Bicycles and geraniums
Davis is known for all kinds of things—some a bit weird, others more factual. Yet nothing seems to define Davis more than its obsession with the bicycle. Rumor has it that in Davis there are more bicycles per capita than in any other city in the U.S. Wherever you go, you’re bound to see people riding to and fro the university, school or work—or simply for fun and exercise. Davis has such a reputation in the cycling community that in 2010, the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame relocated to a site adjacent to Central Park in downtown Davis.
You’re probably wondering what all of that has to do with gardening. Well, all summer I’ve been driving by a house with five brightly painted bikes mounted to the fence and decorated with baskets of geraniums. Today I finally took some pictures:
The geraniums may be past their prime but I still smile every time I see these bicycle planters.
This street also has some of the nicest fall color I’ve seen this year:
I need to get in the habit of taking my camera with me when I run errands to capture things that catch my eye. There are lots of interesting vignettes all over town. I’m sure it’s no different where you live!