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Re: trees and other design elements

Melody, that sounds like a great color scheme.  I'm a *cool* person myself
and would most likely lean toward blue for a house.  However, when I bought
mine it was a chartreuse yellow with white trim and brick red accents and
mottled orange/black/brown brick accent to one side. Unbelievable.  I felt
though, that blue would never work with the brick which could not be
changed. Sometimes it is evident what the color HAS to be.  I painted it tan
with a chocolate brown trim and the accents are a spice color - sort of
orange.  These warm colors are far different from the mostly white houses in
the neighborhood, but they seem perfect for this house.  And the warm colors
of the house don't seem to hurt the effect of the many cool colored flowers
I grow.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 5:27 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] trees and other design elements

> Kitty: You should have heard the comments (as I did!) from the town when
> I painted my house two years ago...in bright robin's egg blue! I painted
> it specifically this beautiful shade of blue as a backdrop for my
> garden...it's electric color is so perfect for the pinks and purples and
> whites and yellows that make up my garden! But I must say, my fellow
> townsfolk personally took back (to my face) every semi-snide remark they
> had made when they saw the amazing effect of my garden blooming against
> the backdrop of that house...they all loved it! My husband had wanted to
> paint the house one of those boring shades of taupe, or worse
> grey...course you know that idea didn't go far! Even he admits though
> how great the color is for the garden. :-)
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Sat 01/31, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
> From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 12:35:46 -0500
> Subject: [CHAT] trees and other design elements
> I think many people are influenced by the media as to what their home
> should<br>look like. Check the magazines. You're *supposed* to have a
> patio and<br>landscaping. So they have it done even if using it doesn't
> appeal to them.<br>I believe landscapers often realize that their
> clients just want the pretty<br>picture with low maintenance and that
> the broad expanse of sunlit lawn still<br>rates highly with their
> customers. So they give them what they want. And,<br>as has been
> mentioned, many people are afraid of doing things out of the<br>ordinary
> for fear of repercussions to property value. Your area is<br>relatively
> new and upscale and it would seem to me that most buyers would<br>not
> want to take big chances.<br><br>Which makes me think of a recent
> community issue here. As our city expands,<br>new developments go up in
> every direction. Occasionally this will include<br>new apartment
> complexes or retirement communities. One national chain built<br>a
> lovely complex of retirement apartments with the building' sided in
> their<br>trademark soft yellow w/white trim. The nieghbors were up in
> arms!<br>meetings called! petitions to the city to force them to change
> the color to<br>blend with the neighborhood! How could they side the
> comlex in that gaudy<br>brash color when everything else - absolutely
> everything else - is boring<br>taupe?<br><br>Kitty<br><br><br>-----
> Original Message ----- <br>From: "Donna "
> <justme@prairieinet.net><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Saturday,
> January 31, 2004 11:36 AM<br>Subject: RE: [CHAT] update on garden/bottle
> brush<br><br><br>> Well Bonnie- doubt that will ever happen- the only
> neighbors I see are<br>> the kids... all adults do not come out of their
> homes... maybe a peak<br>> out the window, but sadly, not one enjoys the
> fresh air. At first I<br>> thought it was due to working inside getting
> unpacked- but 5 years down<br>> the line- they are still not outside:(
> One had a nice brick patio with<br>> an open covering, bought nice patio
> furniture, had a landscaper come
> in<br>> and did plant some trees and shrubs.... have never once seen
> them out<br>> there.... they even have a lawn service cut the grass and
> take care of<br>> the plantings......<br>><br>> Donna<br>> > Behalf Of
> Bonnie & Bill Morgan<br>> > Donna, I think you will inspire others in
> your area to plant trees.<br>> Just<br>> > give neighbors a little time
> in the hot sun before inviting them into<br>> your<br>> > shade under a
> lovely tree and they will see the
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