Our favorite space is the gazebo we put on at that time.
Octagonal in shape, 14 feet wide, the gazebo is attached to the extant front porch of the house. Because of that, it stands seven feet above the front yard and allows us to look through graceful white columns down on the seasonal beauty there, as house wrens and robins zoom by our heads like birds in the air of paradise.
Over the years, we developed the yard in the form of a French clos (a walled vineyard), giving us privacy from a busy street corner. Ancient huge azaleas (they were big and old when we started caring for them 35 years ago), dogwoods, a red maple, a coral bark maple, white hydrangeas, three redbuds and leaping viburnum form an enclosure around a central green lawn.
In the spring, the azaleas, redbuds and dogwoods are a riot of color. It looks like a whimsical clown has come to our yard with 20 cans of spray paint — whites, pinks, reds, corals, magentas, purples — just for our joy!
In the summer, the shining green lawn plays off the pinks and reds of bordering astilbe, the white daggers of viburnum and the snowy globes of hydrangeas.
In the fall, the maples burn in reds. The grass darkens in green. The azaleas exhale their scent, a spice unnameable.
Winter comes. We put away our outdoor couches, benches and chairs. In their place, a lighted Christmas tree and the hope for a blanket of snow.
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