Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Yard honors go to Griggs family

July 11, 2001

It's been hot, hot, hot. Danny and I are searching for a cool, green lawn. The yard at 1111 Chapel Street just fits our mood. It looks cool and inviting on a hot, summer's day.

The front yard has several young trees. They include a clump red bud, a willow, Bradford Pear and a maple tree. One side of the drive way is lined with a variety of trees usually found growing naturally in a timber. This creates an attractive property dividing line. A front porch with a railing fence has a variety of hosta lilies planted in a curved, mulched area. Some of the hosta plants have leaves that are variegated and others are green. They are blooming with delicate lavender blooms. A hummingbird flies daily between the hosta blooms and the honeysuckle blossoms growing on the side trellis. Two clumps of day lilies are in bloom. One is a delicate lemon yellow and the other a two-toned variety in a lovely deep shade of mauve and pink.

Beside the front door are a red barberry and two yellow barberry bushes. Several native limestone rocks placed between the bushes make an attractive accent. On the porch wall, beside the front door, is a cheery sunburst face. Forsythia bushes line the west side of the house.

The back yard is a green space for the children to play. There are some iris, snapdragons and a few other flowers, but mainly grass and trees. There are two maples, a red bud with a bird feeder and hanging basket of pink geraniums, two Bradford pears and an oak tree. The children's colorful plastic swimming pool even looked inviting on this hot day.

Chris and Darrell Griggs moved here three years ago from Dodge City. Their daughter Paige is five years old, son Tyler is three years old and the newest addition is their little girl Lauren, who is now 7 months old. A brown ceramic bunny in the grass by a tree in the front yard is able to move from tree to tree with the help of Paige and Tyler. We saw their very lively cat, Wyatt, playing on the front porch with a neighbor's cat. One can see Chris and Darrell walking to the park or the library nearly every day with the stroller or the two older children trying out their bicycles and tricycles. They also enjoy spending time at the swimming pool or playing together in the backyard. This family has fun together. Darrell works for Farmland Industries and Chris, at the present time is an energetic stay-at-home mom.

Baldwin City is fortunate to have this friendly family as part of the community. Their yard has a simple grace, attractive, well maintained and inviting. Chris says she isn't a flower person; she thought we were kidding her when we chose their yard. We told her that a lot of flowers are not always what we are looking for in an attractive yard. We want yards that help make Baldwin City look like an inviting, pretty place to live and their yard does this in a positive way.

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  • The Gardening quote this week was chosen because it describes why being an attentive parent of young children takes time and energy. It is so very worthwhile to be a part of a child's life and view the world through their young eyes.

"A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood," Rachel Carson (from a Sense of Wonder)

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