The Olive Allée!!!

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Definition: (from  Wikipedia)

“Allée is traditionally a walkway  with a line of trees or large shrubs running along each side , which is used,

as its French source venir (“to come”) indicates;

to emphasize the “coming to,” or arrival at a  “focal point”  or an architectural  feature.

In most cases, an  “avenue” is planted with all of the same species or cultivar

so as to give a uniform appearance along the full length of the avenue”.

  Landscape designer Margie Grace and I collaborated on our “Olive Allee” here in Montecito.

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 I love “allees”;  the symmetry and the canopy is beautiful.

The cypress tree in an Anduze pot is the focal point this way!

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  UH OH!!

I need another “focal point looking this way!

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 This is the cypress in the pot  at the end of the “allee”!

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I’m not sure what this “focal point” is;  The house is part of it!

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How simply gorgeous this is!

 Here is an enormous allee of old oak trees;  Centered on the front door!

(a very old and gorgeous plantation in the South)

   8a8a40a8dd0cc4a2b2b7f5b4f45ad875The centered tree is this focal point!

(I think this is in the South of France)

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Another gorgeous one, this time the axis is on  the middle arched door!!

Allees are a lovely addition to a garden!

They “contain the view” and lead you toward their “focal point”!!

 

  Landscape designer Margie Grace and I collaborated on our “Olive Allee” here in Montecito.

More about our Garden here. It tells the story of all the challenges!

She does a magnificent job!!!

At every kind of style!!!

 

54 thoughts on “The Olive Allée!!!

  1. Pamela
    Reply

    Your olive trees look like they’re dancing.
    xo

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      wait till you hear the REST of that story! Your long blonde hair will stand on end!

      YIKES!!!

    2. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      When I was in college (at USC) my job was “teaching cotillion”! (dancing school!) I taught little boys how to “lead” and little girls how to “follow”!
      Believe me; in ballroom dancing…..there is no room for “feminism” there is only…….”grace on the dance floor!”

      It was the most delightful job!!

      And I learned a great many “life lessons!”

      I will share!

      Penelope

    3. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      Thank you ! My beautiful friend!! and your beautiful dogs!!

    4. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      My blogging friend from Australia…..said the same thing!

      Brilliant! and, I must admit. “I meant to do that!!”

      XXOO

      P

  2. Pamela
    Reply

    Your olive trees look like they’re dancing.
    xo

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      wait till you hear the REST of that story! Your long blonde hair will stand on end!

      YIKES!!!

    2. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      When I was in college (at USC) my job was “teaching cotillion”! (dancing school!) I taught little boys how to “lead” and little girls how to “follow”!
      Believe me; in ballroom dancing…..there is no room for “feminism” there is only…….”grace on the dance floor!”

      It was the most delightful job!!

      And I learned a great many “life lessons!”

      I will share!

      Penelope

    3. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      Thank you ! My beautiful friend!! and your beautiful dogs!!

    4. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      My blogging friend from Australia…..said the same thing!

      Brilliant! and, I must admit. “I meant to do that!!”

      XXOO

      P

  3. pimpmybricks.wordpress.com
    Reply

    There’s not much more beautiful than a corridor of trees, especially when they meet in the middle and enclose you in their greenblack shade.

    Too often here in Australia people plant avenues of trees like Liquid Ambars which grow hugely tall, giving you expectations about the house, which often turns out to be quite small and modest and, after the huge trees, a bit of an anticlimax.

    When we planted an avenue up to our (small and modest) farmhouse, we made sure the trees won’t grow any higher than the ridge line.

    I love your allee of olives – they look like a lineup of unruly people chatting, swaying, tapping their toes, getting to the beat….

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      AHAH!!! You totally “got it”!! Just what I “meant to do!!” (I was a completely unruly youngster! “not asked back to every private school in Pasadena!!; finally sent to the east coast…..boarding school. (I tried to get “kicked out of that from day one!) Finally, the “nuns of the order of the Holy Child Jesus” (I am Episcopalian) really did save me!!! In the middle of my junior year in high school. I managed to get into USC “on probation” and did very well. Without those nuns…..no telling. I am very grateful!!!

      “Unruly people chatting, swaying, and dancing…….” EXACTLY!!! Thank you!!

  4. pimpmybricks.wordpress.com
    Reply

    There’s not much more beautiful than a corridor of trees, especially when they meet in the middle and enclose you in their greenblack shade.

    Too often here in Australia people plant avenues of trees like Liquid Ambars which grow hugely tall, giving you expectations about the house, which often turns out to be quite small and modest and, after the huge trees, a bit of an anticlimax.

    When we planted an avenue up to our (small and modest) farmhouse, we made sure the trees won’t grow any higher than the ridge line.

    I love your allee of olives – they look like a lineup of unruly people chatting, swaying, tapping their toes, getting to the beat….

