Last weekend we took a little break from our Ikea kitchen reno and did some gardening (which means our living room looks like a cabinet factory right now).
It was drizzly and rainy most of the weekend, which sounds like a bad time, but might actually be my new favorite time to do yard work. For one thing, the sun wasn’t out so it was cooler, and the other reason is the ground is so much softer which makes digging holes easier. Plus no need to water the plants right away.
We did a little in the front of the house too, but more on that later.
We are very novice gardeners and are learning as we go, and boy have we learned since our entire yard needed a complete overhaul (see the entire back yard and patio process here). We ask lots of questions when we go to nurseries, and one by us will even help you with your landscape design for free. Yeah, can’t beat that.
We have been mostly happy with the plants we have chosen, but a couple weeks ago we decided that the Shenandoah Grass over on one side of the patio wasn’t working for us.
You might remember this is what it looked like before with the Shenandoah Grass.
And this is what it looked like way before (yeah, I know, ick)
And this is now.
The little flagstone step flanked by the Shenandoah Grass was okay looking, but it provided no privacy and died off in the winter. We decided to replace it with 3 Schip Laurels. The Laurels should grow large enough in a couple years to provide a bit more privacy and are evergreen.
We are still loving our new table. One thing we realized after sitting at the table is that it is actually a couple inches higher than our old table. I guess there’s no standard patio table height…who knew? We do feel kind of short when eating, but we’ve gotten used to it.
Remember our mums that we got last year? We transplanted them to the red pots over by the laurels and they seem to be doing well. That area gets a good amount of sun which is why we put them over there. They will eventually move to our front porch when (or I should say, if) they they bloom this fall. We are novices, after all :)
Our hydrangeas are getting ready to bloom. You can just make out the bud there in the center of the leaves.
I am hoping they get nice big blue blooms, but since we only planted them last year we’re not really sure how well they will perform this year. Hydrangeas in our area sometimes have a harder time in the first couple years.
The Encore Azaleas I showed you last week just finished blooming, but should bloom twice more this year. You can just make out the last of the flowers. All the rain and storms we had over the weekend knocked off most the flowers. They lasted a good two weeks and we enjoyed every minute of them.
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