south graylyn crest: My Garden is Sending Out Heat Waves of Color - 05/21/19 04:36 PM

Looking out of my kitchen window this morning, I was pleased to see my new Vivienne Clematis has bloomed. I love the large purple flowers, especially since my other Clematis turned out to have tiny purple blooms.
My hot red/orange poppies needed some brassy neighbors, and I think Vivienne is going to give them a run for their money.  Not that the bluestars don't think they are the most glorious flowers in the garden! They keep spreading their wings  and crowding out other plants every year, probably looking for global domination.

south graylyn crest: My Flowering Quince is growing up! - 04/18/19 01:39 PM
It's been about 4 years since I planted my Flowering Quince ("Double Take Orange Storm") and a Spirea bush in the back of my yard. Every year I inspect it after the Spirea (photo) next to it blooms. I had loved the combination of 2 plants in Winterthur's Sundial Garden, and hoped to get a similar effect.
The Spirea was quick to bloom after the first year, but the Quince only had tiny blooms before. But, voila! This year the Quince has flowers large enough to see from the top of the hill. This variety does not have any noticeable fruits … (4 comments)

south graylyn crest: Like the Transcontinental RR, But In a Snowy Driveway - 01/24/16 12:49 AM
Four foot drifts? No problem!  I did get out a bit during the blizzard yesterday and cleared about a yard horizontally and maybe 18” deep, but the wind was blowing and it was still snowing. Seeing my neighbors across the street and next door out this morning shoveling their sidewalks and driveways brought me out again. As a native Chicagoan, I relish the thought of shoveling snow, at least for a while. But as parts of my driveway were over 4’ deep in drifts and the “shovel by layers” technique was necessary (at least for me, since the whole lifting 4’ … (2 comments)

south graylyn crest: Good News: Crime Down in New Castle County - 01/12/16 04:47 AM
The good news for South Graylyn Crest is that overall crime in New Castle County is down 22.2 percent.  Homicides in New Castle County over the three year period fell 13.2 percent and shootings/shots fired complaints dropped 29.4 and 28.1 percent, respectively.  The Property Crime Initiative also helped drive down burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts by 32.9 percent, 23.9 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively.  The following charts also show how every significant targeted crime has decreased notably since Targeted Analytical Policing began.  “As we continue using TAPS and re-enforcing its success, we constantly see the need to directly attack the heroin … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: Walk to Restaurants, Shops From S. Graylyn Crest Home - 10/12/15 08:21 AM
The popular South Graylyn Crest area welcomes you to a new listing at 1216 Faun Rd.  This four bedroom split level lets you relax on a screened porch backing to trees on a quarter acre lot. Plan on cozy evenings in front of a stone front wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Oak floors, chair rail and crown molding enhance the dining room. Central air and gas forced air heater installed in 2002. The large upper level 4th bedroom can serve as a quiet getaway or studio. Add your own touches by updating the kitchen and baths (2 full and one … (4 comments)

south graylyn crest: Dry leaves are flying, the snow is coming AGAIN! - 01/20/14 06:22 AM
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;  
I thought of these lines from Clement Moore’s poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas as I took a walk this afternoon and the wind was whipping up the dried leaves along the edge of the South Graylyn Crest park (always known to my boys as “the park with the rocks.”) It was a place they liked to go to and climb all over the large rocks which were left by the prehistoric volcanoes which once occupied Delaware. 


south graylyn crest: South Graylyn Crest Successfully Holds Its First Fall Festival - 10/19/13 10:16 AM
If anyone wondered where your Civic Association dues go, we had a great example of our community spirit this Saturday. Thanks to our enthusiastic Activities Chair, Chastity Rouse, we had games, face painting, a moon bounce, and a very nice selection of goodies from a food truck. There were doubters saying we have never done this before, but although it has been many years, there have been street parties and Halloween parades in the past, but nothing that I can remember with catered food.  So we can thank the weather gods for the nice day for our event, and … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: It's a good thing: Get a sexy kitchen NOW! - 07/20/13 07:28 AM
 A recent question from a South Graylyn Crest resident brought the latest figures on activity in the neighborhood for the last six months. The good news is that sale prices are up over 10% over 2012.

And if you are wondering how to be the homeowner who gets the highest price but don't feel you are ready to sell, I have two words of advice, "Enjoy yourself!" So often I find sellers don't add updates like "sexy" kitchens and baths until they are thinking of moving. PEOPLE: do it now and enjoy it! You deserve to enjoy a new kitchen … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: Activity for Homes in South Graylyn Crest - 02/19/13 05:03 AM
Homes which have sold in the popular Brandywine Hundred neighborhood of South Graylyn Crest in the last six months have averaged $261,333, with 9 homes selling for prices ranging from $325,000 down to $185,000. This wide range in a community where homes are either 3 or 4 bedrooms shows that some homes have not been updated from the 1950's, while others have been given all the modern bells and whistles in the way of desirable updates.
Looking at a period from January 2012 to July of that year, we find that 6 homes sold in the South … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: South Graylyn Crest Holiday Decorations Dazzle - 12/21/12 02:57 AM
South Graylyn Crest Holiday Decorations judging was last night and here are some of the winners.  The announcement of the top 3 winners is coming soon, so watch our website.
UPDATE; First Place winner: 1005 Crestover (in center of collage)
             Second Place winner: 1023 Graylyn Rd. 
             Third Place winner: 1208 Faun (center bottom)
Note: winners have to be DUES PAID members of SGCCA, which is why some of the attractive houses missed out on the cash prizes. 
Search for homes for sale in South Graylyn Crest here.

