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: