Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The view from my tub!- Desiree
I have a jacuzzi bathtub that sits in a corner in my bathroom under two huge corner windows. I knew it would be a wonderful area to look out onto as I soaked in my long luxurious bathes at the end of the day so I planned the landscaping carefully! The area on the eastside is the rose garden and a japanese maple which fills those windows with foliage and colorful blooms. On the southern side I planted the lawn and a Pistache tree (pistacia chinensis or chinese pistache) that I dreamed would grow and shade the window and provide a canape of color in the Fall. Flash forward into reality! Who has time to soak in a bath these days and the water waste is more than I can justify unless it is a special treat or I have to just stop and relax once in awhile. The pistache tree I bought (not during color) turned out to be such a disappointment. Known for their amazing colored leaves in the fall I has often dreamt about looking out onto shades of scarlet, crimson and orange during the fall. After 5 years of waiting and watching the tree never colored up in the fall. It would tease us by starting to look like it is going too and then drops all its leaves just about the time we were starting to get excited. I have written about this tree many times in my journals. This year my husband decided we were going to cut it down and plant another one which we will buy while they are in fall color. I think the tree overheard him because shortly afterwards there was a blast of color, not the color I expected but wonderful shades of gold, and orange and pink. I now found myself sitting on the edge of my bathtub painting in my sketchbooks and for my International postcard exchange. I had our Christmas pictures taken under it and photographed everyone sitting amongst the leaves, standing next to the branches etc. The day after I painted this we had very high powered winds and the tree that finally colored up had dropped almost every leaf onto the lawn below, the yard was a sea of gold! I did document this special occasion, through photos, paintings and journaling,its so exciting I had to share with you!