A while back, I signed up to be a part of the Clever Cookie School of Blog, and since then I’ve gotten to be good blogging friends with some incredible bloggers from around the world. Each month on the 10th, some of us form a 10 on 10 photography circle. We share 10 photos (occasionally more – my bad!) from our life – a day of our life, generally – and one of us link to another. Our visitors have the opportunity to make their way around the circle. Some of you may have made your way here from Veronica at Mum of Five Girls and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Stephanie at Steph’s Joy. I hope you enjoy!
Almost a year ago, my Sweet Husband and I bought our first house. We managed to luck up on a place that is in the city with the feel of a secluded place in the country. The house itself is fabulous (and one of these days I’ll take pictures of the inside so you can see what we’ve been up to in here…perhaps after I’ve had a summer off to do things like install a shiplap wall and build floating shelves and a built-in bookcase), but one of the things that really drew us to the house was the extremely large yard. As I mentioned, we are in town…and we have about an acre and a quarter here. We’ve heard from people on the street that at one point in time the yard here was magnificent. Like Yard-of-the-Month magnificent.
We’ve spent the biggest part of the last year cleaning up the yard and trying to decide what we want to do with it, how we want to begin working to improve it. As we’ve gone around cleaning and clearing, we found evidence of the former glory. There is a ton of concrete statuary. We’ve found planter after planter, ceramic and plastic pots of varying utility, things buried in the ground, tools left around. When we bought the house, the owner’s son was here doing work to get it ready to sell. He said that his father had been gone for two years and his mother for six before that. With kids at a minimum of 6 hours away, the yard suffered.
One of the things that Sweet Husband and I love to do is garden. There is something to about digging in the dirt. We also enjoy heading to our local Lowes Home Improvement Center on Saturday mornings to comb through their clearance plants. We did all the landscaping at our previous place with clearance plants, and we intend to do the bulk of our landscaping here with clearance plants. When you have 1.25 acres, any help you can get on cost is appreciated. Particularly when we will need to mulch everything and mulch isn’t cheap in these parts.
One of the things that we decided to do in January was to create a plan for the yard. I’ve been reading gardening books and pinning things on Pinterest, trying to come up with ideas for what we want to do here. I felt like it was going to be really important for us to have a plan so that when we head to the nursery or to Lowes, we know what we are looking forward to…because believe me, I can get distracted by a pretty plant in a heartbeat. And Sweet Husband likes to indulge me…which is why I have a Buddha hand plant on my back porch.
Even with the plan, though, I find that we have difficulty remembering that we are only working on a couple of projects at a time. This year we decided that our focus would be the front planter/bed which has our four live oaks and the firepit/fountain in the back. While we have made a ton of progress on the front planter (which I don’t have any photos of for this post because the water sprinkler was going when I was snapping away), we’ve also started five other beds in the front yard alone. Not to mention the work around the gazebo. All of it in the plan but none of it on the agenda for this year.
(We have a gazebo. A huge gazebo)
When you find plants that you love and that you know will be beautiful in your yard, how do you pass them up? How do you say, nah – gonna pass on these? In our house, we don’t pass them up.
This is an oak leaf hydrangea that I got on clearance last fall. We didn’t plant it until this spring, and when we finally got around to putting it in the ground, we were sure that it wasn’t going to survive. Little by little, it came back. And the good news is that since part of the plan is to put hydrangeas down all of one of our fences, we can take cuttings of this plant and have tons of them to plant next year. We also planted four french hydrangeas this spring, so we’ll have those to put into the mix as well.
Sweet Husband and I celebrated our fourth anniversary in April, and the traditional gifts for the fourth anniversary are fruit and flowers…which he and my sweet in-laws interpreted as meaning I need fruit trees and plants. We are apparently working on our own orchard with tangerine, meyer lemon, key lime, and blueberry bushes (we also have raspberry and blackberry vines…as well as the pear tree, two Japanese persimmon trees, a kumquat tree, three pecan trees, and possibly a cherry tree that were already on the property).
The property is fully fenced with chain link (cyclone) fencing all the way around and between the front and backyard. We have decided that on the north side of our property, we want to do a living fence on either side of what will eventually be a five foot wooden fence. One one side we have planted oleander bushes and on the other hibiscus plants.
I have a probably 40 more pictures I could share with you. But I’ll save those for another post. Are y’all gardeners? What is growing where you are now?
Thank you for joining us again this month! If you came to me from Veronica or if you are starting with me, you will make your way to Stephanie at Steph’s Joy. If you started with me, you’ll follow the circle until you make your way back to me. I hope you enjoy everyone’s beautiful photos and have left us a little bit of love in the form of comments as you’ve traveled. I can’t wait to see what everyone has!