Saturday, September 26, 2015
(Karin Thomas & Carol Pica, selected 7/29/15)
Posted by Tantallon Blog at 8:28 PM
The Spring 2015 Landscape Award goes to Aaron and Betty Ruthe, whose beautiful yard is located at 12601 Monterey Circle. Corner lots are notoriously difficult to landscape well, as they are seen from multiple viewpoints; however, the Ruthes have managed to create a design that leads the eye around the house, from side to side, with an array of shapes, color and textures that are in proportion to the ranch-style home. The magnolia near the front door provides a pop of spring color, while the manicured shapes of the shrubbery lining the walk invite further exploration of the foundation beds, as well as the plantings in the side yards. Congratulations to the Ruthes for their meticulously cared-for landscape!
Honorable Mention -- also worthy of note:
- 1205 Firth of Lorne, home to Warren McGriff, is anchored by mature trees on either side of the front of the house and is pleasantly surrounded with a variety of plantings whose color, shape, height and texture enhance the front entrance and also complement the plantings in the neighbor’s yard!
- 12501 Monterey Circle, the residence of Gene and Jennifer Pohren and family, displays a variety of plantings, all of which are well-maintained and to scale with the one-story home. This is a good example of a transitional garden on hold until the weather warms and flowering plants can be added to the landscape.
- 12904 Argyle Circle, owned by Karen Finnegan, shows an inviting array of plants of differing heights, textures and colors that pull the eye up the hilly front yard to the front door. The shrubs chosen for this landscape are well-pruned; the mature trees are balanced by the ground cover and azaleas.
Posted by Tantallon Blog at 8:16 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Maria Herrarte and her mother, Maria Martinez, are the gardeners here while husband, Josue, readily admits that he just mows the grass. But, there is a considerable amount of lawn area here being on a corner lot and his lawn is healthy and well manicured. We congratulate the whole family for having a beautiful property on a prominent corner in Tantallon.
Honorable Mention goes to 1308 Swan Creek Road for continued maintenance to their property which underwent a complete transformation in 2007 and received our award at that time.
(Jean Rositol, Ann Farson, and Janet Crews)
Posted by Tantallon Blog at 11:46 AM
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Begonias are stippled elsewhere throughout the yard providing an accent of reliable red color amidst the summer heat. The foundation plants are in groupings which successfully escort the eye down the walk and across the front bay window. To the left, an island is populated by both mature and younger trees, the latter of which is encircled by shrubs and grasses. The trees serve as an anchor to the corner lawn in addition to providing shade, but without obscuring the entrance. Potted plants leading up the front steps provide a welcome feeling and continue the message of gardeners at heart in residence. (Karin Thomas and Joyce Hawkins)
Posted by Tantallon Blog at 4:08 PM
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The pots of red geraniums on the porch draw the eye to the front door and will help to transition the yard from the color provided by the azaleas. The laciness of a nandina bush and the ornamental cherry tree on either side of the front porch provide a variety of shapes while allowing light through to the windows behind them.
There is a well- designed shade garden to the left of the yard bordered by attractive stone and nicely planted between the trees. While the Beautification Committee looks mainly at the front landscape, glimpses of the back yard through the fence entice the eye with more azaleas and dogwood. A beautiful spring landscape (selected during the first week in May) that will transition well into the other seasons! (Marge Stevens & Rosemary Weller)
Posted by Tantallon Blog at 9:34 PM
The front has a very pleasant appeal with crape myrtle trees that add a lovely proportion to other shrubs and plants in the yard. The view moves the eye down a brick sidewalk to the front door of the home. Just outside the front door are beds with nandinas and azaleas. There had been some annual flowers in the beds that were recently cleaned out for the fall. Liriope plants, sedum, and coral bells also add a beautiful welcome to the front yard. Congratulations to the Terrells – keep up the great gardening you are doing (Ann Farson and Lydia Barbour)
Posted by Tantallon Blog at 9:30 PM