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have you received our christmas card in the mail yet? if not, here’s a digital version for you to enjoy:
yes, this is the third and latest addition to our annual holiday yard art series. last year’s fragrance was spice (…and everything nice!), the year before that royal pine. not satisfied with mere yard decorations, we wanted to make more of a statement this time to acknowledge the year of record-breaking drought in texas.
the plants outside are dying
and my dear, we’re still xeriscaping…
but as long as you love me so,
let it rain!
let it rain!
let it rain!
while it is a catchy tune, i’m not sure if our rendition of “let it snow” will do anything to improve what the drought monitor indicates. however, i’m happy to report that as soon as our friends in the b/cs started receiving their cards in the mail today, it started to rain! haha! it’s working…!
now, if only we could figure out how to make them truly scratch-n-sniff…
it’s beginning to smell a lot like christmas… texas style. merry christmas y’all.
somehow amongst all the holiday to-do’s i didn’t get around to sending out our holiday greeting card. so instead of printing them out at home on heavy watercolor paper, cutting them out with an x-acto knife, hand addressing them and affixing a vintage holiday stamp to its corner, this year posting it on the blog will have to do. no matter how you receive this little message, we love you all the same. happy holidays and merry christmas!
and yes, that “tree” is really planted in our yard, the second in our now annual holiday yard art series.
here are a few in-progress pics:
now taking suggestions for next year… vanillaroma anyone?
a few posts back i promised to reveal the “tree” that mr. grwhryrpltd was working on this weekend. he had to take a work trip this week, so progress has been a bit delayed. since it’s not done yet, and i know how much some of you really wanted to see it (ahem, kylie and maggie…), i hauled it into the garden just for fun. here’s a view of the process:
the only thing left to figure out is how to keep it upright. you see, this little tree isn’t meant to hang from the rear-view mirror of a monster truck or lean against the side of the house – it’s going in the front yard. where everyone can see it. nothing like a little lawn ornament humor during the holidays to get the neighborhood talking… i found it very timely that roy blount, jr. has an editorial in the recent issue of garden & gun magazine on the very subject – weird things in your yard, that is:
we don’t believe in gnomes. we aren’t churchy enough for madonna in half a bathtub. my friend ken wells says that when he was growing up in louisiana, he had a monkey outside, living in a hollow television set. we’re not that ambitious.
mr. grwhryrpltd actually got the idea for his lawn ornament from the november ’09 issue of landscape architecture magazine. it featured an article about the international garden festival at les jardins de metis. during the ’08-’09 festival, the design team rita installed passe-moi un sapin rita, that provided visitors with styrofoam trees based on the car freshener variety to plant themselves.
their installation had 100 trees. we only have one. which is plenty, for now…
it’s beginning to smell a lot like christmas…