Friday, November 6, 2009

Residence Turned Commercial

This is the Tristesse Center where Susan works as a counselor. There are two things about this that I find interesting. First that it was originally a family home back in the 1930s. It is located right on the south edge of downtown Tulsa and has been converted into commercial property rather than razed and rebuilt. There is a "neighborhood" of these and to my mind makes a lot of sense.

The second thing is that it is landscaped with a row of Nandina across the front. I have lived in several houses with Nandina and I am very fond of it. It is very hardy once established and maintains a compact growth habit. It blooms with white flowers in the spring, and sets masses of red berries in the fall. The leaves stay green all winter making it an attractive shrub all year around. Birds like the berries and I like the birds. Enough said.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Why "tristesse"? It means sorrow in French!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

The Tristesse Center does grief counseling for those who have lost a family member and are having difficulty coping. Susan is a Social Worker who does grief counseling.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful place to go to work. No wonder you call your good lady wife "Saint Susan" - what a difficult job she does.


DrillerAA said... [Reply to comment]

Nandina is among my favorite plants for all of the reasons that you mention. These are lovely.
Have a great week-end.

Yogi♪♪♪ said... [Reply to comment]

Its great that places exist for people who need help coping with sorrows.
I like it when old properties are repurposed rather than torn down.

I'm also fond of nandina. I love the name itself. It just flows right off the tongue.

TorAa said... [Reply to comment]

when living as high North as we do,
then we might have another perspective regarding plants.

I'll give you some background - not scientificly facts - just our own experiences from travels here and there on our small Planet.

Let's start with Weather Forecasts as we see on TV:
Good Weather forecast in Norway means:
Sunny - no precipitation. In other words no Rain and dry.

In other parts here on our planet it can mean:
No Crops - Hunger - etc
I did learn that first time many years ago when visting Southern France, but I did not realise until first time arriving the Atacame Desert, and later seeing the differens between western and eastern Washington state.
Water is cruisual to all sorts of life.
And here in Norway we complain whenever it's a small Rain Shower.

sorry, I just write away---