As I am afflicted with an extreme case of nosy-itis it is impossible for me to refrain from examining other people’s front gardens when I am dawdling down the road. More often than not there is something interesting to spy on, all visible from the street without having to resort to stalker status and causing them to release the dogs. Sometimes I am intrigued by unusual colour schemes or planting combinations. Sometimes a mystery plant gets me wondering or a special specimen gains my admiration. Sometimes I am disappointed by neglect or excessive hard landscaping. The front garden as a forum to show off your gardening prowess has diminished in recent years. They are being converted into hard standings for cars or are so “low maintenance” that it would be stretching the parameters to call it a garden anymore. This saddens me. It has been proved that paving over your front garden exacerbates urban flooding, this is due to the decrease in soak-away and resultant increase in run-off. More than this, any reprieve from harsh tarmac and concrete will surely only improve our environment aesthetically. Not only for ourselves but our neighbours and the curious creatures that walk past your home.
This autumn flowering camellia with its downward facing pink flushed blooms came in both the “mystery plant” and “special specimen” categories.