April 2012

posted Apr 2, 2012, 6:49 PM by Vickery Place   [ updated Apr 9, 2012, 6:36 PM ]
Angie and Juan Ramos' home at 5422 Belmont catches your eye the moment you are on the block.  The periwinkle blue 1921 Craftsman bungalow cannot be ignored partly because of the vibrant and cheerful paint color and partly because of the lush front yard.  The Ramos family has owned the home for 37 years and during that time they have landscaped the yard  much in the way that you remember your granny's yard was planted--not landscaped in a deliberate way but filled with the flowers and plants that the gardener loves.  In the center of the yard stands a Texas Mountain Laurel ready to bloom its lilac colored, droopy blooms.  Surrounding the Laurel are beds that are brimming with dark grape,  powder blue and lavender irises.  Larkspur pop out between every plant, some blooming a delicate baby pink and blue and some a striking purple hue.  Bee and butterfly attracting plants abound, including pink cone flower, purple verbena, red and white salvia and yellow snap dragons.  The main anchors of the garden are the huge pink rose arbor at the front walk with fragrant antique roses already in full bloom and a white Kousa dogwood tree to the right of the house.  This garden has an old fashioned feel that fits perfectly with the house and the neighborhood and makes you want to sit on porch with a lemonade and watch the bees and butterflies go about their business.  The homeowners will be awarded with a $50 gift card from North Haven Gardens so they can continue to beautify their yard through the summer.