Friday, January 09, 2009

I've seen better days


Buffalo in Bloom used to be a real competition, but now they pretty much give anyone an award who has bothered to create a front garden. (You do have to have more than just a lawn, I'll concede them that!) All the same, their website happened to pass before my eyes this morning and it was fun to look at my front garden as it was when they gave me my 2008 BIB award. It is a little sign in front, while in the window you can see my Urban Roots poster. (I only have it up for a few weeks in the summer.)

As you can see, this is mainly foliage—the trees have leafed out, providing the usual dry full shade. Hostas need to be my friend. It must be somewhat earlier in the summer though, because the window boxes are not that full yet. For the heck of it, I picked another address at random from the 100s on the website, from a street I had never heard of. And I have no idea where it is:

South Buffalo maybe. Interesting, because they hardly ever include people in their shots. I like it for that reason.

16 comments:

IBOY said...

That guy with the hose needs a beer in his left hand! :o)
don

EV guy said...

At least your street made the cut. I dont' know what is going on with posting this year, but there is large section that seems to be missing. There is nothing from Lancaster Ave, only 2 from St. James, nothing from Auburn btwn Elmwood & Delaware...

EAL said...

Iboy, he is totally rocking the Hawaiian shirt and I give him full props for that.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Congrats anyway EAL. The guy in the front garden is ready for action.

Carol said...

You've created a beautiful garden in spite of the dry shade (or I guess working with it). I'd love to see a picture of it when all the spring bulbs are flowering.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Your front garden is really beautiful! Foliage is more important than just blooms. Very inviting from the street.

Thanks for stopping by my Defining Your Home Garden blog today to read about my Rain Garden.

Cameron

Becky at Cool Garden Things said...

Beautiful foliage!

Chandramouli S said...

Well, the front looks so neat! Great work and yea, congratulations!

LostRoses said...

Well, it may be "mainly foliage" but it's elegant and stylish. You deserve your award, Elizabeth.

There probably should have been a special "color" award for 604 St. Lawrence Ave. which I randomly clicked on. They obviously planted the liatris for a reason!

EAL said...

OMG, Lost Roses. I am scared by some of these.

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

I was thinking about doing a bit of a post on Buffalo in Bloom too–I just received my (lame) certificate of appreciation from the mayor. I'll still get to it in a couple of weeks.

Seems as though it's lost some of its relevance now that they give out seemingly inconsistent awards, but anything that encourages gardening and recognizes people, all the while improving neighborhoods is still great by me.

EAL said...

Jim, they are awarding for plastic flowers.

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Yeah, well, plastic can be pretty.

Layanee said...

Love your front garden and the house looks so inviting. So very different from the second picture. I know there is dappled sunlight and greenery somewhere in our future.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Now Elizabeth, I grew up in South Buffalo so you watch yourself, girl!

EAL said...

People. I LIKE the picture. I like that there is a person in it. I like the flowers--delphs, I think. No comparison was intended.