THE GARDEN SO SUBLIME IT SEEMS TO BE ON ANOTHER MORE HEAVENLY PLANE
FIND GORGEOUS, old STONE WORK: Pillars, columns, fountains, pots. If it's new, you brush the stone with buttermilk and ground up moss, blended in kitchen blender. It 'takes,' (in spring and autumn at least, just not in full sun.)
TRUCK OUT TO THE COUNTRYSIDE and find BOULDERS. Or buy them from a boulder builder.
MANY ANTIQUE PIECES of stonework ARE AVAILABLE at RECYCLING YARDS. Google RECYCLED or "ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE" along with your city's name.
HADDONSTONE's in Colorado is worth a drive with a truck and a few quilts. . They have fine, carved stone COLUMNS available among other things. You want to check out its catalogue or website.. When they have a sale, things go down to half price, and this happens quite often. Be sure you know when it happens. Make pals with the sales people so they'll clue you to the next big sale. And just fly in to Colorado and make an order. They truck it to your door when the check clears.
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If you live near the Mexican border,there are stone work yards down there. Bring photos of what you want they can make it for you. Now that we've got NAFTA, they can truck it to you.
LIGHT THE PLACE UP WITH LANTERNS. Be sure you have SPEAKERS IN the TREES NEAR the HOUSE wired for MUSIC.
Have ourdoor lights, low-voltage garden lights, either as spotlights on huge tree features or as path lights, which are little tasteful lamps on a stick.
POOL FEATURES, Geometric small pools with fish, running BROOKS, Even dry brooks "Faux rivers" banks flowing with waving grass and boulders.
Go to Architectural Digest, find article that has phrase Outside Time and Place-- Classical Forms Rise Up in a Once-Arid Corner of Northern New Mexico
Read article, view slide show. WOW. Haddonstone provided temples, fountains.
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