Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Day in the Yard

When we bought our house, there was a lot of this...



Look at all the overgrown weeds and dead leaves!  They made it look like no one loved this place.


I have spent hours spraying RoundUp, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and raking out the debris throughout the spring.  The last step was to add mulch (what a fun way to spend our Saturday... not).

We started with the two beds that flank the driveway...




The planter bed by the mailbox was begging for flowers (much like the one in Little Rock), so we chose...


...plumbago (it can actually be a perennial in warmer climates)...


...a flower we found for $1 at Lowe's (I cannot remember the name no matter how much googling I do)...


...two types of veronica...


...and wave petunias for directly next to the mailbox (these are kind of my go-to summer annual).

Here's the planter bed from another angle:


The mulch makes it look so much more... professional/finished.

There is also a huge planter bed to the right of our house that is an absolute eyesore.  I have doused the entire thing in RoundUp more than once, yet it is somehow still a weeded, poison ivy-ridden jungle.


For example, this pictures shows the improved version...


...and it's still a mess.

This planter bed runs from the house all the way to the street.  Right by the curb was particularly atrocious, but my mom found some hostas hiding among the poison ivy.  After we finished mulching the other beds, we transplanted them in a line by the street and, of course, mulched around them...



They'll require a lot of watering in their first few weeks in their new home, but it's definitely worth it; they'll fill in and make this corner of the yard look well-loved, too.

In other yard-related news, our pots and window box are looking lush...



Happy weekend!
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