.....gardeners, that is.
Touring the gardens this weekend reminded me of a couple of gardens in our area that I enjoy. I took Chelsea for a walk this morning (Michele at Laundromat reminded me just how important that can be) and enjoyed seeing their gardens along the way.
I can only assume that their back gardens are just as lovely as the front. I imagine that like for most of us, the love and exuberance of gardening spills from the back to the front. But that's just how I picture it. I've never been able to view either of these gardens behind the house.
The first garden is all border, right along the sidewalk. I can testify that it looks great spring, summer and fall. I've seen the couple out there working together and separately and they do a great job. The garden is mostly full sun with a little shade from the willow tree.
The second garden is the opposite; full shade. It gives the appearance of walking into the woods. Large trees overhead, little paths along the way with plantings everywhere. I would have loved to have ventured inside but I didn't want to intrude. You'll have to be content with the few pictures I managed from the edges. It is an intriguing garden that makes one want to wander.
Although I've highlighted these two gardens there are plenty of attractive front gardens in our area. They are the sort that look as if they were planned and planted by the home builder; safe, easy maintenance, that sort of thing. And I don't fault anyone for going that route. A lot of people don't have an interest in gardening, or the time, or they are looking at the resale value of their house. After all, how many people would be attracted to a house with an extensive garden? Well, only gardeners.
Are there some obvious gardeners in your neighborhood? Have you approached them?