Monday, May 14, 2012

Encinitas - The Anatomy of Desire- Fantasy Gardens

"About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs."

~Manalo Blahnik 

Shoes. Landscapes. The anatomy of desire is the same in all endeavors where humans participate.   

 Is it just me- or does this gate look like something from the set of Game of Thrones

 Scientists may someday discover that Garden Tours cure loneliness. 

When the birdhouse is lavished with this sort of attention...  

Ever consider pots as sculptural elements in the garden? 

I do believe 'Midnight'- our long deceased black cat, is reincarnated.  With all this lushness- Encinitas is kitty heaven.

The elephant fountain is a bit of whimsy in this roomy garden. 

Gardens aren't just for keeping busy. They are to enjoy. A chair, a table and two vanity stools are at home outside. The mirror, reflecting the greenery, punches the vignette as though it were a large painting.

If you only knew how steep the path was leading to this spot- you would know how appropriate the mountain goat is):- 

All this red lava reminds me of childhood hiking over ancient lava flows.  In a smaller garden, the coloration would overwhelm. Here: it adds to the fantasy. 

If your home is a tropical resort- this might be what it looked like.

Agricultural wheels, a remnant of the agricultural past carried forward to the present.

Looking up to where the office, with its own deck, looks down.

Blue roofs are an architectural element that is hard to pull off. But when it is right, it is oh, so very right.

One more post to go in this series.


  1. So many different elements in this tour. I like that image of garden tourists and that artful arrangement of cactus.

  2. I noticed that there were quite a few Cactus-type plants in that one picture---Always happy to see that in a garden....What A FANTASTIC place this is, Lydia....!

  3. What is a garden, but humility?

    XO T

  4. OMG! LOVE the tropical setting for the pool! Beautiful cacti and succulents.
    You did good at getting all those photos!

    Hugs, Trisha

  5. Lydia,

    Where is this? Very pretty pictures.


  6. Hi Everyone. Thank you for writing in. All the homes on the Garden tour are in Olivenhain- a picturesque enclave of Encinitas, which is on the coast in Northern San Diego County.


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