The wild and wonderful wisteria covers the gazebo behind the horse barn. Some serious early spring trimming allows entrance to a circular seating area and welcome shade.
Some iris rescued from the hillside that was dismantled for the studio prosper in their new spot. They make wonderful cut flowers, and a nice bouquet came indoors to be viewed at the dining room table.
The flowers for drying will soon be planted in these oval beds visible from the deck and many southern-facing windows in the house. Preparing the beds is always a lot of work.
Our neighbor, Bill Elmer, mows the back yard, with the studio and in-law apartment in the background. He has been our steady helper for almost 30 years. We had our lawns treated for broadleaf weed control, and an applicator estimates we have over 75 thousand square feet of property that we mow during the season.
A new light-weight tiller was a welcome birthday gift for Marcia. She is very happy to join the big Troy-Bilt tiller that Bill uses in the vegetable garden.
The studio was built by New Energy Works (Timberframers, Housewrights & Joiners) as an addition to the west end of our existing house. The timberframe structure is 23 x 33' and was built using reclaimed douglas fir timbers. The interior cabinetry was made from reclaimed rustic beech, and the countertops
from Australian Jarrah wood. The construction started in April, and we moved into the studio in August 2007.