Douglas Chandor created a garden with many refreshing areas inviting contemplation or just chilling out . And he did it in a field in West Texas. See the previous post for more details about the beginnings of Chandor Gardens.
President Roosevelt commissioned Chandor to paint the portraits of the Yalta participants. Stalin refused to pose but sent a photograph. That project was not finished. But he did paint the other two men. The story goes that while he was painting Churchill, who was an artist himself, Churchill got up out of his chair and walked to the painting. He wanted his midsection made slimmer, so Churchill picked up a paint brush and proceeded to make that change himself.
This long stone pathway with letters made from brick was Chandor’s tribute to his wife. Called Ina’s Walkway, in Latin it says “May this little garden flourish, consecrated to Ina, in the year of Our Lord Edward the Eighth, forevermore.”
The house was built on a small hill of four acres. This allowed Chandor to lower some areas and create different elevations. The higher levels provided a method to build natural looking waterfalls. Note the silver ball on a lower ledge. The falling water spins the ball.
This lizard’s movement were jerky, so he was difficult to photograph. Periodically, his throat would swell and puff out. He looks like a Carolina anole. The extended dewlap is used to attract females and to show their dominance over a territory. He may have felt threatened by our presence.
This plant I know. Oleander is a great friend to southwestern states. They grow almost anywhere in the hot sun, no matter the soil. They are old standby plantings used by the highway departments in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and probably others.
“Acquaintance is a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor and obscure, and intimate when he is rich and famous.” Ambrose Bierce