The Charlie Brown Lamp Post Garden

by Priscilla on August 6, 2012

This last move excited me since we chose a house in a real live neighborhood.  Our last homes were located in subdivisions, and while we always scored the best neighbors and lived on friendly streets, I longed to live in an area alive with old trees, old homes and old brick roads.  All this old means new windows, new furnaces and and new plumbing, but let’s forget about that for a minute shall we?  One of the best things I discovered about my new old neighborhood is the litany of charming lamp posts, one or two in every yard lighting the sidewalks and pathways.  These lamp posts are covered with climatis vines, surrounded by blooming roses  and borderered with burning bushes.  Except mine.  Mine was overgrown with big orange day lilies.  The kind that look fantastic along the fence rows in the Big Sky Country of Montana, but the gigantic clumps of them in yards for some reason scream “this person has no creativity,”  to me.  I realize some of you out there love the big mounds of daylilies in your yards.  Great, but this is my story of complete ineptness, and I’m going to tell it the way I want.

Needing to fit into my new old street I scoured the internet for ideas and found the design I’d been looking for at www.BackyardGardener.com.  Wonderful site.  Informative.  Creative.  Here’s an artist rendition of a lamp post garden they recommended:

Isn’t it lovely?

When the kids were in school, I spent an afternoon in May rooting out all those darn daylilies, hauled in some peat and cow manure, and planted the coneflowers, blacked eyed susans and climbing climatis as recommmended.  I didn’t have room for the pachysandra so I nixed it.  As of yesterday here’s what I got….

I especially like the “chewed down to the ground by bunnies”  black eyed susans.  They add an especially whimsical touch, don’t you think?

Being creative is overrated.  Nothing wrong with a few clumps of daylilies every now and then.

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Denise Schwartz August 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

LOVED that! You failed to mention that there’s been a drought and it’s hard for things to grow when there’s no water….and when the bunnies invade. Can I just say, your lampost is beautiful? It is!

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irreverent71@gmail.com August 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I’d like to blame the drought except that my new old house has an underwater irrigation system so watering wasn’t the issue. I was. I am not my mother when it comes to all things green growing. Every spring I like to think I am. Every summer it becomes clear I am not.

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virginia mead August 9, 2017 at 1:12 am

Just came across this website Beautiful. i will visit often.
Virginia

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