the longest time Iíve browsed garden themed coffee table books with
slick, glossy photos of wealthy peoples gardens. Iíve thought to
do these people deserve recognition? Very few of them have done the
themselves, they hire designers to place the plants and laborers to do
the dirty work. Why should those gardens, "created" by people that
never really put their actual hands on them, be the only ones in books?
They have the money to buy recognition and good taste. But
what about the real gardeners? The ones that creatively use limited
space and materials to create an oasis in a small parcel of land?
Heights is luckily home to many such gardens, bits of green spaces in
growing concrete. Wild gardens, practical mini farms, pots of every
recycled cans, old tires. All created, designed and cultivated by their
caretakers. These are the muddied fingered gardeners that deserve
for their hard work and their ability to make gardens more complex,
than their glossy paged brethren.
page is a long time coming. Donít try and look for some of these
because they might not be around anymore. Such is the fleeting beauty
gardens, here one season gone the next. In a constant state of flux and
If my landlords hadnít banished me from the garden, I'd still be out
there contributing my own creations. They prefer the sterile
parks, all orderly, all the time. They couldnít
my "eccentric and wild tastes" such as having some leaves or branches
breach the chain link fence, Heaven Forbid!
most amazing thing is that the role of the front yard is not strictly
lawns and roses but a little of everything.
recycled materials made red roses, palm, bamboo maiz growing towards the sun
bird must drink, even in your garden
i guess you can use crates for more than records bucket brigade various herbs, chives, dahlia, aloe
roman... ice plants, palm trees ruins?
A peaceful front yard can rival the Vatican's! sword fern, coleus, night blooming jasmine, chilipitin, peach tree, la virgen
homemade squash trellis with gladiolus in foreground spider web trellis
practical uses of space front yard/urban farms
is it mayberry?
no it's lincoln heights! geranium oh deer! the only place you'll see one of these round these parts! basil
tienes un nopal en la frente... succulent display lantana, jade plant, banana, canna lily
TIREd of the same old thing? crown of throns, old tire staghorn fern, bird of paradise, citrus tree
interested in trading succulents, plants, seeds or have a garden to recommend?
Drop me a note to say hello...