ON TOUR AGAIN!

Once again Wise Manor will be on tour during the annual spring Pilgrimage Tour of Homes,  sponsored by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club, and we are delighted!  The house has been open for tours many times in the past, but this year we can include our spacious gardens in which our guests are encouraged to linger and relax. Sit a while and you might find a cat on your lap!  Tour dates are April 29-30. See you then!

September Garden of the Month!

Wise Manor's garden is selected as Jessie Allem Wise Garden Club Garden of the Month for September 2015!

WISE MANOR’s garden is selected as JESSIE ALLEN WISE GARDEN CLUB’s GARDEN OF THE MONTH for September,  2015!

 

 

Landscaping! 2

I am thrilled at the work C. Jai has done on the lawn and garden here at Wise Manor!  My amaryllis now have a bed of their own and are prepping for a spring display.  The camillias C. Jai planted are in full flower and the azaleas and crape myrtles are gathering strength for their own spring spectacle.  I have a new flashy Shumard red oak to replace the three ancient pecans I lost to the drought, and I have a private little “garden room” outside my back door with a bubbling fountain and display plants.  My “iron plants” have been moved to the gap between the car port and the house to hide my ageing foundation (how prophetic!).  I’ve been gathering royal blue pots for highlighting and have begun to hang interesting architectural items on the new privacy fence.  We have a few more smaller projects to complete (lighting, statuary) but for now we are weathering the fall/winter months until my new garden’s first spring–can hardly wait!  COME SEE!

Landscaping!

The trash trees are down and offensive views are temporarily exposed.  C. Jai has been here with his crew working on preparing the yard for the landscaping.  Beds are cleaned out, top soil spread, sprinkler nozzles added and extended, front beds lined with antique brick, house beds lined with native iron ore rock; remaining pecan trees have had beds removed from their bases to make way for spreading lawn, etc, etc, etc.  We moving some sick-looking iron plants to the side of the house hoping they will thrive there, and are discussing where the amaryllis will be happiest and showiest.  We’re now talking white crepe myrtles, azaleas, Japanese maples, gardenias, and camilias, along with some stately evergreens to anchor the angles of the house.  Looking good!

History falls

Well, it’s official.  Another 200 year-old pecan tree must come down, the second one to sucumb to the recent drought summers.  However!  My landscaper has plans to replace both trees and fill the yard with azaleas.  I’ve asked for some hydrangeas and day lilies and we might put in a holly or two and some other ornamentals, as well.  Some trash trees will be coming down (have already checked with my neighbor) and a privacy fence will be going up (did not check with this neighbor) and the landscaper suggested a “garden room” outside my back door.  We will probably add a small water feature.  Just keeps getting better!  Now to locate the plat from the last time the property was surveyed–don’t need any back lash!

Singing in the rain!

Sprinkler system is finished! and comes on zone by zone every morning at 2:00 a.m.  I happened to be on the porch last night when I was shot in the stomach by a stream of water.  Glenn got it adjusted this morning and it is behaving nicely.  What a joy not to have to worry about my lawn drying up again this summer and especially not having to reset the hose and sprinkler repeatedly every evening!  I’m loving this new addition to my lovely home, Wise Manor!  We’ve started on the parking area, just waiting for the asphault man to get the paving done, then will build the brick retaining wall facing the street.  This will be a nice addition and a much more welcoming view of the house.

Wren family

I was taking down my Easter door wreath to put up my patriotic wreath, when I happened to look down to notice that my little wren had made her nest and laid six eggs in the lower curve of the wreath AGAIN this year, soooo my front door still has an Easter wreath on the exterior and the patriotic wreath is currently on the inside of the door.  The tiny bird (or one of her offspring) comes ever year and nests in the same place, but I had overlooked her activities this year although I was constantly picking up moss and debris from my threshold.  I should have remembered that she likes that wreath.  Whenever I attempt to peer into her inner sanctum, she flies out, so I can keep tabs on the progress of the eggs.  She doesn’t seem to be deterred in spite of my intrusions and the opening and closing of the door.  When they hatch, they are quiet as little mice, never peeping or cheeping, even when she comes in to feed them.  Then suddenly one day they are gone and the nest is abandoned until next spring.  I give it a good bug spraying and replace it with the patriotic wreath.  And so it goes…

Landscaping begins!

Glenn and Jackie have begun working on Wise Manor’s landscaping!  Years of neglect, storms, ground shifts, and tree removals have all left their marks on the terrain around the house.  We began by chopping down the boxwood and holly hedges at the front of the house (they are already leafing out again), then removed the old nandina bushes that had thrived but never filled in nicely.  Jackie is cleaning out all the beds and moving the St. Augustine grass into the lawn where it belongs.  Glenn is building a screen at the rear of the house to hide the AC mechanics and other stuff.  Glenn has also planned the layout for the sprinkler system which he described to me while I stared blankly at him.  We have plans to thin the magnificent amaryllis as there are gazillions of them; I’d like to see them all around the house in different beds.  Glenn planted ferns and hostas in the shady moist space between the house and the carport; they should do well there.  We are talking about some evergreens and hydrangeas where the nandinas once were.  Very exciting stuff!

History, Haunts, and Legends

My guests last weekend had a lovely time at Jodie’s event, “Jefferson’s History, Haunts, and Legends.” I thorougly enjoyed the discussion around the breakfast table until they delved into the realm of metaphysics, then I turned on the garbage disposal and sang “Dixie” because my brain was about to be broken…Another new venue in Jefferson is the KnightLight Theatre down on Walnut Street at Lafayette. Coming up are some good comedy and music shows. Lots happening in the big little city on the Bayou!

Welcome to Wise Manor

Dear guests and potential guests,
 
Thanks for taking a look at my brand new web site.  It was designed by a former student of mine who now lives several states away, but who re-connected with me on Facebook.  If we have left off any bells or whistles, or there is something you would like to see on the site, please let us know.  We’d be very grateful for your feedback.  We like it very much and hope you do, too!
 
Wise Manor is undergoing a restoration/facelift!  Since October, 2010, a fantastic carpenter/contractor has been working on the house with his small crew.  It appears to be a labor of love, as he takes each new project I present to him as a new adventure.  So far he and his crew have re-built rotten window frames, inserted insulation all around the house and in the attic, re-built attic vents, repaired squirrel holes, re-built crumbling piers underneath the house and repaired others, replaced bad wooden siding with Hardie Plank, and other-wise repaired or replaced everything on the exterior that needed replacing or repairing…and painting.  We are planning to replace a window over the staircase that was removed sixty years ago as it continually leaked.  The stained and etched glass has been ordered from Glass Castles in Nacogdoches.  Meanwhile Glenn has found, repaired, and refinished a door to match the others throughout the house, and has inserted it as a second sound baffle between the adjoining upstairs rooms.  Today he was taking measurement for a dumb waiter so I can haul sheets and towels upstairs without carrying them in my arms.  He is amazing!  I am thinking seriously of adopting him.


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312 Houston Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
903-665-4500
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