|Even with pretty throw pillows, |
I don't think the owners spent much time
on this bench in the woods.
I was also struck by the unique challenge of transitioning from yard/garden to woods. Most had planted shrubs & perennials going into the forests behind their homes, as well as having meandering paths that go off into the forest. Many had a sitting area, or, minimally, birdhouses tucked into the forests behind them. Growing up, we had woods on two sides of our yard. Transitioning wasn't even a consideration. The woods & underbrush started where dad stopped mowing.
|Some of these homes really had "grounds" looking more |
like a suburban office park than a residential garden,
or at least with what I've become familiar with.
There was also a container contest with some creative and unusual entries I caught while there. Donna from Garden Walk Garden Talk was there taking photos of the entries. If you've never visited her blog, you should. It's a great mix of garden design information, in-depth coverage of residential garden issues (diseases, bugs and such), great photography, and the occasional discussion of societal issues associated with garden gnomes.
|I should have gotten better photos of the vendor's booths. |
There were some great displays, plants and garden art available.
|Sidewalks abounded around the houses themselves, |
but, curiously, not along the street.
|Annuals, not massed looked downright wimpy.|
|We screen garbage cans and utility poles. These homes had air conditioning to hide.|
This is apparently R2D2 doing some home maintenance.
|Oh to be a sidewalk salesman in suburbia!|
|One of the "forest transition" solutions. I think it was |
probably more of a grand entry way for the deer.
|What to do with all this space!? This yard had a fire pit, bar and putting green.|
|Downtown, good fences make for good neighbors. Out here there are no secrets.|
|Here, and following, are some of the container garden entries.|
|My favorite, though Cookie monster was a close second.|