Olea europaea


Olive Tree
Photo by Isil

A small olive tree (supposedly hardy here) tops a flowered knoll, rising from a footed stoneware planter. The miniature Italian countryside below contains:

Arenaria montana — Sandwort
Hypericum empetrifolium nanum — Miniature St. John’s Wort
Thymus ‘Highland Cream’— Variegated Thyme
Thymus‘Dwarf Creeping’ — Dwarf Creeping Thyme
Festuca ‘Golden Toupee’— Golden Fescue
Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’ — Scotch Moss
Tiny polished pebbles.

I want houses- tiny ceramic cottages of various sizes, maybe towers and sheds and bridges too- for a landscape. Maybe a wire bicycle too. One foot tall maximum. Weather proof. I need them to make tiny garden villages with moss and little cypresses and things. Instead of stupid gnomes wouldn’t it be nice to have houses? Let me know if you make them.

First- houses under the spruce where the blue jays nest: twigs, moss, pinecones, feather and shells.

Next- after gingerbread houses came animal houses. No more wasted candy, inedible frosting and stale wafers. The first animal house was a pumkin, (peterpeter) with a window and door carved out, seeds for shingles, studded with snacks. Abby the white squirrel perched on top and nibbled it away. (kept her very well.) Another house was cardboard covered with suet and crackers, birdseed and nuts, stuffed with bread crumbs. Little red squirrel ran in and out the door. The crows liked it too.

Later- Paul and Jessica having all the kids make fairy houses in the Concordia garden.
Later- McKnight Foundation Lobby in the Mill City Building.
Recently- Tufa planters with pagodas and dwarf conifers.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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