Pink Flamingo Saves the Day

March 29, 2010 | By | Comments (11)

Grumpy is always eager to help his colleagues with their landscaping problems. So when Erin Street, our Healthy Living editor, approached me for advice for her front yard, I was naturally eager to assist.


Erin’s problem was that ever since her family moved into their suburban home, they hadn’t really kept up with the bushes in front of the house. As a result, you  could hardly even see the house from the road. It made me think they were in the FBI’s witness protection program. So my first thought was — let’s rip all this stuff out. We did.

That left her house with nothing but bare ground in front — which looked a whole lot better than it did before, but left neighbors wondering just what she had in mind. To allay their fears, I donated a pair of cheap pink flamingos, one of which you can see here being admired by her son, Nate.

You can follow the progress of our exciting project on Erin’s blog. Plants come next! I’m thinking redtip photinia, golden euonymus, poodle junipers, and a flashing neon “Merry Xmas” sign for the front door.

What do you suggest? Erin is open to all ideas!


  1. Grumpy Gardener (His Grace)

    Excellent points.

    April 5, 2010 at 7:28 am
  2. Rita Baker

    Wow! This is a cruel crowd. How about some assorted bottle trees — you can change the colors with the season and they don’t have to be pruned.

    April 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm
  3. meghan

    how about some leyland cypress on either corner of the house…;)

    April 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm
  4. Grumpy Gardener (His Grace)

    Thanks, Drew, but we just ripped out a 20-foot privet.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm
  5. Drew

    Why don’t you sabotage her with your 10 plants not to plant in your yard. Give her a 20ft tall privet.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm
  6. Grumpy Gardener (His Magnificence)

    Grumpians, I am so proud of you! Erin will be grateful.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm
  7. UrsulaV

    A pre-massacred crepe myrtle would be the perfect way to start!

    March 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm
  8. julianchandler

    Be sure you prune the photinia and the euonymus into perfectly round balls. Then they’ll match the poodle junipers.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:03 am
  9. Drigo

    I’d line the walk with variegated liriope. Fo Sho.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm
  10. angryworkingmom

    There are so many possibilities! I might do Encore’s against the house with teeny little box woods in front. That way you can stick in annuals as the seasons’ change for interest. Also along the side walk (does the planting bed go all the way down or just a bit) You could do the petunias that are massive- low maint- just water occasionally and they get huge! Our 200 lb dog kills them every year, but hey I keep trying.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm
  11. Jean

    I think a mimosa tree planted on either side of the walk would be a great addition!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

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