4325 Gladwyn- A customized brick house on Gladywn was taken on Monday, Nov. 19th This was another home that was vacated within the year. This house stands out to me not only because of the unusual brickwork, but the intensive gardening the residents had done. All kinds of beautiful and edible plant life existed in their boundaries. I believe it was an older couple who lived there- I would often see the lady outside working in her yard. She must have tended to her flowers until the day they moved. A story about gardening: My mom remained in our house on Brumley for almost a year after acquiring her new home. The house she wanted needed major work (like taking out a 1960s inground pool for starters) and she didn’t want to be in the house while work was being done. My mom also loves doing yard and landscape work on her own. So, for the last two Spring seasons she was in Carrollton, she and I would dig up flowers and small bushes in the empty lots to use at her new place. I also found myself engaged in the yard raiding practice for my own home. One day, we were digging up some Lily-of-the-Valley off Gladwyn just a few home lots away from the brick house. The lady was in her yard watching us, but my mom just kept pulling up the leafy plants. I tried to ignore the woman at the brick house, but once I looked up, sure enough this woman was staring right at us. I was mortified… here we are, stealing from the land of her former neighbor’s and all this poor old woman could do was to watch. I waved to her in a way hopefully to say, “I’m sorry, I just now realized how terrible this must look.” She just smiled at me, waved happily back and carried on with her own gardening. Maybe she wasn’t angry at us taking the plants after all and just wanted to offer a friendly hello to some fellow frugal gardeners.
At first I did have mixed feelings about digging up the plants in the area. Even though no human structure remains in the empty home plots, the owner’s personalities still remain behind in the form of their landscaping choices. Every spring up comes patches of daffodils, tulips, alliums, columbine, and every other imaginable flower planted by someone who once lived there.
However, maintaining and mowing large tracts of land is costly and time consuming. The airport employs companies who uses lawnmowers the size of tractors to thoroughly comb the place down, leaving only the larger trees intact. So every rosebush that doesn’t get dug up will eventually be ripped away. Tulips barely get a chance to bloom before they too are cut to the ground. So even though the flowers are there, they get maybe a couple weeks worth of grow time before its mow time. So I guess in that respect, I’ve come to justify the rose bushes and irises I’ve dug up and put in my yard. They have a better chance here than if they remained. Hopefully, the lady in the brick house would agree.