Archive | June 2014

Landscaping Project #2

To be honest, this was not my creative effort, but my husband’s. He built a small pond in our back yard a few years ago, right beside our breakfast nook windows. There is a small waterfall in the corner, and we love the sound of flowing water. We enjoyed the pond so much, my husband decided to expand it this past spring. It now circles out around the deck. He added a new path around the pond, and we added new landscaping beds on each side. I helped choose and plant flowers in the new beds. I love perennials since they come up each year, so I am using this opportunity to try out some new plants. ¬†Whatever doesn’t work I will pull up and move, and we will try something new next year. That’s the great thing about flowers! Here are some “before and after” pics of the pond. We had to begin all over with pond plants, but by the end of the summer, the plants in our new pond should be flourishing.

Old pond

Old pond

 

Expanded pond

Expanded pond

Pathway and flower beds

Pathway and flower beds

A different view

A different view

Landscaping Project #1

I didn’t post on my blog at all in May, but I was busy! May always brings a slew of yardwork and landscaping, and this May we were especially busy with two large projects. The first project involved a little curb appeal around the front entrance to the house. When we moved here, the entire front of the house was surrounded by a hedge. Well, if you know me, hedges are definitely not my style! Hedges bring to mind words like plain, orderly, neat rows, trimming, upkeep. (If you have hedges at your house, I still love you.) It took a while to win my husband over, but now he thinks it was his idea to get rid of the hedge around our entryway, so he chopped out the shrubs last fall. We did some initial plantings then, but when spring came, I had to get busy choosing more plants and then planting them. I definitely love shopping for plants better that actually digging holes! Here are some before and after pictures. I took the “after” picture last month, so the plants are a little larger now and look even better. I’ve also added a couple of caladiums.

 Old hedges

New landscaping