Let’s face it; nobody really wants a rental house next door to their home. Rentals have a bad rap and I’m willing to say that’s usually for good reason. Most landlords only offer a minimum of upkeep; most renters don’t give a care about the house and yard thinking “why invest time and money in something that’s not mine?”
Of course I say most because there are always exceptions. I used to be a renter, and I’m pretty sure I added to the property value rather than took away from it (planting tulip bulbs and regularly mowing for instance). And of course there are good landlords, like this one.
I can’t remember what the property looked like prior, but it wasn’t anything remarkable.
Then one day a transformation began to take place.
Can you see the little figs on the tree? Probably not.
While this isn’t particularly my landscape ideal it is still a vast improvement over a nondescript lawn and they’ve made some pretty interesting plant choices. Naturally I assumed it was the homeowner making the changes and I complimented them one day as they were hauling groceries into the house (I figured if you were hauling groceries you must live there). Their response “isn’t it great, no we just moved in and the landlord had just redone everything!”…so kudos to you Mr. or Mrs. Landlord for not taking the cheap way out and instead beautifying the neighborhood.
Speaking of "the neighborhood" I’ve posted pictures of this overplanted (that’s a compliment) next garden a couple of times…click here for last July, and here for May. I thought you might enjoy seeing it in the winter. Photos taken last Saturday the 21st.