Monday, August 17, 2009

Yard Stuff

One thing we learned quickly is that buying a house with a big yard = doing a lot of yard work. We've been spending a lot of time outside. I love it. I can't seem to keep up with the weeds, but I guess we're going for a "natural" look. Yeah, that's it. Anyway, here are some pictures of what we've been doing.

Here's the front flower bed before:
I wish I had remembered to take a picture before we started weeding, because this whole area was completely covered in weeds. You couldn't even see the brick pavers. We couldn't tell what was a weed and what was a "real" plant, so we decided to start from (almost) scratch. At this point we had ripped out pretty much everything except for the hostas and a large bush. Eric is in the process of cutting down a tree that was blocking the front windows.

Here are the flowers I've put in:
In the forefront are vincas (annuals) and behind those are blanket flowers (perennials.)

I repurposed the off-white planters that were on the stoop - you can see one in the first picture, they were pretty shabby looking. I gave them a good scrubbing and painted them black. Here's a closeup of one, surrounded by my container herbs - sage, thyme, basil and parsley. I moved them out front because that way I remember to water them!

And the front stoop from farther back (I should have taken down that flier in the door, whoops.)

Next steps: Replacing the brass lights and house numbers (that's pretty much the theme of all our decorating in this house!) and get a new welcome mat that won't fade in the sun.

This is a before picture that's prettier than the after, because it's not blooming anymore.
Sawyer watering the giant hosta. It's doing great considering it was neglected for a year. I love its blooms. You can see the black-eyed Susan I tried to plant right in front of him but it doesn't look like it's going to make it.

I hung some geraniums in baskets on the pergola in front of the house. I've loved red geraniums ever since my mission - all the houses in French villages have them in their window boxes in the spring.


  1. I wish I could get into gardening... I think if we had money to buy pretty flowers, I could get more into it. For now we just weed the flowerbeds that we have and add wood chips. Sad attempt... but it works for now! Yours look amazing!

  2. Anonymous1:19 PM

    It looks great! Our problem is not only that we're lazy, but the heat and humidity make being outside unbearable for more than half the year.

  3. André, we have had that problem here too, it is so hot lately! I have to get stuff done early in the morning or it's unbearable. Ugh.

  4. Anonymous1:05 PM

    At least you get out to do it, even if it is in the morning. I wish I could say I envy your lack of laziness, but sometimes I like to revel in the glory of my fat, lazy butt. :D

  5. Hee hee André, I am seriously lazy about a lot of things (cleaning, filing paperwork, basically stuff I find boring) but I really like working in the yard. So it's not that I have a good work ethic (I just heard my DH snort from a couple of counties away) it's just that I like gardening.

  6. All you're doing looks great and exhausting. I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements in person soon.


  7. Gorgeous! I think hostas grow well in shade, right? I need to plant some.


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