Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Behind Wrought Iron

I went for a long walk this morning in the South End, enjoying the slightly crisper, cooler air. I found the prettiest porch on a Shawmut Avenue guest house:


Talk about curb appeal! The plants on the steps are sweet potato vines and African impatiens, two easy-care plants that usually reward you by growing like crazy all summer, providing loud, continuous color.

I saw several interesting gardens behind wrought-iron fences. I enjoy decorative wrought-ironwork, but on this walk, I found myself focusing on things contained by it. The best garden is on Appleton Street:


I'd never seen this one before — an oasis of calm and color where you least expect it. I walked through a parking lot to get to it.

This little bird was having a great time bathing in the fountain.


Here are two more gardens behind wrought iron:

A private, wild garden

Union Park in morning shade

Imagine what it would be like to have a few elegant, refreshing fountains along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. I'd love that. The sound of splashing water is so soothing.  Just hearing it makes me a few degrees cooler.

Finally, here's an alert tiger cat, also behind wrought iron:

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