Not something I'm about to do, but heck if it gives the gardener pleasure?
In a part of the world where growing many types of grass is a challenge, I've got to hand it to someone who installs stairs that are made of grass, and finds the perfect chairs to sit down to enjoy it all.
In Dallas, like so many other areas in North America, homes are razed and new monuments are built to celebrate the importance and wealth of their owners, so I was surprised to see that this old pump house had been preserved, restored and repurposed. Look how the architect had used old bits of concrete in such a fabulous way. And, as you can see - it looked good, both coming and going.
And right next door was an excellent example of modern architecture that fit beautifully into its landscape. This is the street side:
the creek side:
There will be a prize to anyone who correctly identifies all the building styles used here.
From the sidewalk to the circular drive - so much good stuff to look at, you'd never even know there was a Bentley between the curb and the front door! (and there was another one in the garage with a Rolls to keep it company in case it got lonely.)
Off topic, but just had to show this photo - my one regret is that we didn't get to spend more time here. A private garden of 8 acres of complete serenity - we had 20 minutes......so lovely.
And finally, one more check in my box of expectations - a yellow rose! And a beautiful English style garden which must be complete madness to maintain in the fiercely hot weather.
Now, the next three are all from the same garden - a garden that grew as the owner just kept playing Monopoly and adding to his domain. Once again, there's that pull of conformity and then...
...placed around the garden were these little vignettes. Every time I look at this photo - I spot another little something I'd missed before - I swear he's got a piece of my old bathroom floor - it's exactly the size and shape of the one we were missing in our first house.