Sprucing Up


Posted by Rebecca, April 22nd, 2011

I mentioned last week that Mike and I had spent some time in the front yard clearing the death. Though we haven’t had a chance to do much other than just making it look not-bad, I figured I’d share some pictures until it looks just plain old good. So here we go, in mostly pictures 🙂

Two out of three bushes dead! Still thinking of what to replace them with…

The other side at least had some signs of life coming up in the middle of all that death.

Plus some mum skeletons mixed in.

But! The two hydrangeas we planted last year are sprouting up! I was a little worried about them because we planted them late. They had beautiful blue flowers on them, then we got hit with a killer heat wave in early June and all of the flowers fell off 🙁 The leaves stayed green, but they didn’t bloom ever again. Hopefully this year I can have flowers for long enough to put some around the house!

Hot mess going on in our little island garden.

So I gave them a little (okay a lot of) a haircut. That’s Mike in the background dealing with our dead patches of sod, from above mentioned heat wave last year.

Then I pulled out all of the plant skeletons.

And things started looking much better!

Reseeded (and thanks to the rain this week, it’s green now!)

So now we just need to keep seeding our hearts out, doing rain dances (for the grass and the hydrangeas!), hunt down some replacement plants and freshen up the mulch in some spots and we’re good to go! 🙂

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3 Responses to “Sprucing Up”

  1. Joon says:

    coming from someone with ZERO plant/gardening skills- looks great- better than I could ever do! I fear I would have a mulch/rock garden if it were up to me 🙂 good thing ordy likes doing all that good stuff

  2. Saw your tweet, so I’m commenting (although, I had a hard time finding the commenting button as I was looking for it at the bottom of the post.)

    Have you researched some drought tolerant and native species for your yard? We talked to a master gardener at our local arboretum and she helped us pick out plants that would do well in the NC clay soil and heat.

    Good luck with the landscaping. It doesn’t look too bad to me 😉

    Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) recently posted..Making a Citrus Striped Cake Stand

  3. It looks great — what you did already!
    I second the comment (above) about going to a local nursery and asking about native/hardy plants. That doesn’t necessaily mean that they’re ugly.

    It took me years to ‘master’ the garden in my previous home. I knew what grew well, what survived the frost, etc. Now I have a new climate to learn. 🙂
    karen @ our slo house recently posted..lake lopez- easter weekend

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