Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Houses Of Lancaster Avenue

It really isn't possible to get to know any town driving by on the interstate or stopping in at the uniform strip malls dedicated to consumption. Driving through a town helps. Walking is more better. You can see things up close and personal.

The last day of the garden bloggers Buffa10 took us to Lancaster Avenue and several of the gardens that will be open for the upcoming GardenWalk Buffalo.



I live in the wilderness. For me seeing city houses and architecturally and historically significant city houses is fascinating.

I don't think this color would work in the wilderness. Actually it cast a warm nuclear pink glow on the house next door. Yikes!



There were of course many other more tasteful and well restored houses to see,



On an inviting tree lined block were folks sat on their front porches and watched a strange group of camera toting people gawking at the every day scenery.



Nice bike.



Nice turret.



And the final stop, the home of one half of the organizing team for the garden bloggers confab, Jim of Art of Gardening. It was a most pleasant ending to a great weekend of seeing the power of gardening on the lives of people who embrace it.



We saw some rather remarkable private gardens while strolling down this tree lined street too. I'll get to that soon enough.

12 comments:

Kitty Cunningham said...

:-)

How It Grows said...

Great houses!

Lola said...

Nice homes & nice neighborhood. Gardens are very well kept.

Siria said...

Hi Christopher! What a gorgeous neighborhood of fabulous old homes. It looks like the weather was really nice too. Looking forward to more posts on your visit to Buffalo.

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see authentic turrets and gingerbread instead of those gross modern imitators. But I wouldn't want to maintain one! Hope you had a great time!

bev

Carol said...

I was sad to miss Lancaster Ave. but happy to see some pictures of it. Keep 'em coming!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

That head in a stump is so interesting. These colorful houses are interesting too. I want to see more please. Don't be stingy.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I loved Lancaster Ave! I'm into architecture, especially of the Arts & Crafts and Queen Anne styles. I was gawking at the buildings as much as at the gardens. I wish I had had more time to explore them further.
And what's with all the lions in Buffalo?

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I'm not a nuclear pink kind of girl, but I loved the exuberant color you all are showing in your Buffa10 pics. And that first house, with the bright yellow steps, is awesome.

Gail said...

Just splendid! I do love the color choices and exuberance~ gail

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

I really had the same reaction about how differently they garden than I do because of living out in the country. I was inspired by their ability to pack so much into such tiny spaces. Lovely to see you and Ani again. (I hope I spelled her name right. I saw it often enough on her nametag, but I'm not getting any younger.) Ha! ~~Dee

Pam/Digging said...

What a fun weekend it was, and how great to visit with you and Ani again. I look forward to more of your Buffalo observations.