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Stalking neighbourhood yards

On the drive to my parents house, there are a few houses that always catch my eye becauce of their landscape design. On the drive up today, I snapped some quick photos for my inspiuration book. Here are 2 of my recent favourites……


I ADORE the juxposition of the formality of the boxwood that frames these wild purple flowers (any idea what they are?) Love it, simply love it. And I also love that it’s symetrical, two identical arrangements on either side of the walkway.


And this, I again love the hit of lilac colouring, and in this case, boxwood framing in some Hydrangeas.


A close up.

I could only muster up the courage to stalk 2 yards…..if I get my courage back I’ll snap some more later on. I don’t know about you, but I felt kind of creepy photographing things from my car! 😉

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    July 1, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Both landscapes are lovely, especially the first one! It's hard to tell from the photo, but could the flowers be foxglove (digitalis)?

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    Lee Currie
    July 1, 2010 at 1:57 am

    THIS is one of (the many) reasons I wanted to stay in TO. I love those neighbourhoods. Such creativity and fun. You don't have to be "stuffy" to live in those parts. Must show this post to husband. Maybe I can move back. Question: what area?

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    [email protected]
    July 1, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I bet they wouldn't mind you taking pictures – if someone asked me, I'd be happy to let them!

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    July 1, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I love checking out other people's lawns for inspiration, it's a great real-life resource.

    And I LOVE those hydrangeas!!

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    July 1, 2010 at 5:32 am

    So lush and beautiful. Nothing quite like that here in the desert.

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    July 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Definitely hydrangeas, beautiful ones at that!

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    July 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I think those purple flowers may be lupins.

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    July 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Love the first picture. It looks so elegant and beautiful. I definitely love the way the house looks too 🙂

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    July 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Did you see you are on Spearmint? Woot!

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    July 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Anonymous & Katie – At first glance both of the flowers you mentioned do indeed look like the one in the top photo, but actually aren't them surprisingly. The flowers in the top photo are more "wild and crazy" if that makes any sense. I actually noticed that my neighbours have one of these flowers in their yard so I'll try to see if I can get a good photo from that to show you.

    Becky – I considered going up to their house and asking, but with Oscar sleeping in the back, and wanting to snap a quick inspirational photo from the car I figured it was ok. If I was walking on their lawn, taking photos, that may be a different story! 😉

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    July 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I am a new follower of your blog and I just wanted to say I LOVE all the before/after and decor ideas! I take inspirational "curb appeal" photos around town too! ( :

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    July 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I love those "wild & crazy" purple flowers too; the colour is lovely, but the abandon is so fun!! We've been working on the landscaping in our front yard this year so stalking yards is a favourite passtime 😉
    Victoria @ DesignTies

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    July 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    It's hard to tell from this distance what the purple flowers are, but my guess would be catmint.

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    July 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Hi there,
    I'm always inspired by what my neighbours are doing in their yards too! I think the purple wispy flowers might be astilbe – they come in a purple colour like that and also pink, white and a dark reddish colour. I could be totally wrong but they have a very similar look – green with a wispy, flower like top.

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    Laura HH
    July 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    the purple flowers in the first picture are a type of Salvia. Lupins are also purple but have a much smaller flower.

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