Congratulations to our July Yard of the Month: The Langston’s at 1227 Harvard
Kate and Colin Langston and their two little outlaws (rescue Cocker Spaniels named Bonnie and Clyde), have called this sage green- and brown-trimmed Craftsman bungalow home since 2012. In the area of space between the curb of the street and their scalloped white picket fence they have planted a variety of ferns and flowering plants that love the dappled sunlight provided by the Sycamores, Maples, and Live Oaks lining the street. Fronting the street is a Victorian lamppost, installed years ago by the City. This lamp and Kate’s iconic yellow Victorian Pony Express mailbox greet you as you pass through the picket gate, only adding to the quaintness of the house and its landscaping.
Inside the gate is another treat for the eyes. The waterscape fountain, positioned between their Pomegranate and Fourth Anniversary (Fruit) Loquat trees, not only provides drinking water for the many birds, squirrels, and butterflies—it’s also a nursery for tadpoles in the spring. The calming sound of water babbling over rocks invites you from the front porch and adds to the overall experience of serenity this garden offers. Kate and Colin love fruit trees and have many on the property. In addition to the aforementioned Pomegranate and Loquat, the front yard is also home to a young fig tree and a strong-willed Key Lime recovering from last winter’s freeze. As Colin says, “It’s got spirit; we need to give it a chance!” Other plants in the yard include Ironwood and Bottle Brush trees and Mexican Heather.
When approaching the yard, the first thing sure to catch the eye is Kate’s love of yellow. Yellow flowerpots and sculptures are scattered throughout the front yard and porch, a tall yellow ornamental lantern joins them on the front steps. Even the wreath on the front door boasts of yellow. You simply must stroll by.
We would like to thank Zone 9 Tropicals for this months gift certificate for Yard of the Month!