Thursday, November 06, 2008

Lush tropical landscaping...and a little lime in your coconut...

Happened across a great post over at Lime in your Coconut today which was very timely for me.

Whilst out on morning errands, which consisted of stopping by our 4th little investment property, and doing a drive-by photo session on a home for a BPO (broker price opinion), we drove past a home that made me a little green with envy. Okay, a lot a palm frond.

Image found at HGtv

It was a small, older home. I mean older in terms of Spring Hill. We're talking 70's. That's like ancient around here, lol. Nothing that would normally knock your socks off except that leading from the driveway to the front door it was a tropical oasis. The likes of which I have coveted ever since first spotting such beauty when visiting my aunt in Fort Lauderdale. I wanted to pull into their drive way. Fix myself a bellini. And casually stroll up that walk way feeling like an exotic goddess with a hibiscus flower carelessly perched behind one ear.

image found at HawaiianDays

Now, you're probably thinking "why not just do that at your house, Nat?" (I like that you call me Nat because we're cool like that.) Well, I want to. Believe me, I want to. Issue I have is that I bought a home in a deed restricted neighborhood. Plus side is that it is soooo pretty in here, and everyone has to keep their landscaping and homes in good condition, no rusted out cars on lawns, etc., etc. Negative side is that I can't create a tahitian jungle in my front yard. I'm ever so slowly creating one in the back (shhhhh! I only told you that because we're cool, don't snitch on me, k?) but I have to behave with the front. The pic in my header is my home and you can see that I've added a palm tree and a bird of paradise and am working my way to "controlled tropical" I'm calling it.

Please head over to Lime in your Coconut to read her post, and check out her beautiful tropical landscaping and home while you're there. If you want the full effect grab a little peach nectar and proseco on your way. Or maybe just a sweet tea.


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh man...when I saw that first picture my jaw dropped! I thought that was the house you were referring to! I need to do my front walkway and some "curb appeal" and that step walkway is soo cool that I am stealing the pic!

How SWEET of you to refer to my blog!! Thanks so much...Nat!!

Where's MY proseco and peach nectar? Hmmm??

jewelstreet said...

Controlled sometimes sucks but at least you know it won't end up looking like Sanford and Son around your house.

I need some curb appeal too, but it's too cold here to do that. Wish I could though. It's gorgeous.

Pennies In My Pocket said...

We so need a redo on our curb appeal. This is very inspirational. Oh and I LOVE lime and coconut in everything! ;-)


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Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Lime in the Coconut is one of my favorite blogs. I just ooh and ahh over her pictures of lush tropical landscaping. I'm never going to be able to have any of that here in Ohio, for sure!

Anonymous said...

Oh that makes me jealous that you even get to SEE that kind of landscaping. It's pretty much just trees and bushes in Oklahoma! I say break the rules! hehe

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Well thanks for that. Now I'm going to spend the rest of the day fighting of my own envy issues. That picture of the front steps is gorgeous!

Holiday Maker said...

NIce to have a house with beautiful landscaping,flowers,plants and trees for retirement.

Nicole said...

it is really time that we are having our own place to make a little bit more possible, the entranceway on the picture is so beautiful, but no matter where we are there is always something lately, mostly too much heat or deer that eats everything up.

Tamara Jansen said...

Love that Lime in your Coconut site! Found it yesterday....we re-did our front yard and it caught the attention of Hallmark movie of the week. They asked if they could film at our place next week. I'm so excited :)

Cecile said...

Nice to live in a home you really can call a home. Going home late after work and seeing your home like that will definitely relax you and take away your tension from work. The view and the ambience is really expectacular.

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