It is no surprise to most of you that know me how much I LOVE to garden. I am outside most days, regardless of the weather, gardening:). I have quite a few tours of our home’s inside rooms and thought I would share our outside ones. When we moved in our house two years ago it was very important to find a house that had plenty of room to garden. While most people have moving vans full of furniture, clothes and appliances I brought 2 truck loads of plants with us and have been gardening here ever since. Here’s a look at what is blooming in my spring garden :).
Spring Garden Tour
When you walk up the steps to our front door you pass my sensation lilac. I have been waiting 6 years for it to bloom and brought it with us because it was still only 1 foot tall at the time. I planted it in my front garden. To see more of our front entrance decorated for spring, click here.
Here is another picture of my front garden. I was so excited to have some daffodils and azaleas already here!
We have slowly been opening up the middle of our yard so that kids can have more space to run around and play in what we hope will soon be grass. This past weekend we took down yet another overgrown Christmas tree. It was by far the scariest tree we have ever taken down and involved lots and lots and LOTS of prayer, cussing under our breath and our tying our pickup to the rope to help pull the tree over so it didn’t fall on our driveway:). Good times! Thankfully the kids and Moose we safely locked in the house and the tree fell exactly where it was suppose to but I am definitely ready to be done taking down trees. Only 1 more big tree to take down…this year anyway. To read more about how we take down our trees, click here.
Here is the same view after Jason cut up the tree. We have plenty of extra wood…if anyone needs any…great for outdoor fire pits:).
Still lots of dandelions…I have pulling them out by hand but it will take a few years before they are all gone. We still need to plant more privacy shrubs down by the fence and we definitely have to plant some grass! We are debating between Zoysia and Kentucky bluegrass.
Here are some pictures of our garage garden. We brought lots of hydrangeas (my favorite) and hostas with us. We have also planted a lot of small trees since we moved in. There is a tulip poplar above and a white dogwood below.
Most of the plants and small shrubs we brought with us and bought are still growing up and filling in so there impact is small now but it was important to us that we spaced the plants well so in a few years we won’t have to cut them down like we did with a lot of trees and shrubs that were here when we moved in. Here is a view looking up the hill:
Closeup of our pink rhododendron.
A view of the deck off our family room. I still can’t believe we found our Restoration Hardware furniture on Craigslist. I have always wanted wisteria but was afraid to plant it because its such an aggressive plant. It so beautiful!!!
A closeup of Japanese Pieris I have off my deck. I have been bringing the flowers in to decorate our dining table.
Here’s a good pick that shows how much weeding I still need to do:). When we moved in these paths were completely covered with weeds and pachysandra. I was so excited to find them!
Here is a view of the pear tree and some beautiful shrubs off the same deck. The Korean Spice Viburnum’s scent is unbelievable! I definitely plan on adding another one in the front!
Here is the fire pit Jason added the fall we moved in. We have to get rid of the huge mountain of wood we have somehow:). We have a plan to add more flagstone and chairs in the future.
Here is the deck off the kitchen where we have lots of our meals in the summertime. I call it my secret garden because you can’t see it from the neighborhood behind our house…it’s so private!
Lastly a picture of our driveway from the kitchen deck. I have taken down over 3/4’s of the bamboo that the previous owners planted, which has been no small task but we can walk from one side of our yard to the other now:). Yay!!!
Our garden is by no means done but I love how it’s turning out! We miss some of the privacy we had from our street but know we will have it again. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to see our spring garden tour! Are you guys busy gardening too? Don’t you just love this time of year!!!
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