Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ideas To Transform A Yard In The Hood

I will be using large scale art in the patio area of the garden

The weather is fine. Mighty fine. Spring has sprung in New Orleans, and everyone is cleaning up the yard and gardening.

My yard has been a mess since Katrina did some serious pruning. Trees down, fences down, rubble and trash and ruin.

Finally the fence is up, the trees hauled away, and my gradual planting and clean up work is paying off.

I am using lots of rock and gravel
And a grouping of four comfy chairs

I have been looking at pictures of gardens and yards, and started a clipping file.
Three elements that have inspired me are: Art in the garden, rocks and gravel, and repetition.

The houses in New Orleans are close together
We have a 120 year old brick path between our house and the neighbor's
I love the use of repetition down a narrow walkway

Coming soon the new and improved Visual Vamp yard! The rebirth garden! Don't get too excited. It's still a yard in the hood. And I love it.


Beadboard UpCountry said...

Yup you are on the right track Valorie! I love the walkway too.....Maryanne xo

Tara Dillard said...

Art, gravel/stone, repetition.

You are gardening with the TRINITY of the ages.

Can't wait to see your garden.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

oh i can't wait to see your yard. i should have been out working in mine today. but i was lazy.

Carollynn @ designGumbo said...

Looking forward to seeing what your backyard looks like and how you're sprucing it up. I have grand delusions of what my backyard "could" look like, however we're drywalling the stairwell to the bedrooms. Indoors first, then outdoors, I guess.

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Laura said...

I love your garden! I can imagine cozying up around the fire pit and enjoying a nice glass of wine. :)

Lauren Bradway said...

Hello Valerie and Alberto, I have been following Alberto's recovery, as well as the redo of the tango parlour, dining room, kitchen and soon to come your backyard. I'm happy to know things are going so well for both of you.

I had a serious illness myself last year, and so I know what a wonderful feeling it is to get back to doing the simple things we love most.

Lauren Bradway, Neptune Beach, FL

Irene said...

Wonderful inspiration, can't wait to see your interpretation. I could live in the hood if it looked this wonderful.

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Lila said...

Way cool. Love the idea of painting on stucko for the artwork!
Lila Ferraro

Renae Moore said...

Your garden in the hood is lookin' good!

Jamie Herzlinger said...

I love your blog! Great posts last week and today!
Have a great week!
Jamie Herzlinger

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Valorie- Sounds beautiful. I'm tempted by pea gravel for a patio in my yard. I wonder how it is to maintain?


pve design said...

Have you read "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" - I can only imagine your garden to possess a bit of both! A dear friend always told me a garden needs humans to make it good. Numbers, 3, 5, 7 and nine for planting bring good too.
Sculpture is also a love in the time you come we have to go to Kykuit, a favorite garden in my hood. Enjoy the Spring.

Elizabeth said...

You know that first photo is a Matisse, right?

Reyna said...

These look very lovely! I can't wait to see you new and rebirthed garden!!

Hope all is well, Valorie!