and Anne Smith ventured to Colonial Acres 55 years ago
to purchase their first home. This was when lawns were former
farmers' fields, and the lovely trees that grace our neighborhood
with spring flowers, summer shade, fall bounty of nuts, and
sensational foliage were few and far between. Spring rain would
turn the new homeowners' yards to mud. However, the Smiths'
love for their home and neighborhood shared by so many residents
for fifty-plus years provides the remarkable stability we enjoy today.
The Smiths chose a low maintenance style of landscape. The
structure is provided with well-selected ornamental Japanese
maples, towering oaks, and shrubbery recommended for its leaf
color, texture, and seasonal interest. The Smiths chose enviro
fescue for their heavy shaded lawn. The north side of the home
did not provide the turf the Smiths desired. Their landscaper
Roscoe suggested a clever idea used in Japanese stroll gardens.
The stepping-stones were angled to a diamond and placed in a
bed of pea gravel. The basket-weaved redwood fence provides
privacy and a backdrop for pots of waxed angel-wing begonias, with splashes
of red and pink angel-wing adding interest to the
patio. There is a comfortable canopy swing for relaxing and a soft
spot to rest while grilling out and entertaining. The birds enjoy their
feeders and birdbath. Brass wind chimes add interest. The back
lawn is softened with pink peony, lavender clematis, and honeybell
hostas. The snowball bush has globes with hundreds of individual
delicate white blossoms and was a homewarming gift from Anne's
mom, who inspired Anne's joy of a lovely garden. Anne's favorite
flower is the camellia.
In the photo
above, Anne had leaned the
YOM sign against a bush to be picked up.
We both heard someone yelling, "you've
won two months in a row!" and giving her
a standing ovation was her neighbor from
across the street. It can't get better than that!
Anne's favorite gardening center is Stringer's
at 2974 Poplar Ave, 901-458-3109.