I don’t think my brown thumb is as dark as before~ so far, I’m keeping all the plants and flowers alive in my newly landscaped front yard!!! Plus, the yard’s looking good with the addition of a few thrifty items.
This is my favorite color of geranium. I used them in the two urns outside my front door.
I opted not to have plantings directly outside the doorway. Instead, I’m using urns that can be filled with seasonal flowers. In the winter, I have plans to set my grapevine trees into them. The two large pots under the Welcome sign are actually clay pottery candle holders that the husband gave me as a Christmas gift. They were originally slated for a back patio, but I like the way they fill the area here.
Last summer I was admiring a bed of hens and chicks while at someone’s yard sale. The sweet lady actually went over and dug some up and gave them to me. Ya gotta love “free.” I used them to accent this hypertufa planter. They actually made it through the winter in this container- I simply left it in the garage and gave them an occasional drink of water.
Even the transplanted hostas are thriving! At first, they were looking really droopy. But they’ve come back! One humongous plant was divided into about 20 pieces and placed along the pathway leading to the backyard.
I showed the bluestone pathway leading to the backyard in a previous post. The hostas are nestled in the shady area beneath the pine trees and on the other side of the fence.
I dug this old birdbath out from storage and plopped a Dollar Tree birdie into it. It needs a good scrubbing with bleach- there’s way too much algae and dirt inside the bowl. I actually did see a few birds drinking from it, though. They’ve never been back- I sure hope they didn’t get sick!
This variety of lilacs doesn’t produce the vivid purple blooms I remember seeing as a child, but their light hue is still pretty.
There was a low area directly in front of the boxwoods that had to filled in with topsoil and then seeded. I covered it with landscape fabric to hold in the seed. If you look closely, you can actually see the sprouts of grass coming through the burlap. the area’s all filled in now and you’d never know it wasn’t the original sod. But if I would not have covered it, I think all of the seed would have been washed away- it rained for two full weeks after the planting was completed. Although having two weeks of rain was pretty gloomy, it certainly saved me some watering chores for a while! Then it got hot, dry, and humid and the sprinkler system croaked. aagghhh….
I like the detail of this hypertufa leaf that I found last Friday at a garden and antique show. I bought if for the very fair price of $12. It’s good-sized- about 18 inches long. One of these days, I’d like to try my hand at mixing up a batch of this concrete solution and creating some containers. They take a long time to cure, so maybe I should think about getting them started before the fall! Gotta find me some ginormous leaves like this somewhere, too.
I bought this 32-inch tall concrete pineapple garden ornament at a yard sale last spring. When I was at the garden show, I priced these things- there wasn’t an ornament to be had for under $70. Want to know what I paid? Are you ready? A whopping three dollars!
This basket sits between the garage doors and is filled with lots of color. I didn’t put it together- I found it at the garden show. It wasn’t inexpensive, but at least the dealer offered me a bundled price on this and a smaller display in an old tin Quaker Oats can.
These little guys are really starting to grow and to bloom out. I am so happy that no critters have been munching on them or digging underneath them. The moles didn’t make their appearance in this bed this spring. I think I should knock on some wood, because they just love my yard. We have the lawn company apply the bait, Talprid, in order to control them. Nothing else works- and I’ve tried a lot of “cures” that never helped. I even tried smoking them out! Now that was a funny sight. Can you imagine mole holes with smoke wafting out of all of them? I think those little creatures just laughed at me while down in their tunnels…. I think they finally moved back out into the woods. Or into the neighbors’ yards. Whoops…..
I had planned on taking a few more pictures, but it’s starting to cloud up and will probably be raining soon. Of course it would rain- the irrigation system ran this morning for the first time since I had repairs done on it. For a week and a half, I’ve been having to drag out the hoses and the old timey sprinkler head to get the watering done. That was a job! I had to set a timer and then run out to change the sprinkler location every half hour. I’m still waiting on the bill for the part that had to be replaced and I know I am going to have sticker shock. The part that went bad looked like the little plastic piece that holds the top of the box away from the pizza. You know what that looks like, right? Well, I laughingly said that it was a 49 cent part that would cost me an arm and a leg. I wasn’t wrong. The repair guy estimated the part to be about $30. Yikes! Then, I still have to pay the labor charge. Well, it took him all of five minutes to replace the part, but who knows what I’ll be charged. Too bad the Pizza Hut pizza thingee wouldn’t have worked! Oh well, I’m just glad the system is back up and running. My brown thumb needs all of the help it can get, even if it IS getting lighter!
I’m meeting with someone to discuss working on the backyard tomorrow. It’s a sloping yard that is practically unusable. We’re talking lots of fill dirt here. And brick patios. And no more grass! Well, maybe just a little, but mowing the yard isn’t high on my list of time-savers. I usually spend several hours on the front yard. I always double cut the lawn in different directions, edge the sidewalks and driveway, and then trim the beds. The husband is in charge of the back yard. He needs football cleats for that. We cut every three days or so, if it isn’t raining. Now you know why we don’t want to keep all that grass!
I’m joining the following parties this week:
Please pay these hostesses a visit on their appropriate party days and see a lot of inspiration.