There is a special state where worries are flushed away by the shear beauty of lush tropical plantings fill the air with color.
In the corner of the state is a waterfall that fills a pone where a family of growing koi lap in lazy loops around the dozens of aquatic plants the Knigge's have collected.
This is not just a state of beauty; a reminder of the homeowner's vacation on a peaceful Central Java Island, the beauty begets practical benefits.
The nutrient rich water feeds the plants with all the trace nutrients that are needed to maintain their health and vigor.
On the patio table is the picture of the swimming pool that was walked around far more than it was swum in when its age was going to require major modifications. A detailed list of visiting birds.
With a love a nature and a desire for a retreat from city life, Larry and his wife decided on a design which is an homage to her Indonesian heritage.
They named the garden Balifornia- for the Bali Hai state of mind crafted in the heart of Southern California suburbia.
From a lounge built for two the couple counts the birds- and their own happiness.
Bending indoor and outdoor living in our moderate climate allows Southern Californians to bring furniture and decorative touches most of the world can only dream of.
Design Notes: Tropical plants are compatible compadres. Lushness does not require fence to wall greenery. It requires healthy specimens and the recognition that unless you are going for the look of a sand dune- nature abhors a vacuum. Mulch not only conserves water- it conserves energy by keeping down weeds.
We have a few more gardens to gander. I thank you for your patience in all this- in every way, this is the busiest time of the year in the life of gardener and garden communicators- of which I am both.
Until next time- thank you for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful.