Gene and Jeanne Lobo were pleased to learn that their home was selected as this month's winner based on curb appeal, creativity, design and maintenance. Since purchasing their home 28 years ago, they have worked on enhancing their front yard through the addition of top soil, mounds and a variety of plantings.
It turns out that the winners are real do-it-yourselfers. Gene helps with the yard when he's not busy filling our prescriptions at the local Longs Drug Store. Jeanne, a retired schoolteacher, now has more time to come up with new landscape ideas for the yard. She got her gardening experience at an early age, when she helped her father with various landscape projects.
As you drive by, you'll notice a profusion of flowers including cyclamen, daisies, tulips, chrysanthemums and marigolds. White iberis (candytuft) appears here and there to accentuate the more colorful flowers. Near the front door, baby tears act as a lush ground cover beneath the budding rhododendrons. You'll also spot some succulents, bamboo, and Texas privet throughout the yard.
These plants have done well for the Lobos, who say their biggest problem has been the clay soil. Not to be missed is an inviting park bench on the front porch and a cascading waterfall nearby that augments the warmth and serenity that the Lobos have achieved.
The Discovery Bay Garden Club salutes the Lobos for contributing to community beautification. For their efforts, they were awarded a $25 gift certificate from Village Nurseries on Sunset Road and a certificate of achievement from the garden club. Be sure to drive by and see this month's winning landscape.
The Home of the Month Award in 2007-08 will be given each month from September through June to a homeowner within one of 10 geographic areas in Discovery Bay. Those interested in learning more about the Discovery Bay Garden Club should contact Linda Mayer, vice president of membership, at 240-7012.
— Contributed by Nancy Enoksen