The Pool House Perennial Border

It’s been broiling hot here in Maryland this week but today we finally have some relief — in the eighties instead of the nineties. (Photos can be enlarged with a click.)

The farm is beautiful with many stone outbuildings
The farm is beautiful with many stone outbuildings

I work in a private home situated on over 100 acres of farmland.

The large oval pool is about 8 feet deep at the deep end.
The large oval pool is about 8 feet deep at the deep end.

My kind boss reminded me that I am welcome to take a dip in the pool at my pleasure.

The pool pumps and other machinery are located on the far right of the building and accessed from exterior doors.
The pool pumps and other machinery are located on the far right of the building and accessed from exterior doors.

I immediately thought my readers would like to see the pool house.

A walk across the lawn from the house (wherein lies my office) is the swimming pool.
A walk across the lawn from the house (wherein lies my office) is the swimming pool.

Walking across the lawn to the pool it can be seen as a sunny oasis, cool and beckoning, especially on a hot day.

The pool border in May.
The pool border in May.
The same stretch of garden in July.
The same stretch of garden in July. (Use the overgrown lamb’s ear as your index.)

The semicircular flower border is colorful in spring and fall but in summer only sunny yellow flowers and a few bright pink ones can stand the heat.

The hot red flowers pop against the grey walls of the pool house.
The hot red flowers pop against the grey walls of the pool house.

Urns against the building are fitted this year with bright red geraniums.

The brick chimney is a grill station outside and a fireplace inside.
The brick chimney is a grill station outside and a fireplace inside.
The grilling station would be great for s'mores.
The grilling station would be great for s’mores.

On the side opposite the machinery shed is a brick fireplace.

The natural stone deck complements the stone wall around the garden.
The natural stone deck complements the stone wall around the garden.

The deck itself is field stone which gets incredibly hot underfoot.

An opening in the stone wall toward the rear center of the picture leads to a small apple orchard.
An opening in the stone wall toward the rear center of the picture leads to a small apple orchard.

The view is serene.

 Here's the apple orchard in summer.
Here’s the apple orchard in summer.

The orchard just for fun.

The garden in May . (Again use the lamb's ear as a guide.)
The garden in May . (Again use the lamb’s ear as a guide.)
The same stretch of garden in July.
The same stretch of garden in July.

Not to mention the only sound are the birds tweeting, the dragonflies humming, and the bees buzzing.

A close up of the pool tiles that border the top edge.
A close up of the pool tiles that border the top edge.

Tomorrow a peak inside.

How do you stay cool?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “The Pool House Perennial Border”

      1. Ya, it’s awesome to look out and see it always. But it’s not a swim-able river, at least where we live – full of large snapping turtles and 6-foot black water snakes. But the ocean’s only 4 miles down the road, so can’t really complain!

  1. This is so beautiful! Can’t wait to see the inside. We try no to operate the air conditioner so, we use ceiling fans and box fans.Really it’s only the muggy days which are hard to deal with.

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