Smith wins Yard of Week honors
Floyd Smith, who lives at 914 High St., has been a keeper of the earth as long as we've known him. He has kept a pretty yard; nice trees, grass, shrubs and flowers whether it was at the corner of Sixth and King where he and Rosalie lived for years or their new residence on High Street. When we had our greenhouse, Floyd and Rosalie would come out each spring to buy their flowers. Rosalie would comment that they were Floyd's flowers, he planted them and took care of them, but she enjoyed them too.
Although there are six mature sugar maple trees surrounding Floyd's yard, at 80 years old, he is still planting trees. He has added two Bradford pear trees and a pin oak tree. The young Bradford tree in the front yard was given in memory of Rosalie in 2000. It was given to him by the Rainbow Preschool but chosen and planted by Floyd.
In Floyd's doorway there is a pot of cactus and by the porch are four pots of geraniums. A yew and a fire bush on each side of the porch he keeps trimmed square to fit the lines of the house. Under the front windows of Floyd's home, he has planted coleus, petunias in an array of colors and several red tuberous begonias. At the corner of the house in the shade of a magnolia tree, are pink and lilac impatiens. A piece of statuary, a young boy gardener, was a gift from his granddaughter Ruthie Hinman. This statuary, and a ladybug stepping-stone, accent the front flowers bed. The deep burgundy and green coleus must enjoy the humidly. It is lush and really growing well.
The opposite side of the porch has yellow privet bushes next to the trimmed fire bush. Around the corner are impatiens of red, pink, fuchsia and rose colors. A young planting of barberry shrubs make an attractive border along the property line. There is a planting of bright red salvia in a bed towards the back yard with a birdbath nearby.
Along the south side of the house are peonies, a mum that Floyd remembered to pinch for the last time on July 5, and blue salvia. At the corner of the driveway is a beautiful, full pink spirea bush, a gift from his daughter Donna Reed.
The opposite side of the driveway is where Floyd has planted a pin oak and a Bradford Pear Tree. A lilac hedge in its prime goes across the back of the property. Floyd said it was beautiful this past spring. A lavender Rose of Sharon was in bloom in the back area and we could see where Floyd had been working pulling weeds and brush from the border. It seems as if one is never through with gardening chores.
We chose Floyd's yard because he has lived in Baldwin City for 48 years, moving here in 1953. Throughout the years, he has made it a prettier place for all of us to live by maintaining his yard and flowers for everyone to enjoy. Although he says he doesn't plant as much as he used to, he has learned through years of experience what grows well in Kansas and where to plant each flower so that it can do well throughout the season. He says he doesn't have as much time as he used to garden. He enjoys a round of golf, coffee with the men once a week or so, his church activities and his family. Recently he especially enjoyed giving cooking advice to his own daughter. Donna called to ask her dad some questions on how he cooks chicken on his George Forman grill. So one could maybe get some gardening or cooking advice from Floyd. Perhaps one might even ask him about a swim in a certain pond too. Or just ask Bert Hitchcock who saw him go after his golf ball, he'd be glad to tell you.
What a desolate place the world with be without flowers! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Clara L. Balfour