Wilmington NC

Kitties make walkways more friendly

Wilmington NC

This street has it all. It has a brick sidewalk, attractive plantings, beautiful homes, and mature trees. You know this took several generations of people planning and caring about how it will/would be for them and those who pass on the street. I wish this sort of thing was mandatory. I don’t mean to make a person go beyond their money and means—but everyone can keep a welcome yard. I think a pathway is one of the most important features. Don’t you?

Wilmington NCStraight or winding? The above brick paved walkway is winding—- which I think leads your eye from one side of the garden to the other. The owners made the walkway stand out by planting liriope down the sides. It makes a subtle contrast.

Wilmington NCThat walkway above is slightly off center. That’s clever cause the door is off center to the left. Nice balance.

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With a curved path, you look to the end first and then work your way back.

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This home is so confident that it can split the sidewalk and dare you to look beyond.

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Mossy green paths with a bit of the basketweave showing is perfectly attractive.

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Maybe we’d all be in shape if this was our choice of pathways.

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Before modern plumbing, the well was a treasured functional part of the landscaping. It was important to show it off properly. Some folks didn’t have a well and would have to go to the town’s approved public well.

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I love the curves, the interrupted mixed brick, and the size. Some would call this a patio but what gives it away as a wide path would be that it draws you around the center planting and invites you continue walking beyond the inner circle. See the walkways that come off the main square? I would imagine that those 4 little bushes were probably vegetables or herbs back in the 1800′s when this home was built.

There are lots of ways to build a path or walkway and you’ll have to decide what suits your personality, lifestyle, home architecture, and needs.

Now this straight path needs no other explanation.

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12 comments on “Kitties make walkways more friendly

  1. nice post…my favorites are the brick paths…would give you pleasure each time you walked it. J
    Yes, I’m building one and can’t wait. I have to figure out my pattern. Will it be herringbone or basket-weave?.

  2. What beautiful pictures. I got a lot of great ideas for my 1880′s house. Talk about being led down the garden path!
    Deborah
    Awww–I’m really glad. I can get you in all kinds of trouble.

  3. What great pictures … and I do love the last one with the white kitty. We have a solid white cat … she’s beautiful!
    I love cats too but can’t have one so I adopt all the neighbor kitties. There is a little black cat that just got use to me. It use to skitter off every time I was in the garden. Now it purrs around me feet.

  4. The Hilton was being renovated when we were there 2 yrs. ago; much needed I might add. If you go again, take the trolley tour, the tour guide does a good job of telling the history of a lot of these old houses. The best time to go down is late March-April when all the gardens are in full bloom. Beautiful! Azalea Festival time. There are lots of hotels out by UNC-Wilmington but I like staying downtown as it is convenient for me to use the library and court house for genealogy research. Across from the Hilton is the Cotton Exchange, some neat shops in there. They always are shooting movies. Front St. is loaded with people hoping to be chosen as a fill in actor/actress. Custom House on water street was used for Matlock tv series, even though it had a sign saying Atlanta Courthouse. Hope your trip to Litchfield Beach was fun and you had some good seafood.

  5. I love your beautiful ideas here. I’ve been meaning to do a post on pathways – I’ll have to link to this to give people inspiration!
    Thank you and I’ll fix sweet tea and pound cake for the occasion. Your readers are most welcome at my site and house.

  6. I love the look paths add to a entry or garden. So many options and they really can change the whole feel of a garden. Ours has a curve at the end of it that I think draws people to see what is around the corner. I’m still working on planting along it though. I do like the look of liriope.
    Your path is pretty and if I was your neighbor, I’d be over. That liriope would go wild in your garden–just a warning.

  7. Anna, a lot of thes home are in Wilmington, right? I recognize several of them. The one with the mass columns used to be the Masonic Temple and later the home of Miller Motte Business Colleg..down on Front St. if I remember right. Some others look like they are on Third St. which is the main street through Wilmington. You can go all the way to Carolina Beach via 3rd. street. I guess that hasn’t changed(?). Some look like they may have been on either Orange, Dock or Ann Streets. Thanks for the memories! Wilmington really is a beautiful town and easy to find your way around too. A lot of history there, so if you visit be sure to take some of the guided tours, like by carriage or trolley and you’ll sure get your money’s worth from the knowledgable tour guide.
    You know a lot more about the area than I. I’ll have to take your word for it. I love to go and just walk up and down the streets—-have no idea where I am going as my camera leads the way. I toured a few of the homes and did individual post about them but if you stopped and got the information on each one–I’d not get very far. Thanks for filling me in.

    I want to go back and do the kitchen tour. I also want to do a garden tour. Wilmington is 4 hours from my house but worth the trip. We usually go at this time every year as Mr D has a business meeting down there. This year we didn’t go and I was so disappointed. We stay at the Hilton down on the river. Lovely view!

  8. Great pictures and lots of good ideas, and topped off by a cat – perfect.
    I have a black cat–the neighbor’s–who lays on my front porch and sidewalk like that. He’s cute.

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