south graylyn crest: Sandy Was Kind To North Wilmington - 10/30/12 04:34 AM
There was lots of good news to balance the bad as far as Hurricane Sandy is concerned for my North Wilmington neighborhood of South Graylyn Crest. The power stayed on until about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, went off, and came back on about 10:30 a.m.
That doesn't mean that it wasn't scary hearing the wind last night--I couldn't fall asleep for all the noise it was making, which is why I was awake when the power went out and all my electronic stuff started beeping. So who needs light in the middle of the night anyway?
And all it took was … (2 comments)

south graylyn crest: Here's a Way to Help Children in Need - 02/28/12 12:05 AM
This spring the South Graylyn Crest Civic Association community event will be all about children who are in need. Many children go to bed at night without a good pair of pajamas or a bedtime story. Some of these children are in shelters and others are in foster homes waiting to be adopted. SGCCA will partner with Sprout to help them deliver a good night to children in need. The Great Sprout Tuck-In is presented in conjunction with the Pajama Program. Our goal is 150 new pairs of pajamas and new bedtime stories. Our drive kicks off in March with the … (3 comments)

south graylyn crest: The First Snowfall in Delaware for 2012 - 01/21/12 06:19 AM
Although we had some light snow in October 2011, last night brought a couple of inches of wet snow in Wilmington. It was pretty icy around 9 a.m., but by noon it had turned to a manageable icy layer with enough water under it to scoop to the side of the driveway. And my lovely South Graylyn Crest neighbor had used his snow blower earlier to do the front sidewalks of about half a dozen houses from his house to mine, so all I had to shovel was the driveway and path to my door.
Then I looked out my back window … (6 comments)

south graylyn crest: South Graylyn Crest Sewers Get Lined - 01/09/12 06:22 AM
If you read my earlier blog,  you know that preliminary measurement and clean out was being done on the sewer laterals in Brandywine Hundred and in particular,  South Graylyn Crest to prepare them for lining, per an EPA mandate. Rainwater and sewage were mixing and causing sewage to flow untreated into rivers. Not Good.  So New Castle County set about lining main lines and laterals into houses to prevent this leakage and overflow.
Today was the day that workers Dave (the CCTV cameraman) and Octavio came to finish the job on my lateral (they still have a lot more houses … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: South Graylyn Crest Counts on Raul and Rob To Do A Permanent Sewer Fix! - 12/05/11 04:02 AM
South Graylyn Crest is getting closer to having its sewers rehabbed with liners or injection grouted joints. Tree roots were eating into and clogging the County sewers--I have personal experience with this problem because even though I have a PVC line to the street, my maple tree roots were getting into the line where it meets the clay County lines. The good news today was that Raul Lopez and Rob Scheeler are spending weeks at a time away from home in Milwaukee doing a final clean-out--getting all the roots cleared for one last time and using cameras and a computer … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: Halloween Parade in South Graylyn Crest/Chatham Park A Great Success - 10/31/11 04:49 AM
Yesterday's Annual Halloween Parade in Chatham Park was co-sponsored by the Civic Associations of the adjoining communities of  Chatham and South Graylyn Crest. (Although these communities have a postmark of Wilmington, Delaware, they are located in New Castle County.)  I counted about 50 contestants, and ended up being one of the 3 judges, which gave me  a good look at all the great costumes.
As you can see from the 2 pictures above, the event was well organized by Melissa Panek of Chatham (with megaphone).
The youngest contestant was a 6 WEEK old snowman, joined by a cute … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: Buyers Expect More Bang for the Buck in South Graylyn Crest - 09/12/11 05:01 AM
The Chatham Park between South Graylyn Crest and Chatham is looking good, although a little wet after all the rains lately. And I just thought you might like to see the map of the neighborhood.
It's time for a Market Report on activity in South Graylyn Crest, and it's interesting to compare 2011 so far with what happened in 2010. In 2010, there were 15 homes sold, with an average price of $280,500. 2011 activity has  reflected local market trends by seeing a lot more requests for settlement assistance or concessions. So far, there have been 6 sales … (0 comments)

south graylyn crest: Sweet Autumn Clematis Blooms in South Graylyn Crest - 09/07/11 11:36 AM
It is said that a gardener learns more from failures than successes, and this is so true.
I have had a spring blooming Clematis for many years, but was always unhappy with how it looked in summer and fall. Last year, I found a Sweet  Autumn Clematis which promised to brighten my garden and my life in the fall. And lo and behold, when I went outside today, these tiny, starry, blooms greeted me. There are many buds, so I expect to see my arbor covered with them in the next week, hiding the spring Clematis with their bright blooms.
I had been … (2 comments)

south graylyn crest: Graylyn Crest Sewer Problems Bring Bad News and a Lead to Realtor® - 08/25/11 05:09 AM
Just sit tight, folks, and New Castle County will repair your South Graylyn Crest sewers. Contractors are now on Crestover Road in South Graylyn Crest bringing an end, hopefully, to problems which have existed for at least the last 30 years in Graylyn Crest and much of Brandywine Hundred..
For years, we have been told that if tree roots or other obstructions occured in sewer lines between the house and the main line in the street, it was the homeowners' responsibility to do repairs. That is what prompted this tree lover to choose putting in a new pvc line with clean-outs  to the street … (1 comments)

south graylyn crest: South Graylyn Crest - 06/13/10 09:31 AM
South Graylyn Crest is a  community of 328 homes is located in popular Brandywine Hundred, close to Concord Mall on Rt. 202 out side of the City of Wilmington, Delaware. It is East of Rt. 202 and North of I-95, which is just 5 minutes away, and 25 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport.
Back when Graylyn Crest was built between 1955-1957, New Castle County required each community to have parkland.Since one of the parks was between Graylyn and Chatham, they called the park Chatham Park, but  its entrance is from Faun Rd. in Graylyn. The park is located on … (0 comments)

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