Yard-of-the-Month - 2024
Williamsburg Settlement
the prestigious Katy community

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Each month the yards in our subdivision are judged. If the resident of the one that is considered to have the best display has not won the award within the last two years, is in good standing with the Association and agrees to accept the accolade, it is designated as the Yard-of-the-Month. A sign is placed in that yard throughout the duration of the month, a photograph and write-up are posted here on this web site and on the My Neighborhood News website - which is the successor to our montly newsletter.

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March Winner - Luther and Gretchen South of 1634 Earl of Dunmore
Due to the freeze at the beginning of this year, the first month that a 2024 Yard-of-the- Month was awarded was March.
YOM Co-chairs: Heather Colkos
                                Sachie Etherington
Photos by: Jerrie St. Amant
While traveling through the neighborhood during these cold and dreary months, one of the few houses that has a beautiful green lawn belongs to Luther and Gretchen South on Earl of Dunmore. 

As longtime residents of Houston for 40+ years, they are relatively new residents of the neighborhood having moved here in 2022. Gretchen retired from Pitney Bowes and Luther retired from BP. The Souths love the mature trees and the flowering shrubs that are growing throughout the Settlement. Luther and Gretchen keep their front yard immaculate throughout the year by having a nicely mowed lawn and beautiful flowers in the planters. Low maintenance ferns and dianthus, taller perennial shrubs along with a dwarf magnolia tree make up the main focal point of their front bed. Most of their heavy landscape work is handled by Portillo Landscape Company, who handles everything from mowing, mulching, weeding, and tree trimming. In addition, to maintain a green lawn during the winter, their lawn gets seeded with winter rye grass. Meanwhile Luther and Gretchen maintain their potted plants by fertilizing and watering. When asked what plant they would recommend to their neighbors to grow, dianthus came up at the top of their list because they can endure the hottest and coldest months of the year while providing continuous color to a front lawn.

Thank you to our March 2024 Yard-of-the Month winners, the Souths for deciding to move to the Setttlement!  
April Winner - John and Katie Martin of 22427 Wetherburn Lane
John and Katie Martin moved into the Settlement in 2014 and are now blessed with two children, Addie who is seven and Leo who is just one year old.

Like many of our residents, they were initially drawn here by the large trees and the diversity of the houses, and they love the opportunities in and around the immediate neighborhood afforded by the Settlement’s location. A highlight of moving into the Settlement was the enjoyment they had in meeting and getting to know their neighbors.

John is a teacher at Morton Ranch High school and Katie works as an Associate Regional Director for Young Life in Houston.

When they moved in it was their first house and first yard. John slowly began to replace ground cover plants and nandina (which he hates!) with flowering plants and perennials. Now their front landscape has several mature trees surrounded by well stocked beds. Their two Chinese tallow trees are front and center surrounded by daylilies, agapanthus, Louisiana iris and other flowering plants. The oak tree is ringed by various lilies and is the most colorful bed when it is in bloom. The yard is rounded out by several potted plumeria and dotted with amaryllis.

They say they love the redbuds and azaleas, but John really likes to pot and grow the plumerias. When these bloom, they are beautiful and exotic having a variety of colors and incredible flowers. John and Katie’s favorite part of the year is when their Redbud and Bradford Pear trees are in bloom along with all the azaleas in their various colors
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Please join us in congratulating John and Katie for nurturing and sharing such a delightful yard, which is well deserving of the April Yard-of-the Month award.