8.25.2014

Inspiration du jour ... #outside



Since I seem to be confessing lately ... I will make another big confession. 

I do not like to work in the yard.  At. All.


I don't like dirt and most everything I buy and plant seems to die.  As the hubs says ... plants come to our house to die.  I get all motivated and take hours to plant them so beautifully.  They look amazing for weeks and then life kicks in and I forget to water them and they die.  

I can't be the only one!  



So ... with the oldest graduating in May and our yard needing some work,  I am beginning to focus my energy on the outside of the house! The inside of the house is so much easier for me ... but I am trying to look at the outside with the same mentality.  The sections of the yard are the same as the rooms of the house, and I will take them one section at a time!

Last week I tackled the pots in the front yard ... the front steps, the garage and a new addition!


I have had these urns for a few years now and I love them!  I purchased them at Scott's Antique Market for $150 for the pair.  They are heavy and well worth the money!  These boxwood bushes are a few years old and I have done well with them. The first year I planted these small bushes in the urns they turned brown on the tips in the winter and I freaked.  My dirt friend Maggi reassured me that they were healthy and just "wintering".  They could have given me some notice!


 I added some moss to help me with the water retention.   Plus ... I just love the way it looks!!! 


I planted these boxwood topiaries on either side of the garage door in my other favorite pots.  I added some Creeping Jenny to the bottom of the topiary which I am doing my darnedest to water every morning.  That plant is hard to keep alive ... and I just love the mix of the two greens! I will add a picture of the garage with both pots this afternoon when the sun hits the back yard.  I forgot to shoot these pictures yesterday and the house faces east!  I just love these pots here.  The topiaires are my favorite project from last week!!


This is the new addition pot!  A little to the right of the front steps and filled with mint, the pot has a place for a candle in the middle so I can light it up for guests if I chose! I just love the stand and the pot full of mint.  It has already filled in from when I planted it just a few days ago.  Mint is one of the few things I do really well with growing.  And it will trail down some, which will be even more amazing!

My first "room" of the yard to tackle is a toss up between the mailbox area and the area surrounding the crepe myrtle.  Here are the plans ... 

Crepe Myrtle Room
 Plants English ivy in bed surrounding tree along walkway toward front door



Create a rock border around Crepe Myrtle to control the growth of the newly planted ivy
Remove existing nasty landscape edging and replace with bricks or large stones



Mailbox Room
New Mailbox ... our current one has a wood post (need I say more?)
Install a butterfly garden in the large triangle bed 





Remove existing nasty landscape edging and replace with bricks or large stones

Thoughts ... what would you tackle first?? 

And yes, I am doing this myself, with very little help from the yard guy! 

Well, except the mailbox!

I don't do cement!

xo,
MPM
 

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