Summer parkstrip on Oakdale

Summer parkstrip on Oakdale, © 2013 Celia Her City

The 500 block of West Oakdale is one of my favorites, partly because of these wonderful old brick row houses that, because of their white paint, seem like they belong in Washington, DC.  I think these are some of the oldest attached houses in my vicinity, dating back to the early 1890s.

I have written about them before because of this beautiful sour cherry tree.

Each of the houses has its own personality, and each has a postage-stamp garden, and various treatments of the parkstrip.  I look forward to this time of year, because of the wonderful bush roses that the owners have gotten to flourish–their late-summer blooms a surprise on this shady street.

This year, I couldn’t help noticing the red-flowering plant growing up the tree.  Believe it or not, it’s a red clematis.  I’ve never seen such a thing.

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