Art and collectibles make this San Leon yard interesting and colorful
Rose Kasch likes to look out her upstairs window at the yard below and gaze upon the many treasures she shares with her husband, Mark, she said.
“I love all the color, the details, the art scattered about, like a gnome in a flower pot, the white ceramic cat, the blue sun, my flamingo statues and the flower pots with their natural patina,” she said. “My yard has so much character and everything about it makes me happy.”
A tour throughout the San Leon property tells an enchanting tale. From the various flower beds to the art along the fence, to the decks upstairs and the patio below, an array of vintage collectibles is in abundance. Although the flower beds are meticulous and blooming with color, it’s the artful objects that catch the eye.
“When we moved here over three years ago, the yard was a blank slate, except for the two palm trees and an oleander,” Rose Kasch said. “Over time, we’ve made many improvements and done everything ourselves.”
To the right, a pindo palm is surrounded by purple pansies, marigolds, red pintas and a terra cotta birdbath, all bordered by moss rocks. A separate bed with a bright red Hawaiian ti plant sprouts in front of a flagpole.
To the left of the yard, another pindo palm, oleander with pink blooms, yellow euryops, an assortment of potted plants and multiple hanging baskets all are thriving within a mix of river cobblestones, Mexican beach pebbles, bull rocks and flagstone.
Along the fence are two of Rose Kasch’s favorite items — Greek mythology-inspired merman and mermaid — as well as a bright blue ceramic fish, two pink flamingos, an antique galvanized double-wash tub and a bench made from an old iron bed frame.
A metal lizard and concrete lion’s head fountain share space with countless potted plants that are atop a rusty barstool, old step ladder or nestled together on vintage plant stands. A work area for planting, especially for small cuttings, comes in handy.
“Mark made the potting table for me out of an old door that I distressed, plus he built the deck below it,” Kasch said.
The fence stretches the length of the backyard where bygone-era road signs, a trellis, arty dolphins, suns, moons and dragonflies have a place of their own along with an aging Coca-Cola sign.
A tall concrete angel stands in front of the patio area beneath the upper deck. With multiple seating areas, this is the place to take it all in — the Talavera cat, more angel statuary, a headless flamingo, flowering plants in containers, cornflower blue iron grillwork and a colorful bottle wall they created themselves.
A trip upstairs takes you to more of the same, but it’s easy to see that Kasch had her husband in mind by decorating one wall with a Texan and Harley Davidson theme. A wooden cooler, outdoor grill and a few beer signs are indications that this might be his cherished space.
A tiki bar, hot tub and chiminea make this a cozy corner to unwind or just soak away your troubles under the night sky watching the stars.
Back down below, Kasch is most fond of her silverado sage that attracts bumble bees, she said.
“When it blooms, the bees are everywhere,” she said. “We also get hummingbirds and enjoy watching the green parrots.”
A closer look around the backyard, and it’s apparent many of the collectibles have flaws.
“I’m fascinated with broken concrete and frayed pieces of art that nobody else wants,” Kasch said. “I have over 100 pieces of flamingo art and the headless one is my favorite.”
Collecting repurposed items is nothing new for Kasch, who owns a resale shop in League City and has been in that business for almost 40 years.
She also is a Realtor and enjoyed a career working for the postal service, which led her to a chance encounter with Mark, she said.
“Since I had postal experience, I went to work in Iraq for two years where several post offices were opened at different military bases,” Kasch said. “Mark was stationed there, came in one day, and that’s how we met.”
The Kasches share their love of gardening and are looking forward to future projects, she said. Mark is building Rose a “she shed” and they’ll be making good use of a pile of brick pavers.
“We’ll also be adding some old doors for character, and I have a lot of wrought iron sitting in the garage just waiting to become something,” Kasch said.