I wanted to experience snow. You can understand a girl from Hawaii's longing for a lovely white winter. Well, I just survived a historic snowy winter in the northeast. Being hit by two humongous 'snow hurricanes' can dampen one's enthusiasm for snowfall. I'm ready for spring. And spring has finally arrived at Hallelujah.
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My Townhouse Garden at Hallelujah
I celebrated the new season by putting in a new garden behind my townhouse. The former rose garden was taken down for the winter and starting over gave me the opportunity to try a different concept in garden design. This garden would capture early spring. The trees will be in early bloom and bud. And, rather than formal, it would be a naturalistic garden.
A naturalistic garden is a planned garden that appears to have been the result of nature and not of human hands. Such a garden has three levels. The top level is a canopy of mature trees. At the garden entrance are two large blooming hawthorne trees providing the canopy. In the middle level are a large number of smaller sapling trees, also hawthornes, randomly planted, mostly in bloom, but some in leaf bud. A ground cover of naturalized red and white tulips is the lower ground level. The ground is shaded by the canopy. As a finishing accent, the garden opens up to a delightful field of yellow daffodills.
I am thrilled with how well this garden turned out. It's lovely.
The Garden House is a Swedish Lusthus designed and built
by my dear friend Jaysun Dagger.
The garden is a wonderful place to just park yourself. And my neighbors will love the beautiful views of the garden looking out from the windows of their townhouses. These townhouses are now available for rent.
The Garden Opens to a Field of Yellow Daffodils
A view from inside the garden house.
Jaysun dropped by the garden for an afternoon tea and a serving of pie.
Miyamoto Musashi, my little pug dog, has a case of spring fever after having been cooped up in the townhouse all winter. Musashi took to the garden right away. He enjoys digging up tulips and chasing the chipmunks and squirrels. During the spring and summer, Musashi be will living outdoors, roughing it in the garden.
Jaysun built Musashi a cute little doghouse; a doggy lusthus, actually.
At night, the garden is magical.
For the fashion minded reader, I am wearing an outfit from Zaara called Anjuna. Anjuna was designed by Zaara Kohime, owner of Zaara, and sells for L$280. Zaara offers Indian flavored designs blended with a modern aesthetic. Its a wonderful place to shop and browse. Anjuna consists of a bright block print tie on shirt, a white tank, and white drawstring pants. The tie on shirt is available in red, blue, and green. I am wearing red.
The hair that I am wearing is marvelous, isn't it? Its called Alicia and is available at DrLife for L$350. Alica gives you 9 colors - red, silverin, platinum, honey, blonde, black, brown, golden brown, and dark brown. Colors are changed by menu. If you see Leena Ying, owner of DrLife and my best friend, tell her you saw this hair on Mariko's blog.
Drop by Hallelujah and take a walk in my garden. Aptly enough, I'm located in Hallelujah's Garden District. If you want to join our community, there are a number of lovely rentals available. You can also hang out at the Jittery Junco Coffee Shop and become a Hallelujah regular. Come and see why Hallelujah is such a special place.
The spring trees, tulips, and daffodils were purchased from Green and Wild Garden Center.
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My Hallelujah Townhouse (July 15, 2009)
Garden Party (July 19, 2009)