But the Yard of the Month in Kosciusko this month was one for the glossy magazines. I've seen stuff like this in the swarm of garden, decorating, quilting and travel magazines that burst from our mail box each month.
Yes, we are "into" magazines. Addicted would be a better description. If we spent in our own yard half of the time we normally spend leafing through magazines, there would be a significant difference.
Anyway, Gordon and I were on our way back from Newton on May 6th, and to avoid letting me stop at a Super Walmart, he routed us through Kosciusko, Forkville and Dekalb and Morton and Magee and other little communities I cannot remember. As always, I'll slowly work in some of the pictures in future posts.
Gordon did not realize that Kosciusko has a Super Walmart too, but by that time, I was too "into" taking pictures of pretty Kosy to worry about dragging him into a Walmart.
Gordon made the mistake of letting me drive around in Kosciusko to take the pictures I wanted.
(Deep haunted house laugh here.)
He was holding onto the hand holds in that van for dear life. When we got home and he managed to pry his white knuckles off of those hand holds, he started calling me "Whiplash Penny".
He bounces ME all over the place when he drives. I just don't complain about it. Besides, I have a wider center of gravity that allows me some extra shock absorbtion like an independent suspension system above and beyond what comes with the van.
Anyway, when I found this magazine cover in real life, I made the block and came to a stop almost in the dead center of the street. Ok, I pulled over to the side about a foot, but that was all I could move out of the road.
No one was coming in either direction. Anyone would have understood why I had stopped to take pictures. This is the friendly South. A wave and a smile and hop back into the van to move on would have solved any possible irritation because this woman with a camera was taking shots of this house like a possessed fashion photographer.
Poor Gordon was either too scared to say anything at this point, or maybe he had gone to his "safe place" in his mind. At any rate, he did not flap his gums at me about my parking choice, not that anything he said wold have changed my behavior. Ha!
I hope you realize that Gordon and I have a running thing about teasing each other about stuff like this.
Do you know this yard in Kosy? Who are the people?
Who made the flamingo yard art? Local or mail order? I see a glimpse of more pink yard art in picture three. Any idea what it is? Another flamingo?
Wanna help me identify some of the plants? I see Larkspur, poppy (old fashioned type?) What other plants can you identify?
Oh, when I stepped out of the van to take the pictures, the air was heavy with the perfume of these flowers. It was a fantastic detour to avoid Walmart!
5-19-08 Update: DAR Friend Mary Lynn in Baton Rouge wrote me today (Monday) with some help identifying the flowers. I'm sure she won't mind if I take the lazy path of a copy and paste of her email.
"What a gorgeous yard!!
"Photo 1 --The purples are larkspur and the pinks are snapdragons (those were the wonderful smell you mentioned).
"Photo 2 -- the lower purple flowers are verbena and the red looks like roses -- maybe antique varieties that smell wonderful.
"I adore the kooky pink flamingo in the first photo.
You find the neatest places to photograph!! Thanks for the wonderful glimpses of north MS culture.
Mary Lynn in Baton Rouge"
Thanks, Mary Lynn. One of these days I'm coming to Baton Rouge to learn spinning and weaving from you and share every fun moment of it with the blog world!