Monday, April 10, 2006

IDM Quiz...


Are these pictures of Augusta National's famed Amen Corner, or are they the hanging gardens of Babylon?

In fact it's a trick question. These are pictures of the Alva back yard in the absolutely fantastic spring we're having down here in Georgia. In the South, spring comes early and is over very rapidly. Normally, it goes from cool springtime temps to 90's in the span of a month and a half. As a newly minted old guy, one of the indications of achieving this status comes when you wake up one day to discover much to your dismay, that you're obsessed with how your yard looks. When we built our house ten years ago, the builder gave us the standard Bermuda sod in the front and side yards, seeded Kentucky Fescue in the back. This mixture of grass species is not the best way to go here in the South.

Kentucky Fescue is a cool climate grass which goes dormant in the heat of the summer. It appears to die and nearly goes to hay, so fescue looks it's best in the spring and fall.

Bermuda on the other hand, loves the hot temps and heavy humidity. In the winter, it goes completely yellow. It looks like yellow steel wool during this time. While the Bermuda requires little to look good in the way of maintenance, the fescue is a bitch and I've only had one or two years where it's met with my satisfaction to any degree. Based on this, there are only two times during the year in which the whole property looks tip top: briefly in the spring, and during our gorgeous fall. This year however, it appears that I've knocked it out of the park with a little help from my friends at True Green. Not only does it look nice, but my little one and her friends are of the age where they can make good use out of a nice yard full of green grass.

While the fall is great for so many reasons (College football being the most important), spring is great too. The azaleas and the dogwoods are something else and they’re everywhere around our property. If New York owns the most beautiful falls (and it does), then Georgia boasts the greatest springs. As golf fans out there can attest, The Masters is an opportunity to show the world just how beautiful a Georgia spring realy is. This one is shaping up to be particularly spectacular.

UPDATE: All due props to Crazy Neighbor Lady for the flox seen in the picture on the left. It is indeed beautiful (that's the little lavander colored ground cover for all the non-yard obsessed).

11 Comments:

At 4:14 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Chrispy said...

ooooh! I knew the answer to the trick question!

 
At 9:24 AM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Yoda Jacket said...

Crazy Neighbor Lady is upset that she was not given credit for the pictured Phlox and Japanese Maple.

 
At 10:37 AM, April 11, 2006, Blogger hazmat said...

And is the Maui Wowi used in the inside of the house.

 
At 11:14 AM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Dave Cavalier said...

I know it's not the Hanging Gardens of Bablyon, because those would be a pile of ruins and U.S. bomb casings

 
At 11:37 AM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Chrispy said...

When are we going to get some pictures of the patio party pad?

 
At 1:14 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Tony Alva said...

The Maui Wowi days are over for me, but Jackson & Chrispy christened my place when they were both here last year. I have to admit, felt a nostalgic pull to partake, but declined.

 
At 1:16 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Tony Alva said...

We've had a few technical issues out in the party pad that Yoda Jacket and I are working on, but it's coming. Stay tuned...

 
At 3:57 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Jackson said...

Your days of partaking may be over, but a cross of Kentucky Blue with some Humboldt Sativa would yeild excellent results, whic in turn would allow Chris and I to travel to Lawrenceville without that annoying moment at airport security.

 
At 8:52 AM, April 12, 2006, Blogger billecart-babe said...

so - is this Crazy Neighbor Lady hot?

 
At 10:22 AM, April 12, 2006, Blogger Tony Alva said...

...Oh she's hot alright, but crazy as a loon.

 
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