Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Altadena Hiker Gardening Awards

Among the finalists, we have:

A stunning example of the Utilitarian Aesthetic. Disguise these beauties? Not a chance. Note the careful arrangement of additional features; they don’t compete, they actually draw the eye on its exciting journey to the ultimate destination.




Inspired use of natural and manmade materials. Sculpture of recycled palm fronds suggests good friends and open-pit barbeque on hot and windy summer nights. What else can we say but rare and well done!



Honorable Mention

Breakfast on the Terrace



Welcome

35 comments:

  1. I'm feeling better about my "jardin" already.

    wv abirde
    a birde in the hand is worth two in the bushe

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  2. It's a good thing you didn't sneak in to my back yard. With my dying patch of lawn, I may have been a contender.

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  3. I will not send you photos of my weed patch.

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  4. I would have given the dining alfresco garden higher marks. Guess that's why I'm not a judge.

    JJ

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  5. I'll bet you hold your tongue in your cheek when you write like this.

    Another funny post.

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  6. My vote goes for #1. Great symmetry & balance. And, it's hard to beat basic black.

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v52Igdotisk

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  8. Breakfast on the terrace, please.

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  9. Yes. I like the trailer near the terrace.

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  10. KB, I do love me some Paris FRANCE. But....... I sorely miss your wit when I'm out of pocket. You are the BEST Sistah. Chez Virg is sucking hind tit. I've got to get serious about life in Birmingham and get over my Paris fetish. Maybe there will be photos of my kudzu pit ( former dog pen) in the future.

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  11. Oh yeah, you're all scratching your heads about this:http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Suck+the+hind+tit

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  12. Succor in the nether regions? Quelle concept.

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  13. Very funny, from start to finish.

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  14. I love the shades of black and gray in the first photo. It's a very necessary landscaping asset.

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  15. Thank you. I've been looking for ideas and now I'm inspired.

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  16. The Terrace: A little bit of Arkansas right here in the San Gabriel Valley!

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  17. Hee, hee, hee, it must have been fun walking the Altadenahood to award these prizes. What can you give them to imbed in their gardens to compete with the Golden Trowels and Golden Arrows?

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  18. Is there a Sit 'N Sleep Award for the street with the most mattresses on display?

    WV: upentagu. You're it!

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  19. Love it! Have you been looking at these same beautiful yards for sometime wondering how you could pay tribute? I'd like to nominate neighbors of ours with both Halloween and Christmas decorations on their porch. Complete with pointsettia.

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  20. Heh heh! Say, those palm fronds have given me an idea. Here I've been dutifully cutting mine into foot long pieces for the rubbish bin each week. What a waste...

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  21. Grand entries. I give the first image the Oscar Award, (of Sesame Street fame); notice the red ribbons adorning the black cans - lovely! And those bleakly gray power cabinets, the perfect compliment to the urban landscape.

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  22. The brown grass is okay--they're being "water wise" in our time of drought.

    The cars on the lawn remind me of my Florida cousin who once told me she was a hick. I said, "at least you don't have cars on the lawn" and she said, "No, boats."

    I have to say, though, the green gate with the trash at its base is my favorite. It just calls out to me. It's got that touch of mystery, of je ne sais quoi.

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  23. We'll leave the light on for you, P.

    You all make excellent points. I have just a few more in the hopper, so we'll see.

    (Bec, as Rob would say, that's Oscar-worthy.)

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  24. Yikes....at least my weeds are still green.

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  25. Leave it to you to make the unappealing funny!

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  26. Hilarious. Especially like breakfast on the terrace.

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  27. I'm with Petrea on The Green Gate With Trash. Indeed, I feel so welcome.

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  28. The green gate does have a certain charm to it, but why do I keep thinking about things going on in there that someday will come out on the evening news... and be repeated for weeks, months, or even years and discussed endlessly on Nancy Grace?

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  29. now I know what's "Behind the Green Door"

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  30. To "Anonymous said..."

    love that song

    loved that interpretation more

    I was expecting porn

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  31. Excuse me, but I did not give you permission to photograph my garden. You totally missed the aesthetic I was going for, which I like to call trashy chic. I'm a little insulted that you didn't "get" that.

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  32. PA: Looks like you are ... biased.

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  33. Breakfast on the Terrace speaks to me. It wins my vote.

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