Virginia Countryside CottageFarmhouse Exterior, Richmond
photo by Becky Harris
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A family of Jack Russell terriers — grandpa Jock, daughter Rosie and her offspring Charlie and Georgia — explore the backyard of a Richmond, Virginia, 1940s cottage (which has since been expanded). Bordering the lawn are beds planted with coneflowers, daylilies, hydrangeas, Amsonia, verbena, bronze fennel, salvia and other perennials and shrubs. Read the full story
The owners of this 1940s cottage in Virginia wine country kept the modest scale of their cottage intact and added a small bathroom. They moved the entry door, installed energy-efficient windows, added siding and trim, and salvaged the existing metal roof.
4. Be reasonable about pets. This can be a big point of contention among neighbors, so try to tread lightly whether you are the pet owner or the one being bothered by a neighbor's pets. If something happens once or twice — loud barking, poop on your lawn etc. — take a deep breath (well, maybe step away from the poop first ...) and let it go. If there is an ongoing problem, discuss it directly with your neighbor. Even if you are upset, try to think of something kind to say about your neighbor's pet before launching into the complaint section of your talk.For pet owners, if a neighbor approaches you with a complaint about your animals, do your best to listen and acknowledge their feelings. Assure them you will do what you can to remedy the situation — scoop the poop, keep your dog on a leash, repair the fence and pay for training if needed.
Cottage Gardens in Virginia Wine CountryTwo landscape architects created beautiful gardens in the Virginia countryside, a stone's throw from the homes of former presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. The main part of the yard is a rectangle of grass surrounded by perennial borders.
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A happy pack of Jack Russell Terriers makes the most of the tapis vert. But before we get into all of that, let's take a look at what the owners were working with... Well, wait, before that, I should add that "tapis vert" is a fancy way of saying a taut and precise expanse of lawn that packs a big design punch. O.K., on to what the owners had the day of the real estate closing ...