I know my weaknesses. I’ve made some pretty tasty dishes in my life, and found some great sales on clothing, but I know I’m nowhere near an expert in those fields, so I don’t attempt to blog about them (i.e. give advice to the world on those subjects). One of those subjects I’m not too savvy on is landscaping. Call me Miss Black Thumb. I manage to kill weeds and cut flowers in a vase, just be being in their presence. It’s a gift. But because this project falls under the category of “my abode”, I’m going to share it with the internet. If these plants happen to die in a few months, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This weekend, Scott and I came home from the vet to find our neighbor’s yard exploding with new plants. It’s not that we have to keep up with the Jones’, but seeing her kicking butt on her yard definitely gave us the little push we needed to attack the front yard we’ve been talking about attacking for months. Plus, her landscaper friend told her about Japanese holly (easy to maintain, hard to kill) that was on sale for 9 bucks a pop at Home Depot. Jackpot!
We visited another nursery in town and also picked up some red geraniums (nice compliment to our yellow house) and some blue hydrangeas for the side of the house. See those sad little red plants and the dead boxwood in the above picture? Those are the reason for this front yard mini-overhaul. Our neighbor suggested that we just spray paint the dead boxwood green and be on our merry way (which we almost considered) but decided to keep our dignity and replace some sad plants with some new, fresh ones.
Goodbye, dead plant. Hello, japanese holly. I hope you’ll be good to us and not die. We can’t handle having another dead plant in our front yard – a beacon of gardening shame for the whole neighborhood to feast their judging eyes upon. In addition to the holly, we also bought some blue hydrangeas to plant on the side of the house. These should get up to about 3-5 feet in width, so we’re hoping they’ll fill the empty hole that exists between our house and our neighbor’s.
That little blue card is a sign of good things to come….assuming my black thumb doesn’t wreak havoc on these little guys. My favorite part of the yard redo was the red geraniums, partially because they were the only ones with pretty flowers. We picked up some plastic, faux terra cotta planters (lighter and much less expensive) and some potting soil, and popped these suckers onto our front stoop. Instant color makes me a happy girl.
The final product of our sweaty efforts was more symmetry to our front, plus the deletion of one very dead plant. Overall, our little Saturday afternoon was a success – so far. Send some prayers and rain our way so these freshly planted shrubs make it through the wrath of the black thumb!
One pleasant surprise of our spring yard is the resurgence of a formally sad little tree the previous owner had planted in the front yard. Lo and behold, this warm weather brought out some pink buds on a dogwood that we had assumed was on it’s way out. Does this make up for the dogwood that Charlie ate in the backyard? I’ll let you decide.