Earlier this week I posted about planting creeping fig in an attempt to incorporate some Southern charm into the landscape around my home. I mentioned being inspired by glimpses of the gated gardens of Charleston, South Carolina. Many commented about their own love for Charleston or a wish to visit there themselves. Bonnie even suggested a lovely book about a Charleston garden (which I will most certainly read)! Allison, one of my newest blogging friends, mentioned a desire to see more of my own Southern garden. So here it goes!
After pondering Allison's request, I came up with many reasons as to why she would be disappointed after seeing my garden.
1. I do not really have a garden. (I use the words garden and landscaping
2. I am not a gardener. (I am in awe of those of you who are true gardeners.)
3. My landscaping has many imperfections. (Did I mention that I am not a gardener?)
4. This summer's drought really took its toil on my landscaping. (a.k.a. garden)
5. Fall is not the best season for show-and-tell. (See some of my spring posts.)
However, as I have said before, I am a very transparent blogger. I am not afraid to show the bad as well as the good in my blog. Keeping that in mind, I took a little evening stroll around the house trying to capture some of the Southern elements of my landscaping.
A climbing camellia is actually a regular camellia that is pruned to appear to climb the brick wall.
The Adirondack chairs are not a Southern element, but the view is!
What Southern garden is complete without lots of ferns? I just wish I could get mine to grow as big as the ones in Charleston. Any ideas?
Of course every garden needs a kitty or two. They are perfect for catching pesky voles.
Every Southern garden needs roses! Since I am not a gardener, I grow knock-out roses. These are easy to grow and smell wonderful.
This is a picture of the alcove area created with our addition. The creeping fig is on the wall that cannot be seen. If you look closely you can see one of our Southern enemies...Bermuda grass! It invades every inch of our landscaping. Does anyone have suggestions on getting rid of it for good?
Our fall-blooming camellia is full of buds this year.
Camellias truly are southern shrubs that I cannot get enough of.
As you can see, my alcove is not big enough to be called a courtyard, but I just love the character that it adds to my home.
Look! I found a little surprise! I noticed my first fall camellia bloom during my evening stroll. (Thanks, Allison, for sending me out to photograph my landscaping!)
I love this time of evening during the fall months. The air has a certain woodsy scent that one can just inhale deeply to melt away the stress of the day. Maybe I was wrong...maybe fall is the best time in my garden/landscaping/yard. And, maybe...just maybe I'll turn into a gardener when I grow up! When under the influence of this autumn air, one begins to believe that anything is possible.