they bury their faces in the little flowers!

Chuck - Fingers crossed!

Thanks everyone!

Petrea said...

I agree with Chuck. Would that we could all age so gracefully.