Friday, May 30, 2008

Using Evergreens in Landscaping

For Mother's Day, we went on a little field trip to Oak Park for the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio & Home Tour. We loved it and I recommend it to anyone who admires his work or Prairie Style architecture and design.

That's me and my Mom in front of the studio.

Afterwards, we went for a walk around the historic district in Oak Park where the museum resides.

The landscaping on this home stuck out for me for it's use of a variety of evergreens in the border.

Here in Chicago, we have a short growing season and in winter alot of yards look pretty drab. Having evergreens provides year round greenery and also shelter for birds and other wildlife. Yes, we have wildlife in the city too.

I really like the way they used different colors and textures and even sizes of evergreens in this border. Mark my words, we will have more evergreens in our yard in time.

And for kicks, here are a few shots for the house voyeurs out there. These homes were all located in the historic district near the museum.

This house is the first project Wright took on after leaving Adler & Sullivan as an independant. He was fired for doing side jobs.

I think you can see the influence of Sullivan in these details. Beautiful home!

Now where were we?

Dear Readers,

I must apologize for my lack of posting. More and more it seems, life has a way of taking over and my blogging falls by the wayside. I still think of you, my fellow housebloggers and even when I don't read as often I wonder about your progress --in my quieter moments.

The problem is when I don't blog, when I come back to it, I just don't know where to start. Should I post about the yard, the patio, a great field trip we took (house-related) or my garden plans?
I suppose it doesn't matter so much. So, to catch up a bit I'll start by saying Happy Mothers Day, Happy Memorial Weekend. I missed both of those!

And I'll show you these photos of our lawn taken last weekend. Spring repair went pretty well. It is amazing how different the yard is in the growing season compared to early spring. Now back to work and my next post.

Thanks for reading!

Chicago 2-Flat