Monday, January 17, 2011

Belated Happy New Year!

I'm embarrassed about how long it's been since I posted. Oh, well, life happens.

Since it's still the beginning of the year, I wanted to post something in honor of Janus, and what could be better than garden gates? On my walks and bike rides around the neighborhood, I've been struck by what gates tell us about the occupants.

My first thought? Drug dealers! Yikes! I wouldn't want to meet the people who live here.

Doesn't this make you feel welcome?

This is one of our gates...

... which, I think, entices you in, in large part because of the way the bricks are laid
I so want to know what's behind this gate

If you want to keep people out with a steel crate, at least this does it with a bit of charm
Here's a detail
This is attached to an ordinary South Florida ranch house and it really shouldn't work, yet, it clearly does

I think these occupants might be fun to get to know. The side gate has a moon and directly behind it, on the wall, is a smiling sun


Floridagirl said...

What a fun post! Loved all these gates, well, except maybe the first. Yes, your garden gate is very inviting, as is that arbor-covered gate in the previous photo. Oh, how I wish I had $$$$ for a really awesome gate! It's good to have something to dream of, I guess.

NanaK said...

I enjoyed the tour of your neighborhood gates. Yours is really nice. I love all the plantings around it. Good to see you posting again!

Meems said...

Good to see you back, Penny. I love looking at gates/doors/entry ways. Yours is especially inviting and the plants are looking so lush and S. Florida. :-)

Happy New Year to you, too.

Terra Mirabilis said...

Thanks, everyone. It's nice to be missed! I want to post frequently but I am taking some weird meds (for an equally weird skin condition) that were originally prescribed as sedatives but work for this problem. So, I have to take them in the evening, which is when I really like to write ... All very trying, but I remember to count my many blessings. :-)

Susan said...

Welcome back! You do have some interesting...and a few serious, heavy duty fences in your neighborhood. Everything does look so nice and green down your way.

Terra Mirabilis said...

Hey, Susan. It's nice to be back. Well, we had about 4" of rain yesterday and it's hot and sticky today. I think I'll even have to mow the lawn for the first time in two months!

David & Melanie said...

Nice to see your post and welcome back. I'm all the way over here in Houston, but I love to stop by your garden blog. I agree...I like your gate very much. I like the tropical look as well. David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

Terra Mirabilis said...

Hi, David. Thanks so much. It's feeling so "tropical" today that I've put the a/c on. Bring back some cool weather!

MrBrownThumb said...

That first gate is rather unwelcoming. I have to agree that the way your pavers are laid out adds to the appeal of your path. I bet the man who lives in the house with the whimsical gate is someone's funny uncle.

Terra Mirabilis said...

Thanks, MBT. My great aunt lived in a thatched cottage built in the 16thC and the garden paths were all laid out like that. I always wanted to copy them.

I reckon you're right about the funny uncle.