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Coming Up Roses (Again!) June 1, 2009

Filed under: Landscaping — houseanonymous @ 10:38 am

Yes, the roses are in bloom again.  I am so relieved to know that I just shocked them a little and didn’t kill them!

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All the plants in my flower bed seem to be pretty happy…

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Dianthus

Salvia

Salvia

And of course roses!

And of course roses!

As an added bonus, Salvia attract hummingbirds and have a nice fresh sage-y scent.  I haven’t seen any hummingbirds yet but here’s hoping!

 

My thumb may not be black after all… May 20, 2009

Filed under: Landscaping — houseanonymous @ 10:00 am

I recently posted about the new flower bed I planted in the backyard.  What I did not mention, is that in the days after I planted the roses, they lost all their petals.  I was very distressed about it.  One the one hand, I thought maybe they were just stressed, but I was pretty worried that I had killed my roses by planting them.  The leaves stayed green, however, and the other flowers in the bed began to bloom, so I had some hope.  Well, yesterday my husband pointed out that the rose bushes have buds on them again!  That means we get a roudnd two AND that I didn’t kill them!  There is hope for me after all.

 

Bed of Roses Part 2 April 26, 2009

Filed under: Landscaping — houseanonymous @ 9:30 pm

I finished my backyard flower bed!  I actually finished it the day after my last post about it but I haven’t had a chance to come back and post about it.  Without further ado…

p4220781p4220776I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Maybe this gardening thing is kinda alright.  I did not exactly follow the plan but hopefully it will turn out well!

 

Bed of Roses… April 21, 2009

Filed under: Landscaping — houseanonymous @ 9:07 pm

Well, maybe not quite, but its well on its way!  I have only been talking about our landscape plan for… months now.  Blair bought me some climbing roses for Valentine’s day, and they have been in containers all this time.  Well today I finally got to work on the rose garden.  Here is the back corner of our backyard before…

p2270778Yes, our backyard has a few challenges.  It is not especially large, at least for our area, and it has a pretty significant slope.  The slope may not be very obvious in the picture, but it became very obvious to me today while I was working!  Here is a picture of the flower bed in progress, after I had removed all the grass…

p4210798It may not look very impressive, but it was a lot of work!  There are a lot of roots in that area working against me.  And my bypass loppers that you see on the right side of the picture are being held together by duct tape… so they didn’t really give me the required leverage to cut through roots…

The second big job/challenge of the day was to build a border around the bed.  It was a challenge because of the slope of the yard.  I really want all of our beds eventually to be bordered by stone, but I think I am going to wait for that until we are ready to do the front.  They don’t have the type of stone I want at Lowes, so I am planning to have some delivered by a local stone yard.  In meanwhile, I still want to do the job right, so I used some bricks we already had at the house from another project.  I think it turned out nicely…

p42107993It is a little tough to see, I will have to take a more close-up picture tomorrow.  Those two projects took the entire day today, including two trips to Lowes and a few other errands.  Blair was home when I got back from my second Lowes run, and today was his birthday so I decided that I had better not neglect him to play in the dirt some more!  Maybe I can get this project finished up tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

 

You Can Do It! April 7, 2009

Filed under: Landscaping — houseanonymous @ 10:16 am

At least thats what the Home Depot likes to tell me.  Well I really would love to get started on our landscaping, and I was thinking that a power tool or two would help get the job done.  Enter The Home Depot.  Their tool rental center can help you get the tools you need, but may only use once, without spending a fortune.  One project closer is having a giveaway, sponsored by The Home Depot, for a $200 gift card.101This tiller would be just the thing to kick start my landscaping project!  Please, One Project Closer, hook me up!  And check out their giveaway yourself, all you have to do to enter is comment on the post.  Good luck!

 

Flower Power March 29, 2009

Filed under: Landscaping — houseanonymous @ 8:47 pm

I am super excited about our upcoming landscaping project, and I wanted to share the plants we will be adding around our home.  We will be extending the flower bed in the front by about 2 feet, adding some landscaping in the two far corners of the backyard, and possibly eventually adding some landscaping and a tree on the other side of the driveway.  That will be a bit of a challenge due to our small lot size.  We have three different types of bushes in the flower bed currently:  our newly discovered azaleas, some loropetalum that are mostly dead, and a mystery bush that is already too large for its spot in front of the windows.  Everything is coming out except the azaleas.  Here is what we will be adding…

Homestead Purple Verbena

Homestead Purple Verbena

Fountain Grass

Fountain Grass

Liriope

Liriope

Zebragrass

Zebragrass

And perhaps one day…

Azaleas

Azaleas

Azaleas on the far side of the driveway.  For the backyard…

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Asiatic Jasmine

Asiatic Jasmine

Daylilies

Daylilies

More Verbena

More Verbena

Climbing Roses

Climbing Roses

So there is a peek at things to come!  I sure hope we get our business together soon to make it happen.  Anybody have any tips?

 

On the Way to Curb Appeal March 23, 2009

Filed under: Landscaping — houseanonymous @ 4:13 pm

We have not altered our landscaping at all from what the builder put in, but now we have a landscaping plan and we are ready to take the curb appeal up a notch!  Check it out…

p3230795Sorry it is blurry.  I will post a better version once I am able to have it scanned.  One of the most fun parts about this process for me was discovering that some of the bushes in front of our house are azaleas!

p3230797p3230796Tyler is known for azaleas, but we moved into the house in July, after their blooming season is finished.  They just looked like small green bushes.  Over the winter, their leaves turned purple, and now the leaves seem to be turning back to green and the blooms are coming out!

Sorry to say that is all the time I have right now to post but I will add a lot more details soon!