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      AHAH!!! You totally “got it”!! Just what I “meant to do!!” (I was a completely unruly youngster! “not asked back to every private school in Pasadena!!; finally sent to the east coast…..boarding school. (I tried to get “kicked out of that from day one!) Finally, the “nuns of the order of the Holy Child Jesus” (I am Episcopalian) really did save me!!! In the middle of my junior year in high school. I managed to get into USC “on probation” and did very well. Without those nuns…..no telling. I am very grateful!!!

      “Unruly people chatting, swaying, and dancing…….” EXACTLY!!! Thank you!!

  5. tara dillard
    Reply

    You’re needing a double axis.

    Was in mentor Margaret Moseley’s garden with that epiphany.

    Every focal point she had…..you could turn and see another focal point in its opposite direction.

    AS IF they teach this with your college degree .

    Not !

    And, the double axis always looks like a different garden in its directions. You know I’ve already written 5 books, Double Axis will be one of the next……

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    sent you a note that has decided to stay clogged in my outbox. Can’t do a thing with it.

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      TARA!!! It is you who has taught me that I needed another axis!!!
      I own all of your books! (two even before I found your blog!!)

  6. tara dillard
    Reply

    You’re needing a double axis.

    Was in mentor Margaret Moseley’s garden with that epiphany.

    Every focal point she had…..you could turn and see another focal point in its opposite direction.

    AS IF they teach this with your college degree .

    Not !

    And, the double axis always looks like a different garden in its directions. You know I’ve already written 5 books, Double Axis will be one of the next……

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    sent you a note that has decided to stay clogged in my outbox. Can’t do a thing with it.

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      TARA!!! It is you who has taught me that I needed another axis!!!
      I own all of your books! (two even before I found your blog!!)

  7. Marsha @ Splenderosa
    Reply

    Oh, how I love the allee. The beautiful old Southern Colonial home is called “Oak Alley.”
    It is in Louisiana across from the Mississippi River. To see this place in person is like seeing the Grand Canyon for the 1st time. Every single year it becomes more beautiful as I’m sure you know. I love the comment about the trees dancing. But, at your home, of course, they are dancing…exactly like I would be doing!

  8. Marsha @ Splenderosa
    Reply

    Oh, how I love the allee. The beautiful old Southern Colonial home is called “Oak Alley.”
    It is in Louisiana across from the Mississippi River. To see this place in person is like seeing the Grand Canyon for the 1st time. Every single year it becomes more beautiful as I’m sure you know. I love the comment about the trees dancing. But, at your home, of course, they are dancing…exactly like I would be doing!

  9. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    I did indeed notice this ALLEE when I had my brief visit with you and your divine husband!This woman GRACE does some amazing work……wish she lived closer to me!I could use some advise!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      This may be a stupid question….was it clear that when you click on “here” you are swept away to the website of our genius landscaper!

      and there is a slide-show of our garden; and a description of the “site” and it’s challenges…….(scroll down!!!)

      Bravo!!

      P

  10. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    I did indeed notice this ALLEE when I had my brief visit with you and your divine husband!This woman GRACE does some amazing work……wish she lived closer to me!I could use some advise!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      This may be a stupid question….was it clear that when you click on “here” you are swept away to the website of our genius landscaper!

      and there is a slide-show of our garden; and a description of the “site” and it’s challenges…….(scroll down!!!)

      Bravo!!

      P

  11. Heather
    Reply

    Wow. I have never seen an olive allée!! So beautiful!
    I love our allées here in Provence. They were planted to last for forever…

  12. Heather
    Reply

    Wow. I have never seen an olive allée!! So beautiful!
    I love our allées here in Provence. They were planted to last for forever…

  13. Heather
    Reply

    Wow. I have never seen an olive allée!! So beautiful!
    I love our allées here in Provence. They were planted to last for forever…

  14. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    YES!It was clear………..I clicked and there was your home on the first page!I thought there SHE is again!!!!!!!!!It was a beautiful slide show and the other gardens too so gorgeous and so different! Definitely,a talented GRAND DAME…………as I said wish I lived closer!

    PS.There is a good story or two about my milkman under my comment section you might enjoy on the VINTAGE HEN HOUSE site!!!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      I cannot find your milkman story! Please send!!!

  15. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    YES!It was clear………..I clicked and there was your home on the first page!I thought there SHE is again!!!!!!!!!It was a beautiful slide show and the other gardens too so gorgeous and so different! Definitely,a talented GRAND DAME…………as I said wish I lived closer!

    PS.There is a good story or two about my milkman under my comment section you might enjoy on the VINTAGE HEN HOUSE site!!!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      I cannot find your milkman story! Please send!!!

  16. Delores
    Reply

    I love allèes also. We visited that southern plantation recently with the most magnificent oak tree alleè. It was truly amazing. Love the idea of a olive alleè. ~Delores

  17. Delores
    Reply

    I love allèes also. We visited that southern plantation recently with the most magnificent oak tree alleè. It was truly amazing. Love the idea of a olive alleè. ~Delores

  18. Delores
    Reply

    I love allèes also. We visited that southern plantation recently with the most magnificent oak tree alleè. It was truly amazing. Love the idea of a olive alleè. ~Delores

  19. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    Two of my readers visited that Plantation!

