Today, the trend in Bend’s housing styles is an adaptation of mid-century modern home designs. Characterized by flat planes, large glass windows and open space, this style of home wants to be integrated with nature. Spaced close together, the homes dominate the lots. Residual areas remain for landscaping. Typically, the builder’s landscape design involves placing diminutive plants in the front yard with a scattering of rocks. These small shrubs and grasses ineffectually complement the house design. What you see is a lack of dimension and perspective in the landscape designs for these mid-century modern homes.
To have good Feng Shui, the entrance into a home should have a Ming Tang or “Bright Hall”. This is an open area, either just inside or outside the home where good quality Qi (Chi – the energy, life force) enters the home and becomes available to the inhabitants. The bright hall allows Chi to accumulate, regulate and settle the energy that comes from the outside and channels it gracefully into the home. It facilitates the transition between the public outside world and the private inside world. The bright hall sets the scene, adjusts the ambience for a home.
If you are looking for color in the garden, there are many excellent Central Oregon perennial native wildflowers that will work. One great choice is the Purple Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii Pursh. Other names for this plant is great purple monkeyflower, Lewis monkeyflower and Lewis’s monkeyflower. This wildflower was named in honor of explorer Meriwether Lewis.
It is the middle of March and it snowed overnight. Work was cancelled so I went looking for something to brighten the gloomy day. I found happiness watching my covey of California quail scurrying from bush to bush to the bird feeder to gorge themselves. We have landscaped our property creating California quail habitat for Central Oregon climate and plants. With all the birds that visit our landscape, we have a never ending source of entertainment that does not include surfing the internet for the latest Donald Trump gaffes or Negan, the Walking Dead.
It is difficult to find yards in Bend, Oregon with native plants in the landscape. Too many designs use lawns for the majority of the landscape. We cleared land of native plants to use for urbanization and the housing, We installed lots of green grass and obsessed with maintaining the perfect lawn.
During the winter, we take classes to enhance our knowledge and skills. Recently, we attended classes on the changing technology for outdoor landscape lighting. Several of the lighting manufacturers are employing new technology to make outdoor lighting more efficient and fun. We had a great time learning about new products in the landscape lighting market and look forward to sharing the information with you.