Anyway, this is the front yard of the house when we moved in.
The photo above--that's the yard prior to last week. The more that I looked at the half-assed, dead garden island the more disturbed I got. I don't know if it was because I felt like it was a pile of bad mojo to leave someone else's neglected gardening attempt in the front of the house, or if it was a legitimate nudge from the universe to make me get the energy flowing around the house but I decided I had to do something with it now. Not in the spring.
The front yard is kind of funny. There's that island with the shrub and plant graveyard (and no, it wasn't only because of the season. I saw the house in the summer and it was the same then). And a largeish rock. The rock was IMO the best thing in the "garden".
I'm going to preface the following with this: I am not a landscaper, nor a designer. I've come up with what I can do to the yard to the best of our finances and ability ;P
Anyway, my birthday was earlier this month and I asked for some bulbs & a tree. So we picked up a japanese maple from Lowes on markdown (it was 25% off, making the tree 20 bucks) and a couple packets of bulbs.
After thinking about the limitations of our yard we decided to put the japanese maple on the side of the house. (originally I wanted it in the back yard but it's very, very windy now and I think the tree wouldn't survive. So I went with plan B.
I like the tree and rock because I can see them directly outside my window from my workshop/office.
OK...Back to talking about the front yard:
Again, there was that defunct garden area, the shaggy hedge and a spindly arm of sidewalk that branched off the main one and half-assedly reached toward the "garden". If you look closely at the pic below you can see it.
I'm not entirely sure what that was about, but mark made it clear he didn't like it and we'd be removing it at some point in the future. I thought that since I was digging up the yard to make room for a couple of flower beds that I'd think about ways to maybe work that piece of sidewalk into the design. However, that didn't gel due to the sunlight requirements of the bulbs. What I did was gather the various rocks and stones from the front yard and side yard (and what I found as I dug) and piled them up on the spindly arm area. Eventually we'll do something with it but for now it looks better just with rocks piled over it. Not a massive improvement, but an improvement.
Speaking of rocks I am hoping to convince mark that we could paint the sidewalk to look like stepping stones/ flagstones. He's not sold on it yet...but maybe. ;) If we did it right it would look good, and save us the problem of taking up the concrete. And it probably wouldn't add as much to our property tax valuation, unlike if we used real ones. Maybe. So I edged the walkway so that it was more defined. I'm playing with the idea of either putting rocks along it (might hurt if we slip on ice and fall on them though) or maybe if I can get them cheaply enough some boxwood (small ones though) shrubs.
This was the start of my landscaping:
|the baby japanese maple, the well, and 2 of the flower beds.|
|the front beds. New maple tree(19 bucks after 50% off), 2 mums (the little yellow patch), and the big flower bed||.|
Anyhow, I'm going to be very interested to see how the bulbs work out and what ends up growing aside from weeds. In the big flower bed I planted a mixture of red & purple tulips and white daffodils. I think I might have snuck a few crocuses in too...but I was bad and didn't' get around to diagramming the beds so only spring will tell me for sure what's where!
And here's a better shot of the hedge---mark made it from a shaggy thing to a roundish thing:
So that's basically what I've been up to aside from helping research stuff that we need (garbage, heating oil, propane, water etc). Now I bet you wonder what Mark's been doing???
He's been doing this:
Now he's doing this:
|Mark's first time mowing at the house!|
While he was mowing today he found the following:
Not a lot planned on the landscaping front this week: I'm waiting for my wrist to be a bit less painful before I go digging anymore holes. I bothered it when I was helping move the propane tank. Urgh.
That's the update for now!