Making a house a home

>> Sunday, April 11, 2010

is not necessarily just about decorating the indoors. When we moved into our house last summer, the yard was pretty bland with some over sized greenery that had to go.

The beds are overgrown, everything needs pruning, the only saving grace are these roses growing over my garage.

Once the heat of summer dwindled into the cool of autumn, we took out the giant pine tree that dwarfed the house and also the behemoth shrub on the corner that stretched up to the gutters.

Then we rototilled some new beds and called it quits until spring.
(Here you can see how empty the yard was over the winter)

Well, my friends, spring has sprung and I am dead sick of looking at my barren dust bowl of a front yard, so as time and money permit, we're beginning to add some life back to our little home.

Today, we tackled the new front bed.

We planted a Cleveland Pear Tree

Some dwarf Japanese Juniper shrubs

A broom plant

Some bottle brush fountain grass (which is the dead looking tuft in front of my giant piece of driftwood- which is there to hide the stump from the pine tree we removed last fall)

Delicious smelling lavender

and some white candytuft

Finally, I dragged my old cement bird bath out of hiding in the back yard and placed it in the front bed to balance out the pear tree and mulched the whole area. We lined the bed with rocks from the beach down the road
Sorry for the quality of some of these pictures, it was getting dark and I was rushing to get the shots. I'll update tomorrow with more photos!

Little by little, getting there!

Oh, and don't forget! Head on over to Low Tide High Style -Monday is the last night to be entered to win a pair of my pottery shard earrings!

updated: a few photos of the finished bed


CastoCreations April 12, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

Wanna come over to my yard!?!? It looks SO bad right now. You guys must have been exhausted after all that work. It looks fabulous!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique April 13, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

Looking good!! Way to go! Love that everyone pitched in! Happy Spring!

Tara Beaulieu April 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

LOL, Megan- my yard is STILL really bad. We have SO much to do here. Not the least of which is replace all the gutters and rotted boards behind them, then PAINT the whole dang house! That's why the beds up next to the house are still empty and a mess. Up next will be the unfun work! :)

Ollie, yes it was a fun day and the boys were so excited to get out there and do "yard work" (which basically consisted of sword fights with plastic beach shovels).

Thanks for visiting!

Amy Lilley Designs April 13, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

GREAT JOB on the yard work...that was ALOT of work...we have some of the same plants...the broom bush, the lavender, the flowering pear's a great sense of accomplishment! Yes, it would have been so nice to meet you, but thank you so much for your kind too, Tara, keep up the beautiful work...I do hope we get to meet one day...:)))

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