Friday, June 3, 2011

Curb Appeal: Vicksburg Style

While out running errands one morning this week, I took the time to drive through some of my favorite neighborhoods in Vicksburg. I love photographing them and always find new and interesting things to capture with my camera (which I usually have with me, because you never know what pictures are out there, just waiting to be taken).

This time, it was flowers — beautiful, glorious, colorful, and delightful — flowers! They were everywhere ... in flowerbeds, flower pots, window boxes, and even growing wild on the side of the street.

These happy-looking sunflowers and zinnias were growing beside a garage, and were calling my name.

I just couldn't pass them by, and stopped to ask the homeowner if I could take some pictures. They were lovely, and I enjoyed seeing them up close through my lens, especially the sunflowers.

You can click on the pictures if you'd like to get a closer look.

My next stop was at this neat little green house, and I think you can see why it caught my attention.

Half of the small front yard was covered by a "cottage" style garden featuring daisies, zinnias, Brown-Eyed Susans, and a tangled mass of flowers whose names I don't know. The term "riot of colors" comes to mind, and it was breathtaking, tangled or not.

Here's a closer look at some of the flowers ...

Next door to the green house was this pretty little yellow cottage, with a charming window box gracing a large window. I love the screen porch, too!

I'm not sure what the flowers are, but aren't they lovely!

And speaking of lovely ... These pink Hydrangeas, peeking out amongst the ferns and Virginia Creeper, make a pretty picture.

And I almost missed this little statue which would have been a shame. Isn't it sweet ...

These colorful petunias were across the street ...

And two houses down, this beautiful cobalt planter caught my eye.

As I was driving away, I noticed this pretty little daylily growing wild and untended beside an electrical pole. Bless its heart — it seemed to be saying, "Don't forget me!" ... so I backed up and captured its picture, too.

What a happy little face — doesn't it look like it's smiling!

A few blocks away, I spotted these pink Hydrangeas lining the side of this house.

When I looked at this picture up close, I couldn't help but wonder how many coats of paint are on that old house.

And last, but certainly not least, is this beautiful display of flowers which were beside a sidewalk near the curb for all the neighborhood to enjoy.

Are those Coneflowers?

I hope you enjoyed wandering through some of my favorite neighborhoods with me. We have some very talented gardeners in Vicksburg, and I can appreciate the hard work that went into bringing their creative landscaping ideas to life.


racheld said...

What a morning!!! All the colors and shapes and places---the small green house is just magically set into a perfect little garden, and I DO love the old many-coats-of-paint, like Max Factor and greats puffs of powder spread on withering cheeks.

One small bit of lagniappe you didn't mention---that exquisite filigree balustrade in the picture of the little blue statue---simply beautiful. It's hard not to crave that stunning bit of garnish.

Stacey said...

How pretty. I just love walking through Vicksburg with you. You all are further into summer than we are. :)

nancygrayce said...

Oh, what gorgeous pictures!

Deb said...

love the flowers...the sunflowers are my favorite...I haven't seen any blooming here yet..