I just adore this time of the year in the South. Everything has greened up, the days are getting longer and the weather makes it very pleasant to be outside. We spent the time between Honey’s big 40th trip
and his party
getting the yard in ship shape order. You know, fun chores like spreading pine straw, pulling weeds and painting the garden fence (compliments of the littles). In the end, it was so worth it!
I shared the newest addition to my ever-growing Bronwyn Hanahan door hanger collection earlier in the week. It’s a perfectly punchy pop on the front door for Spring!
I also picked one up for our garage door. We use this door a hundred times for every one time we use the front door! Since I’ve pretty much covered all seasons and holidays on the front, I’ve been picking up cute additions for this door as I find them. This colorful bike had me at hello. It is also by Bronwyn Hanahan.
Even with the back porch addition, we still use this little driveway seating area on a daily basis while waiting for the bus, taking a break from basketball or what have you.
I have really, really been trying to add to our landscaping over the last three years. It seems like an uphill battle at times. My hostas are exploding this year and can probably be divided (I sound savvy but I’m not). On the flip side, I lost my jasmine around the arbor AGAIN this year and have started over with a hardier variety. I have also planted at least five different things around the fountain on the far right to have had all of them die except for a few stray hostas. Yard work is no joke :-)
In addition to the success with hostas, the annabelle hydrangeas are still going strong back here. I have a ton of them in the yard, but these are the only two really thriving. Funny thing is that they are planted in old metal in-ground trash cans. Maybe I’m on to something… my neighbors will really think I’ve lost it when I start burying metal trash cans all over creation.
I always add potato vine to my pots. It lasts all the way through fall and into early winter, even when everything else is leggy or dead.
There are still some spots in the grass that need to green up, but the littles play HARD back here every day so Honey said this might be the best we get. I’m okay with that… what’s the fun of having a big flat back yard if you can’t play in it?!?
Here you can see our dilapidated play set. I’ve been reluctant to take it down because the baby is still really just a baby. But haws and squirrels have done a number on it and I’m afraid it might be unsafe. I’m thinking of replacing it with a pergola and a small seating area OR a grilling area but really can’t decide. I’d love your ideas!! We already have the fireplace on the porch so I don’t want to add a fire pit. That’s the only thing I know I don’t want. You can also just barely make out the zip line back behind the play set in the wooded area.
We added this path and light landscaping out to the golf course last spring. It was really hard to trek back there before. We added the path lights this spring when we did the other exterior lighting. I see someone has left a yellow dump truck behind one of the hydrangeas…
Our garden is back in full swing after taking a cool-season break. This year we scaled back to just two beds of veggies and used the third for a flower cutting garden!! Hello, 40×41 list!! The littles painted the fence for me on Mother’s Day.
Well, that about sums it up! I’m trying REAL hard people!!!!!!!!!! I dream of a lushly planted property with blooms at all times, but that is not an easy feat… especially for a girl that only tolerates the outdoors and doesn’t enjoy sweating.
PS. If you want to see our before and after pics for kicks, look here!