Well past Thanksgiving, well past a killer cold that has kept me here silent, and into December, we are still happily and comfortably taking outdoor showers.  Oh, perfect moderate weather, the new normal, how you are helping us stay greener and cleaner without the aid of maids!  Whenever a shower can be taken outside, there is much less mold scrubbing on tile showers inside.  It does not need to be said that the less shower scrubbing done around here, the happier everyone is.


Not like it is tropical here, but I must say that some plants around the outdoor shower that get a couple of  warm rushes of water every day are looking very spring-like, but here is the big news.  A fabulous stream of hot water can trump any air temperature we have experienced so far.  Is this intelligence that has been lost in modern times?  Or maybe this whole discussion is premature.  Wind seems like it would not be good.  But this is not Iowa.  It would be odd to do this in snow.  But this is South Carolina.  We almost never got it even before the glaciers were melting before our very eyes.


So for the data collecting.  Two goals:  how late and early in to next year can we go into the year taking comfortable showers outside?  AND what happens to the bushes and plants placed around the shower to protect privacy (which is protected really by acres of space all around) if they get nice doses of warm water regularly throughout the winter?  Could we create a microcosm where showered plants experience continual growing weather?  Would these plants tolerate this?  Too many questions.  I have much to do.


It is November 4, and we still are using the new outdoor shower.  Or Glenn is.  I have run into logistical problems.  OK, so Glenn has no hair.  I do.  We both have to shave in the shower, Glenn less than me ( he has to get rid of the odd late bloomer).  Glenn does not have to shampoo.  So, women do more stuff in the shower than men, most of the time.

Mud is created in the new gardens around the shower when it is on.  I cannot sit in mud and tend to my legs.  It just seems so wrong.   And we need a way to store shower stuff outside so it cannot be seen.

An old Mexican made window pot placed under the bench will do a great job containing and hiding shower stuff.

Of course, tile will have to be put on bench, maybe words this time?  And see the blank area on the shower bottom next to the bench? That is a perfect cement plane and tile can be added there too.  Visually the bench and that part of the shower bottom could interact.
In the first picture above, the papyrus and ginger lilies transplanted earlier this summer are doing well, but are only a shadow of what they will be.  The ginger lilies are blooming!  They never had before; they were in another garden and had too much shade for their needs.  I already cannot wait for spring to come.



Glenn takes a rest with our mouse after struggling with transplanting three huge Burning Bushes that have not burned for years.  They were in another garden where an oak is taking over and they were not getting enough sun.  Here the amount of sun should be enough to get good red leaves going in the fall, and also to camouflage our new outdoor shower.  Closer to the brick pathway are Loropetalum, very small, rescued from under bigger examples of the same bushes.  They spent the summer in pots and are now big enough to be transplanted.  Love doing things this way.

The Loropetalum are in a little crescent behind the cement planter that has Creeping Betty in it  among other things.

Other rescued plants are three Azaleas, two planted in the small space between the shower pathway and stairs, and the third to the left of the cement planter furthest away.

The removal of the three burning bushes has left a huge empty space in the garden in front of the studio.

Above is the area where the spindly and not red Burning Bushes were growing.  They overwhelmed the little path, and now it can be seen better, although more cleaning up needs to be done.  Ajuga is exploding here, and trying to grow over my mosaic tiled path stones.  After cleaning that up, I will find some shade loving things to replant.

Thinking about replacement, I found this good candidate.  Deer are my enemy and deer don’t like this.  Shade is needed and here we have it in abundance.  And this color is great.

  Aralia Sun King.