My husband and I love antique shopping.  Some of the things I enjoy searching out is anything garden-related: books, tools, fabrics...and even postcards.

Oftentimes the garden image is just a secondary bonus to whatever tourist site the postcard is depicting.  What's fun for me is finding something teachable in those images. Does it show a landscape design principle, a garden term, or a certain plant?

The two postcards below are fabulous examples of allées. An allée is a walkway or road lined with trees or tall shrubs. This term originated from a French word that meant alley.

The second postcard's allée is formed by pepper trees. Being from the Midwest I was not familiar with this plant, so I looked into it a little more and found an intriguing story. This beauty has a slightly shaded past.  If you'd like to read more please jump over to this article

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1 comment:

Lisa Orgler said...

I received this lovely email from Diane in California that I just had to share:

Chinus molle or CA Pepper Tree (as it is called out here) is one of my favorite trees to see the sun setting through. The patterns and dappled light that its leaves create are lovely. I enjoyed the article that was attached, Lisa. And, though some folks think Pepper trees are 'messy', there are also many who love them and use them to create 'allees' or soft screens along a drive. It is quite an experience to walk underneath a large Pepper, crunching on the pepper berries that have fallen and dried out. The scent can be enough to make you sneeze!