    Next year I am going! ( Charleston; Savannah, and New Orleans and environs.Before I die!

    (I thought I would die the first time I went to the “South”! On a “Sotheby’s decorating tour”!

    the secret is the tour guide…..”Jessica Deutsch!!”

    she started with Sotheby’s..branched out on her own!

    The most wonderful tours; and complete “insider” tours of private houses….never opened ever…to tours of any kind!!

    I have been on 5?

    Fabulous!!

  20. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    Two of my readers visited that Plantation!

    Next year I am going! ( Charleston; Savannah, and New Orleans and environs.Before I die!

    (I thought I would die the first time I went to the “South”! On a “Sotheby’s decorating tour”!

    the secret is the tour guide…..”Jessica Deutsch!!”

    she started with Sotheby’s..branched out on her own!

    The most wonderful tours; and complete “insider” tours of private houses….never opened ever…to tours of any kind!!

    I have been on 5?

    Fabulous!!

  21. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    I want to GO TOO!Will you tell me about the next adventure to the SOUTH???I was in CHARLESTON last year…….LOVED IT!Savannah, many many years ago……….there is a STATUE of my GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandfather there in one of the round a bouts!GENERAL NATHANAEL GREENE.He is buried there too………..I hunted around this old old cemetery until I found him!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      This is a deal and a contract! Promise me! We will do this next year!!!

      There is a special garden tour in Charleston!! We need to go…,TOGETHER!!!

  22. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    I want to GO TOO!Will you tell me about the next adventure to the SOUTH???I was in CHARLESTON last year…….LOVED IT!Savannah, many many years ago……….there is a STATUE of my GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandfather there in one of the round a bouts!GENERAL NATHANAEL GREENE.He is buried there too………..I hunted around this old old cemetery until I found him!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      This is a deal and a contract! Promise me! We will do this next year!!!

      There is a special garden tour in Charleston!! We need to go…,TOGETHER!!!

  23. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    I want to GO TOO!Will you tell me about the next adventure to the SOUTH???I was in CHARLESTON last year…….LOVED IT!Savannah, many many years ago……….there is a STATUE of my GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandfather there in one of the round a bouts!GENERAL NATHANAEL GREENE.He is buried there too………..I hunted around this old old cemetery until I found him!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      This is a deal and a contract! Promise me! We will do this next year!!!

      There is a special garden tour in Charleston!! We need to go…,TOGETHER!!!

  24. Jennings & Gates
    Reply

    Penelope, Wonderful allee! Oh, heavens Tara, the double axis. Jennings threw up his hands when he saw my garden. “There’s no axis!” said he. I’ve been working on it…

  25. Jennings & Gates
    Reply

    Penelope, Wonderful allee! Oh, heavens Tara, the double axis. Jennings threw up his hands when he saw my garden. “There’s no axis!” said he. I’ve been working on it…

  26. Jennings & Gates
    Reply

    Penelope, Wonderful allee! Oh, heavens Tara, the double axis. Jennings threw up his hands when he saw my garden. “There’s no axis!” said he. I’ve been working on it…

  27. Margie Grace
    Reply

    Love the blog! I look forward to it every time. Thanks for the strokes on landscaping — your site is so special that everything just fell into place. It is a joy to collaborate with you!

  28. Margie Grace
    Reply

    Love the blog! I look forward to it every time. Thanks for the strokes on landscaping — your site is so special that everything just fell into place. It is a joy to collaborate with you!

  29. Margie Grace
    Reply

    Love the blog! I look forward to it every time. Thanks for the strokes on landscaping — your site is so special that everything just fell into place. It is a joy to collaborate with you!

  30. Whtiney
    Reply

    Gorgeous post. I am so happy to have found your blog and website, your work is gorgeous. I am in love with Montecito and your home is just amazing!! We are getting married in SB/Montecito next summer and I would love to live there on day!

  31. Whtiney
    Reply

    Gorgeous post. I am so happy to have found your blog and website, your work is gorgeous. I am in love with Montecito and your home is just amazing!! We are getting married in SB/Montecito next summer and I would love to live there on day!

  32. Whtiney
    Reply

    Gorgeous post. I am so happy to have found your blog and website, your work is gorgeous. I am in love with Montecito and your home is just amazing!! We are getting married in SB/Montecito next summer and I would love to live there on day!

  33. Whtiney
    Reply

    Gorgeous post. I am so happy to have found your blog and website, your work is beautiful. I am in love with Montecito and your home is just amazing!! We are getting married in SB/Montecito next summer and I would love to live there one day!

  34. Whtiney
    Reply

    Gorgeous post. I am so happy to have found your blog and website, your work is beautiful. I am in love with Montecito and your home is just amazing!! We are getting married in SB/Montecito next summer and I would love to live there one day!

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