Me & my 1st car - a 'few' of years ago!
Anyway -- in order to avoid the backup on the main road, I took a shortcut down a sidestreet. As I tooled down the quiet sidestreet, I checked out folks' landscaping. Then I saw it - the most innovative landscaping I've ever seen in our area of the suburbs! The front garden created an oasis - tall grasses, key garden 'anchors' (like Scotch Pine and River Birch) strategically placed, and even a charming small umbrella'd table and chairs in a nook where the home's sidewalk met the driveway. It stopped me in my tracks (until the next door neighbors came out of their house, so I decided I better keep going)!
Two days later I randomly took the same route. To my surprise the home owner was out tending to her garden. On a complete whim, I pulled over to park and went to meet this creator of garden beauty. I introduced myself and inquired if she was the home's landscape designer... she was, in fact! For the next hour, this innovative garden designer took me on a full tour. The backyard was a treasure trove, garden vignettes everywhere you looked!
Figuring I had been bold enough to stop for a visit, unannounced - I felt too invasive to take pictures (with my little cell phone camera). But I will tell you what I learned:
- In 23 years you can create your own garden santuary - even in the suburbs
- Some plants are prolific and even with the 'greenest' of thumbs, some plants aren't
- Wonders will happen for those willing to take the journey - and gardening is a journey
- Gardeners are generous, sharing words of wisdom - even if you're a complete stranger
I've invited my new garden friend to read my blog, I hope she stops by....
Exotic bouquet - not in my garden, but on my desk last week!
(A random photo, just because...)