|Yard of the Month|
Mandarin Garden Club
As you arrive at Barbara's, you will see the lovely front yard she has created. Barbara and her family ( she greeted us holding her beautiful grandson) moved to the property 28 years ago. She told me everything was bare when she arrived except what the builder had installed. Having lived in California and Georgia before moving to Jacksonville, she had to figure out North Florida gardening. And believe me she has!
Barbara works from home and enjoys her gardens all day long. Her neighbor, Diane Frisco, nominated her for the Yard of the Month, and tells me Barbara works in her yard every day after work. Barbara said she had always enjoyed gardening no matter where she lived. She has created a "little heaven on earth" for her family, friends and neighbors to enjoy.
We started our tour on the left side of her house where she has a beautiful rain chain hanging from a gutter. As we walked around the house, we saw huge Snake Plants, Bird of Paradise, Blue Saliva, Purple Passion Vines, Sunflowers, bird houses and feeders, Roses and other plants and flowers I forgot to write down. I was so thrilled with what I was seeing! Heavens, as we walked into the back yard, my fascination continued! Barbara has created a beautiful water garden with huge goldfish swimming around. There was an angel fountain pouring water into the water garden. Pots of Coleus, Caladiums, and other plants surround the pond and fountain. It was a very peaceful place to sit and enjoy the quite and beauty of the summer evening approaching.
When you turn around and look into the backyard, Barbara has a huge butterfly garden. She has planted loads of Milkweed, Lantana, Daises, Herbs, and every kind of plants that attract butterflies. She has installed several lovely butterfly houses. I was just amazed at all of the Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Sulfurs, Swallow Tails, and Skippers flying around. It was a beautiful sight in the late afternoon. Her yard has large trees and tall ferns surrounding the trees. The birds were singing and butterflies were flitting around. It was indeed a pretty sight! We continued around the right side of the house where there are large light green Caladiums planted and the approaching evening light caught their beauty. Then we proceeded to the front yard and installed the Yard of the Month Sign. What a lovely visit we had to Barbara's yard and gardens! We all agreed it was worth a trip down Mandarin Road.
To nominate a neighbor's yard for The Mandarin Garden Club's Yard of the Month Program you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-268-1192.