Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m coveting. My little neighborhood has a civic league which awards the honor of “Best Yard of the Month” to a deserving home. That yard even gets a sign that proclaims the award to anyone passing by, including those of us losers who have a mediocre front yard. The people who get this award have worked hard on planning and planting and deserve the recognition. Our little courtyard in back is quite nice, especially in the spring and early summer when the roses and lilies are in bloom, and the Carolina jasmine is flowering, but, admittedly, other than mowing my postage-stamp-sized yard, I haven’t done anything in the front to deserve notice.
I decided to do something about this recently. A couple of weeks ago, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law from Florida visited, and we took them to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens where I was able to get some ideas to make my yard look good enough to get that sign. It took some work, but I wanted to show you the before and after pictures and get your opinion.
Here is what the front of our house used to look like:
Here is the after picture:
That sign is about to be mine! Are you buying any of this?