The Mermaid’s Garden: Full Circle

I know. I know. How much more can we take from the amazing Jill? (Frankly, even I’m getting a little tired of all her wonderfulness…) But enough about her garden and home in Victoria Beach, how about this car??? It’s a 1961 Chevy Parkwood wagon. Not to mention this house, a 1919 craftsman bungalow. Let’s walk down into the front garden, and then along the right side yard.
This is looking down from the front porch into the front garden off her bedroom. Let’s head down there.
Jill has plans to turn this planter and piece of slate into a simple fountain/table by drilling a hole in the center of the rock and letting the water bubble at the top. Can’t wait to see  that!

This is a Sweet Pea Shrub under a bird bath in the corner.

 Jill made this fountain out of a raku pot. A little pump buried in the pebbles pumps the water through the copper pipe, which spills over the edge and recirculates. The hummers go nuts, playing in the little drips. 
Enough sweet stuff. Now things get a little whacky.

These are for real, a couple inside a bird cage hangs outside Jill and her husband’s bedroom.
 “I kind of like the idea that they are not birds,” she said. 
This is just a random iron and enamel butterfly sitting on a little rock under the fountain.

So you are in the sideyard, looking back toward the street at that raku fountain.
 Can you see the abalone shells incorporated into the rock wall? Built by, who else, Jill and her husband.

This is the little garden scene Jill put together outside her daughter’s bedroom. She bought the bust of the woman, and carved shutters, when they lived in Egypt.

This is that same draping succulent (String of Pearls, aka Senecio rowleyanus, thank you so  much, Denise!) that was inside the nautilus shell hanging in her backyard.

This is looking back into her daughter’s room from her sideyard garden.
Yes, this is the same house. Jill, give us a break!! Anyway, onto her son’s garden…
Jill found this pink flamingo at an antique mall in Orange. Her son can turn on and off the lights with a remote control from his bedroom. Beats a night light!

Can you guess what her son is into? It’s not pink flamingos.

Right. Surfing. And his pet gecko.

Lucky, the family’s English Setter, says that you guys have been poking around the yard long enough,
 and that it’s OK if you want to come peek inside.

Walking to the back of the house. We could spend all day in here…

This is the home (one of the photos on the wall in above photos) before there were any neighbors.

These are photos on shelves in the living room of Jill’s kids when they were little.

These are on those same shelves, bottles of sand Jill collected from various beaches she has visited, and surfed, including the Red Sea, Panama, Mexico, Sweden (yes, surfed there), the Canary Islands, and the Maldives. Believe me, your feelings of serious envy are totally normal!!

Now in the far back room, looking out at backyard and the garage area.

Gazing out to backyard at that fabulous outdoor fireplace, which we featured in the first post of her Mermaid’s Garden. Phew! We made it–the entire tour, all the way around this magical home and garden. The only way you can feel better at this point is to steal her brilliant ideas! 

15 thoughts on “The Mermaid’s Garden: Full Circle

  1. Thoroughly enjoyable post as always, full of inspiring ideas!

    So much creativity and quirkiness which I like. Wold love to have that wooden shutters!

  2. Thoroughly enjoyable post as always, full of inspiring ideas!

    So much creativity and quirkiness which I like. Wold love to have that wooden shutters!

  3. She sounds like an amazing friend and creative spirit! Please thank her for allowing us to have a peek inside her life! Very inspiring and enjoyable!

  4. She sounds like an amazing friend and creative spirit! Please thank her for allowing us to have a peek inside her life! Very inspiring and enjoyable!

  5. WOW! Thanks, to have lived there as the only person on the block in that old picture.

    The draping succulent, not sure on the name. But the name of that piece might be rastafari surfer mon…very cool!

  6. WOW! Thanks, to have lived there as the only person on the block in that old picture.

    The draping succulent, not sure on the name. But the name of that piece might be rastafari surfer mon…very cool!

  7. Talk about cool! I'm not an old car nut, but the front curb attraction is terrific (and apparently has really good brakes, too)! The seating and table off the bedroom is wonderful. And the flamingos! I guess you can make them whatever color you want by filling them with whatever color of lights you want. I like small spaces like these that are filled with big ideas!

  8. Talk about cool! I'm not an old car nut, but the front curb attraction is terrific (and apparently has really good brakes, too)! The seating and table off the bedroom is wonderful. And the flamingos! I guess you can make them whatever color you want by filling them with whatever color of lights you want. I like small spaces like these that are filled with big ideas!

  9. So much to catch up with on your blog! What a fabulous tour of a wonderfully creative family's home. Must be all that surfing. The succulent is string of pearls, Senecio rowleyanus.

  10. So much to catch up with on your blog! What a fabulous tour of a wonderfully creative family's home. Must be all that surfing. The succulent is string of pearls, Senecio rowleyanus.

  11. Have you had a chance to see "Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village" I took the kids there and they loved it, take a look at her "spring garden".
    Great stuff… love your passion!

  12. Have you had a chance to see "Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village" I took the kids there and they loved it, take a look at her "spring garden".
    Great stuff… love your passion!

  13. Sure wish I was your neighbor and knew Jill too! Jill’s house just rocks and her yard is so together!! It’s the kind of place I’d never get tired of…thanks SO much for sharing…xo

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