Wednesday, April 19, 2017

garden party

You know I'm a list maker. I must have four or more notebooks laying about at any given moment. You know how I feel about office supplies.  Nothing makes me happier than going through my notebooks to scratch off completed projects.Well. I take that back. I'd probably rather watch a good movie or eat a vat of chips and salsa. Just keeping it real. Ha! But I do love checking things off the list.That means progress people and I'm all about moving forward and making progress.

This next project has taken me about nine years. At least. Because I've always dreamt of having an English garden of sorts. Its funny because growing up we were always made to work outside in the yard. Cutting grass, pulling weeds, not so much flower gardening but keeping things neat and tidy.  
Of course I hated it growing up. Now I just laugh because its one of those things in life where you realize you're becoming just like your parents. Because I love yard work. To me now its like therapy pulling weeds. Is that weird? Add it to the "weird things about Nancy" list along with "loves to do laundry and clean." But I digress... 

We have a tiny backyard...I refer to it as postage stamp size. Its really all we need especially since we live so close to so many wonderful parks. Last year we gave away our kids' swing set at which point I DIY'd a flower bed on one side of the yard. I ripped out all the grass, lined it with put steel edging, then mulched and planted different plants from our local butterfly museum garden store. It took me a whole weekend to do it myself but I was so proud of it. Man it was glorious. Until a big freeze earlier this year. Even my prized purple porter weed bit the dust. Insert sad face here. I couldn't decide what to do...replant or bag it all. Honestly the green grass had become more like green weeds. I no longer use chemicals like fertilizer or weed killer in my yard so the dollar weed had really gone to town. I'd try to rip it out by hand but even me, weed pulling lover that I am, grew weary at the task. So I started dreaming of ripping it all out and putting down a gravel path. One pinterest board and plenty of ideas later I came up with this plan...


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We found a terrific company to and the company to turn my plan into reality. Of course this would have been the perfect time to take a before photo but honestly you know my mind is a sieve so this is about as good as a before as we'll get today.

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This was after the grass and flower beds were removed. We left the plants that were still alive where they were. I bet I have a better before but need to go back through my photo archives...I'll put that on my to do list....ha!

We've been searching for a bigger fountain to put in the middle but once they moved our little fountain here I didn't think it belonged anywhere else and I will never part with it...

always in a southern state of mind

We bought this fountain the day we brought the boys home from the NICU. I'm not sure why we did it that day. I know a fountain had always been on my list but why that day...I wish I could remember. Maybe because my husband knew I'd always wanted one? He's a keeper. I think we talked about looking for one with a pineapple, iconic in the south as a welcome sign. We saw this little acorn one and since it looked like most like a pineapple, well, it was the winner winner chicken dinner. It took a little while to dawn on me the significance of this little acorn fountain... you know me, always looking for signs from the universe... here we were bringing home these little baby boys to grow them, with no clue as to how to parent, zero, zilch, nada, haha! I always think of our two little acorns we brought home that day when I see our little fountain. I hope I live to see the days they grow into mighty oak trees. 

Once the gravel path was installed the tiny boxwoods were planted and the beds were mulched...


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Next we had a pony wall constructed to hide air conditioning units...

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This is where I thought we were done.
My plan was to add plants from the butterfly museum and start from scratch.
BUT...
I have this thing for topiaries so I took the opportunity to go buy a giant one...
I'd say allegedly but its here now so the jig is up on that one.

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We found a brilliant electrician to fix an electrical snafu 
so that the fountain could be relocated in the middle of the yard...

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I first thought that I would wait on planting any new flowers
to see what, if anything, would make a comeback from the freeze...

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The passionflower vine above surprised me...
I thought it was a goner.
I'll probably plant it by the new pony wall and let it take off...

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We ended up adding some purple salvia, lavendar, and plumbago.
We're still playing musical chairs with the new topiary.
I feel a new patio set coming our way soon.
If not another topiary.
Allegedly.

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I'm hoping the Texas Mountain Laurel in the back corner really takes off this year.
I'd love to see its purple flowers instead of the house back there
{no offense to the neighbors}

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If you ever come over and I don't answer the door
this bench is where I'll be...

always in a southern state of mind

That is until the new patio furniture arrives ;)}



7 comments :

  1. Positively gorgeous. You inspire me, Nancy!

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  2. I have always wanted a Charleston garden...😊 I like your plan. Sheila

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  3. Nancy, I'm a garden person, so seeing this project from paper to reality gives me a thrill. Kudos to you for dreaming this and seeing it become a reality! The design is lovely, and yes, you absolutely needed that gorgeous boxwood topiary. I searched for one to put on my front porch this year after the freeze took my eugenia topiary that I'd had for many years. After many hours visiting various garden centers I found a beauty only to see a sold tag on it. ;-(
    The following week, I lucked out at Marburger and came home with a new eugenia that is now welcoming guests at our front door.
    Thanks for sharing this project. It's beautiful and will provide years of pleasure as you relax on that bench taking in the joy of it all. Enjoy!

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  4. It's so pretty out there! I've always loved a formal garden and keep saying, one of these days...but it's probably not too practical where we're heading. ;) I think first thing every morning, I'd crunch along the pea gravel and sit down with a cup of tea and listen to the fountain. Loved seeing the sketch to execution!

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  5. Don't know how I missed this post but your garden is beyond lovely! I love to pull weeds too and it is absolutely therapy for me. ;) Love all the blues and purples you planted, what a gorgeous oasis.

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