That’s why she opened her yards for the Starry Night Garden Tour, the evening portion of the Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 6.
Dubravac welcomed many visitors, who enjoyed the well-lit front and back yards. The tall lighted ornament you see in the front yard above left is a sunflower. You can see lights along the left side of the driveway, and Dubravac also placed lights on top of the posts along the fence that runs along the right side of the driveway.
During the daytime, the real sunflowers in the backyard, shown at right, dominate the scene. Dubravac said that many of the sunflowers in her yard were planted by squirrels who frequent her bird feeder.
Even her above-ground pool, left, is trimmed with lights. Strings of lights accented by fish decorate the outside walls, while other lights circle the bottom edge of the pool. Pictures of tropical birds add to the Caribbean theme.
She has solar lights, which go on by themselves when it’s dark enough and change different colors. She also used torches.
Rather than have a hot fire lit while visitors were walking around the yard, her sister suggested setting candles in the fire pit, which is pictured above right. Brightly colored mugs held the tapers.
Her love of color is exhibited in her seating area. The chairs are cushioned with pillows, each in a different neon color. Dubravac painted the patio tiles in corresponding bright colors. Even though she uses special paint, she has to repaint the tiles each year.
The flowers you see around the patio are cleomes or spider flowers. You can see a close-up below right. Dubravac planted one in each corner, and now the patio is lined with them. She has them in several different spots in her yard because they spread so easily from seed.
If you plant them, “You’ll have them every year,” she said. “You’ll have ten times as many next year.”
One visitor noted that when wet, the flowers smell like cat urine. Dubravac said she noticed that, but it didn’t dampen her enthusiasm for the pretty blooms, nor did it deter visitors who gratefully accepted seeds and plants from Dubravac.