The Dog ate my Homework … Really!

DMy ‘Dream Team’ has been working away on the landscaping plan and building locations for the mountain house. Randy Korando and Dan Cleveland, from Boxwoods in Atlanta, have been walking the property and looking at every angle and incline on this little spot of mine.

Keven Hawkins has been reworking the old garage into a large pantry, a new laundry and best of all, an office and flower arranging area for me. I’ve never had my own area with all of these boys claiming study and work space for themselves.

The  preliminary ‘Master Plan’ was delivered with a warning—’this is the only copy, so be very careful with it.’  Guess what? Janie ate it! I was getting out of the shower when I heard a crinkling noise … Janie had climbed up a chair to see the plan. She loved it so much she decided to eat it. I did manage to find enough pieces to put some of it back together— except the back garden area, she ate the WHOLE back garden. Luckily I had taken a picture of it and was able to Photoshop it back into existence … with the help of my wonderful and brilliant editor. Take a look at the plan in progress.

Cleveland and Randy at work—large empty space just waiting to be beautiful

Cleveland and Randy at work—large empty space just waiting to be beautiful

 

Randy deep in thought—can't wait for the results

Randy deep in thought—can’t wait for the results

The PLAN—Janie loved it so much she ate it

The PLAN—Janie loved it so much she ate it

 

The Fully restored Plan—thanks to my brilliant editor

The Fully restored Plan—thanks to my brilliant editor

 

xo♥, Lissy

 

 

All photos by Lissy Parker for Lissyparker.com—you are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos, just please credit the source.

Happy Birthday!

JYes, it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve enjoyed a little technology break and, most of all, my birthday. I claim the whole month of July for my birthday—got a late start this year and decided to extend it into August. Here are some glimpses of my vacation.

It all started with flowers

It all started with flowers

 

Then, there was the addition of a little bubbly ...

Then, there was the addition of a little bubbly …

 

Then a ride on a new toy—delivered by college son

Then a ride on a new toy for use on these rugged mountain roads—delivered by college son

 

And, a little boat ride through England ...I wish

And, a little boat ride through England …I wish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xo♥, Lissy

 

 

 

Leontine Linens

LThe Leontine Linens Trunk Show Event scheduled for this weekend at Keven Hawkins’ new store, Keven Hawkins Mountain Living, has been moved to Monday’s House of Design (Lynn Monday’s store) located at 334-A Hwy 64 (across from Bounds Cave rug store). Hope to see you there. For more details, see the invitation pictured below.

Lissy Parker blog

 

 

Lissy Parker blog

 

xo,♥,Lissy

More English Garden Style

EWelcome to the main house. The Garden surrounding the house is still very English in arrangement, but the house is all North Carolina. A large circle drive leads you to a rose-filled courtyard and small gravel and stone path. My favorite shapes for houses have ‘H” or ‘I’ floor plans  (sorry for the sans serif capital “I” which doesn’t quite illustrate the concept). The outside is composed of several older log buildings that are connected by a two-story library in the middle. Maybe someday we can tour the inside!

Beautiful peonies lead the way to the main house

Beautiful peonies lead the way to the main house

 

Gravel drive and stone enclosed courtyard welcome visitors to the home and garden

Gravel drive and stone enclosed courtyard welcome visitors to the home and garden

 

Even more roses lead to the front door

Even more roses lead to the front door

A boxwood hedge separate gravel drive and the courtyard filled with hydrangea and even more roses

A boxwood hedge separate gravel drive and the courtyard filled with hydrangea and even more roses

 

Guest have a private porch and garden

Guest have a private porch and garden

 

The front entry is so welcoming—two story library is just inside the doors

The front entry is so welcoming—two story library is just inside the doors

 

The entry is marked by this stone and gravel path

The entry is marked by this stone and gravel path

Stone bridge leads to the path to the back garden

Stone bridge leads to the path and the back garden

 

This stone path winds beside the house and to the river

This stone path winds beside the house and to the river

 

The River literally runs through it ... where is Brad Pitt

The River literally runs through it … where is Brad Pitt

xo♥, Lissy

All photos by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos … just please credit the source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Garden Style

E English Garden Style is flourishing in the North Carolina mountains where a Master Gardener (who actually studied gardening in England) created this beautiful landscape. The setting is off, off, off the main road and protected by large trees and rocks. A waterfall marks the entry of the property and a river literally runs under part of the house—Frank Loyd Wright and Gertrude Jekyll would be so jealous.

The first building you see after you cross the rustic bridge is a small barn that has been converted to a guest house—and then your heart will skip a beat when you view the garden beyond. A stone path and rustic fencing draw you into the locust and laurel gazebo in the center of the garden. As you enter the gazebo, you see a covered swing and a small charming potting shed at the axes points. The bed are all symmetrically arranged in true English style. The beds are a little in need of more plant material now—but the ‘bones’ are all there. Enjoy the tour.

Rustic bridge leads to the English Garden entry

Rustic bridge leads to the English Garden entry

 

Turquoise birdhouses welcome feathered visitors

Turquoise birdhouses welcome feathered visitors

 

New Dawn rose shelters a corner of the Guest Barn

New Dawn rose shelters a corner of the Guest Barn

 

Guest barn is surrounded by roses—the actual stalls are now bedrooms

Guest barn is surrounded by roses—the actual stalls are now bedrooms

 

Large stones and more roses lead the way to the Rustic enclosed garden

Large stones and more roses lead the way to the Rustic enclosed garden

Locust and rhododendron gate and arbor welcome all to enjoy at the front axis

Locust and rhododendron gate and arbor welcome all to enjoy at the front axis

 

Arches are a reoccurring theme in this garden—love the path edging

Arches are a reoccurring theme in this garden—love the path edging

Magnificent central gazebo houses a charming seating area

Magnificent central gazebo houses a charming seating area

Topiary hydrangea and roses encircle the gazebo

Topiary hydrangea and roses encircle the gazebo

 

Small cat or dog resting area is near the gazebo—lucky pet

Small cat or dog resting area is near the gazebo—lucky pet

 

Arbor covered swing anchor one axis near the gazebo

Arbor covered swing anchor one axis near the gazebo

 

Opposite axis holds this tin covered garden shed

Opposite axis holds this tin covered garden shed—rustic tourtiere on the path

 

Al Fresco for tow please ... So need this furniture

Al Fresco for tow please … so need this furniture

 

Espalier Apple trees are within reach of lucky dinner guest

Espalier Apple trees are within reach of lucky dinner guest

 

Every English Garden needs a Knot Garden

Every English Garden needs a Knot Garden

 

The back axis is the gate that leads to the main house ... more to come soon

The back axis gate leads to the main house … more to come soon

 

xo♥, Lissy

All photos by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. you are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos … just please credit the source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July the 4th … Last Year

HHow was your 4th celebration? Rain, rain and more rain was how the story went in North Carolina—I think Noah is coming to get us in the Ark soon.  The usual amazing and wonderful celebrations and fireworks displays were all cancelled this Independence day due to thunderstorms covering the Southeastern U.S.. Here are a few pictures from last year. The rain count is almost 18 inches now!

Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th!

 

july 4th, lissy parker blog, Thank you GOD!

Fun for all

 

Mr. P. wanted to try this so bad ... sorry, for children only

Mr. P. wanted to try this so badly! Sorry, for children only!

 

Off into the sunset

Off into the sunset

 

xo♥, Lissy

 

All photos by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my pictures, just please credit the source.