Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ginter Park Inspiration

This past weekend, I went to the annual Ginter Park Garden Tour. I LOVE this event and have been looking forward to it for over a month. I watched the weather all week long and was sure that it’d be a wash out. But lo and behold, Mother Nature took pity on me...the skies cleared and it was a gorgeous day.

Each year, different Ginter Park residents open their gardens (and some homes) for people to come and drool over their labors of love (or the gardner’s labor, as the case may be). As I’ve told you before, my new back yard is a scrubby wasteland. So I was looking for a little inspiration. How long do you think before I could create an oasis like this? 

The gardens were fabulous, but there were also non-flower inspirations for me this year. Greg wants to build a pergola with a screen to shield us from the neighbors...not sure what handy person he thinks is going to build it, but that’s his problem. I really like this one and the columns and the criss cross action up top.

And I love this straight lattice. One of the volunteers told me that this is the way that lattice was originally built in the 1920s. That diagonal lattice is a relatively new concept.  I’m not sure if most people would notice the difference (??), but I think it’s cool.

While I don’t think that’d be too difficult, I really don’t see us redoing a perfectly good railing around the deck. Although...we do plan to rip out all the shrubs in the front of the house and there’s no lattice there. We could add straight lattice below the porch.  Hmmm...

I’d really love to have a nice paver patio area, right off the deck. But I don’t think that’s going to happen either...either money-wise or labor. I’m just afraid of doing it myself and the pavers not coming out quite level and I’d always hate it. What about something like this instead? I’d put some sort of low, small pavers around it to keep the rocks in.

I  generally hate small rocks in a yard, but this one looked really nice in person. What kind of major yard projects are you doing? Or are you like me and you only dream about them and realistically know you’ll never do any of them?!

1 comment:

  1. I have never seen straight lattice before but I really like it!

    I will be very jealous if you get a pergola. If Greg can build one for you, I also expect something :).

    My yard is becoming a pain. I think it is time to give up on the "flowering seasons" concept and just lay sod.

    I have considered the rock option too, but I don't think I could handle the rocks ending up in the grassy areas where they aren't wanted.