My Neighbourhood Footpaths
Once we had lawn growing along the side of our footpaths, so-called Nature Strips, cropped as close as possible and a generally boring sight they were too.
The last few years we have been indulging ourselves in growing all sorts of pretty or useful plants beside the pavement.
Take a stroll around my neighbourhood with me and see what our nature strips look like now.
Footpath Garden in my Street
I take a short walk along this footpath every day and it never fails to soothe me. Summer, Winter, or in between, this is the best part of my street. At the end of the path is the Merri Creek.
Walking in my neighbourhood
Strolling around my neighbourhood is one of my greatest pleasures
Some days it's an adventure and I set out, with a bottle of water, into the unknown, following the words of Stephen KIng. You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go .... well, anywhere at all.
Other days, it's a leisurely ramble, checking on the yellow roses in one garden, the fantastic jungle of vegetables in another and the never ending renovations in the house at the end of the street.
I stop and chat to neighbours, admire fat babies (I've seen many grow up), exchange greetings with a friendly dog or two, welcome a newcomer and, almost every day, discuss that constant topic of contention, the weather.
On the corner of my street
A lovely bright display. Echium towers over golden daisies
The place where the sidewalk ends
Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
Supper from the Sidewalk
Now here's a lovely pavement surprise!
Fresh vegetables grown in what was a plain old bit of a grass strip. What an improvement! Practical too.
Richard is our resident topiarist.
He's also a very friendly and generous bloke who maintains spectacular Christmas lights
Thick shrubbery protects against the afternoon sun from the north west
A new footpath garden
This time next year, the footpath will be transformed into a mini Oriental garden
A Footpath Garden can be so simple
It doesn't take much to transform the sidewalk.
A tree, blasted by lightning, was removed from here, the daisy bush planted originally to cover the gaping hole.
"Play on lively, diversified sidewalks differs from virtually all other daily incidental play"
As simple as Agapanthus
Advice on Ground Covers
Simple yet detailed, transform your lawn or swing your sidewalk.
Lots of photos for inspiration
How about you?
Do you have a footpath garden?
All photos are taken by myself, Susanna Duffy
© 2012 Susanna Duffy