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The Value of Your Front Yard
Along with April showers comes National Landscape Architecture Month, Earth Day – celebrated on April 22 and on April 26, the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture and the designer of New York's Central Park, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and many other extraordinary gardens and parks though out our country. So, I thought April would be the perfect month to consider "The Value of Your Front Yard".
I wrote about the added value of landscaping to real estate in last September's Eva's Notes & News, "Does Landscaping Add Value To Your Home. However, it's worth repeating that,
"Your front yard is the face of your property. Not only does it greet you every day, it's the first thing potential buyers see should you ever decided to put your home on the market. Therefore, 'curb appeal,' isn't just a real estate catch phrase, it's a reality. According any number of studies, a well landscape property can increase it's sale price from 7% - 15%."
"It's important that such decisions not be based on arbitrary ideas, or criteria overly personalized. This is not the time to get in touch with your inner self.
In making a $30,000 decision about a stock investment, you'd want hard, objective facts to guide you, right? Wouldn't you, at the very least, want to explore the ideas of others? Well, you need to seek similar advice and gather comparable facts in the matter of home landscaping design."
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If you'd like to set up a phone consultation or arrange a site inspection of your garden, now is the time to give a call (323-461-6556) or email me. In addition to my work as a landscape designer and contractor, I love giving advice and have provided garden consultations to any number of folks with great results.
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Plant Of The Month
As the official state flower of California the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is pictured on welcome signs along highways entering California. April 6 is designated California Poppy Day.
It was selected as the state flower by the California State Floral Society in December 1890, winning out over the Mariposa lily (genus Calochortus) and the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) by a landslide, but the state legislature did not make the selection official until 1903. Its golden blooms were deemed a fitting symbol for the Golden State.
Best grown in full sun and sandy, well-drained, poor soil, the poppy can grow 5–60 cm tall, with alternately branching glaucous blue-green foliage.
The flowers are solitary on long stems, silky-textured, with four petals, each petal 2–6 cm long and broad; their color ranges from yellow to orange, and flowering is from February to September. The petals close at night or in cold, windy weather and open again the following morning, although they may remain closed in cloudy weather.
Horticulturists have produced numerous cultivars with various other colors and blossom and stem forms. These typically do not breed true on reseeding. Seeds are often sold as mixtures.
California poppy leaves were used medicinally by Native Americans, and the pollen was used cosmetically. The following are a list of some of its herbal uses:
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