Hey...they may actually have style

I always feel really embarrassed when people drive by our home. It looks horrible. It is completely bare and doesn't reflect the vibe the inside of our home has. When we first moved in, it looked something like this:

We removed all the bushes the first week and, except for a few yellow mums, haven't touched it since. A couple months ago, we did take down the 40 foot pine that concealed any charm our house has. Leaving our place looking something like this:

I couldn't take the shame any more and declared that all I wanted for Mother's Day was a prettier front yard. And we did it! Saturday, my mom and I went plant shopping and I picked up four azaleas and three tanacetum. Everything else was stolen divided from my moms master garden. B and I picked up the Dappled Willow from Home Depot on Sunday. We spent the entire day working outside. The soil was horrible, so we had to dig a bunch of it out and replace it with manure and enriched topsoil. Brian spent hours digging out bush stumps that weighed more than our daughter and dog combined. In total we spent about six hours working. But neither one of us are complaining, we were happy to finally be making progress. We finished just in time for a family Mother's Day dinner. This morning I woke up and saw this:

Ahh...much better. I cant wait until the plants fill out and look all lush and full. If I don't kill them first. I have a reputation with turning greenery brown. Oh, and that bench? It's now yellow- so expect a post on that soon!

A close up of the right side:

Here's a close up of the planted bed on the left. We still need to mulch and add another Hosta to the dead space on the right side of the photo, but for now- it's done!


  1. I found your blog on another blog and had to check it out. Great transformation! I love before and afters of home exteriors. They show personality, hard work and beautiful plants. Good luck keeping them all alive. I find that I am much better at keeping outside plants alive than inside ones, all except one type of tree that is. :( It only took me killing two of them (at $100 a pop!) to find that I will not have one in my yard. But the 30+ lilies and numerous other plants are great.

    LOVE the yellow too. We went with that to accent our brick. :)

    1. Hi Megan,
      Thanks for the comment! So far, all the plants are doing well-so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! What tree did you keep killing? I kept all my receipts because Home Depot will replace them up to a year.
      Hope you stick around a continue reading- your comment was much appreciated!


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