I am super excited to share with you this beautiful garden. I came across Rama Ananth’s blog after some blog hopping. Ever since we’ve been crossing each others paths online pretty frequently. She is a veteran blogger who shares her love of writing, traveling, cooking, decorating, photography……….life through her blog.
Rama and her family live in an awesome Spanish villa, Buena Vista (which they poured their heart and soul into while building the home from scratch) in Bengaluru. Their passion for Spanish architecture is evident in every nook and corner of their home and garden. The moment I saw the pics of her garden I had to share it with you guys. So get ready to be amazed!
Heads up: Pic heavy post; couldn’t leave even one single pic out. All pics courtesy Rama. You can see her other great clicks on her flickr page.
The house is a perfect example of how you can build a Spanish villa using the materials available locally. They have stayed true to style yet have easily blended in many traditional accents. Notice the balcony, the roof tile, and the bamboo gable overhang?
So much care has gone into the placement of each and every plant, like this tree (you can see it bloom in later pics) framing her kitchen windows.
A view of their backyard lawn from the veranda. Again the arches, the creepers, the roof and floor tiles all remind you of a Spanish courtyard.
The Moorish style garden compliments the house beautifully. In her own words, “Shakeeb, our landscape architect came up with a very simple yet beautiful Moorish garden for us. We also requested him to give us a perennial garden so that, there is never any need to change plants and also plants that would not need much maintenance or need a lot of water.” The terracotta mural on the wall surrounded by creepers is a unique feature.
Other terracotta accents are layered throughout the garden like these horses and elephants.
I like how she has added different character and interest to each area while tying it all together into a single theme elegantly. The transition to each nook is aided with the beautifully curved pathways mimicking the arches and the curves in the home’s architecture.
Now for more eye candy, a few of the gorgeous flowers from her garden. A Spanish Casa is incomplete without one of these, the ever beautiful fuchsia bougainvillea.
The thunbergia mysorensis or Indian Clock Vine. Incidentally the name, mysorensis is an ode to the nearby city of Mysore. The plant has several other nicknames too because of the shape and size of the flowers, the “Brick & Butter Vine”, “Lady’s Slipper Vine”, and “Dolls’ Shoes”.
The Pyrostegia venusta or Orange trumpet or flame vine lazyily draping over her kitchen roof adds to the ‘it’s been there all along’ feeling.
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a cup of tea sitting on this bench?