We bought our little house from hippies. This is not an exaggeration. Unfortunately, they were not happy hippies. When they split up they fought over the house and it sat empty for 3 years. It went on and off the market and finally we bought it almost 5 years ago. As you can imagine (and you have to because I didn't take any pictures) it was wild, overgrown and a big mess.
We moved in late fall- then I had the accident and the baby- and we lost some time in fixing up the house. We have done some projects and have a ton left to go. A lot of what I do with the plantings is removing them- or at least pruning them to make them smaller, and trying to figure out what huge tree limbs to remove so that other trees can "breathe" and that sunlight can get to ground.
To see what I am up against I decided to take pictures instead of trying to describe it all. It was dark and dreary today so the pics are rather dark. I am going to do this in 3 posts because I have a lot to do. This is all about just the front of the house.
The house wasn't in the greatest condition when we go it and it was ugly. The white paint didn't do anything for the structure and the hippies had built this weird pergola on it. The picture I have here is when we painted the house green. The sides of the pergola had already been removed (they were a nasty grate that made me feel like I was living in a prison. A cheap, badly built prison that the birds loved to nest in.
My husband cut down the abomination and built the railing instead.
This is the front- it gets no sun. I like the plantings, but need to work on the grass.
I have 3 planters- 2 on the porch, on by the second door. I don't like the pink and this will be the last year for that color.
This is my Iris garden. One of the jobs I have to do on my list is finish painting that little finch that covers up the gas box. I started to late last fall and didn't get to the third panel.
These are the plantings in the very front. Daylilies grow to well up here. I have to thin the heard this season.
I just put in the new pine bark mulch. I like it very much.
I started with the front because I don't really have to do anything up here and the garage sale is taking all my time this week. I will post the pics of the back and the side yards- I have a lot of work to do there- a lot. It's really kind of scary.