Thursday, August 2, 2012

Front Yard Tapestry

We don't live in a very picturesque neighborhood, or a very cute house, but we make the best of what we have.  I love watching people stop and do a double-take as they walk by.  I figure if they're looking at plants, they're not noticing the shabby blue siding.

Best of all, aside from watering the whiskey barrel and the window boxes, the rest of it is pretty much on its own.  

This self-sown bushy rudbeckia shows me how it's done.  It chose that spot and has thrived.


  1. One of the great things about "gardening" is that it brings beauty to any place - large or small, grand or not so much. We also live in an older, smaller neighborhood, and i hope that bt improving my "place" it encourages my neighbors to do a bit better. Sometimes, it seems to work.

  2. Most of my neighbors try something in their yards in May or so each year, but by this time in the summer it's fried from lack of attention. People don't seem to understand the "right plant, right spot" and choose the wrong material over and over.

    Then there was the neighbor that put plastic urns out front a couple years ago (I drilled drainage holes in them after the first rain drowned her annuals). There was nothing planted around them but she mulched over the base of the urns for no reason. They looked like they were erupting out of mulch volcanos.

  3. I agree with Webb. it is not necessary to have a park to make a place beautiful.By the way, I like the look of your house :o) Ours do not deserve a second look.
    You make your place beautiful. You give people a free gift by planting such beautiful flowers in your front yard.
    I know some woman who makes a beautiful balcony with plants in pots.
    In my garden, I have only two flower-beds but they give me happiness and joy in May and June.
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it ?

    1. Thanks Helene. The garden makes me smile when I get home. Maybe that's enough some days.

  4. Your garden is beautiful! It has been a pleasure to watch grow and evolve over the past few years. Seeing these pictures makes me smile.