Monday, October 10, 2011

In Which a Post is Not About Nursing School

I took a mental health day this past Saturday and gave myself permission to do some much-needed yardwork.

Two weeks ago, we bought quite a few plants at a garden expo, but most of them have been sitting around, dying bit by bit because I've been too busy to plant them.

We also finally got the first half of the weed pit cleared! Evan made a fire that burned for about 7 hours, and with his trusty machete cleared all the jungle weeds away. It looks so crazy-different that we can't stop gawking at it.

Now the picture show begins. I didn't take explicit "before" photos, stupidly, but I have a couple that will get pretty close.

Exhibit 1: The Weed Pit (or as I like to think of it, the Sarlacc Pit.)

If you look past the end of the deck, all that mess is the "before." 

And now, the after! A clear view into the neighbor's yard. 

Exhibit 2: The Water-Logged Spot

What I thought was a before picture turned out to be a video clip. Oh well! it was weedy and dank before, how about that? 

Exhibit 3: The Deck

We're planning to build a corner trellis/pagoda on this end of the deck. The confederate jasmine will eventually cover it, we hope, and provide some nice shade. Soon there will be lattice covering the junk, too. 

Exhibit 4: The Front Flower Bed

The first of several incarnations. 

Current. Notice how the lantana has eaten most of the bed. That will be moved in the spring. 
Lining the walkway we have nandina, 24 dianthus/violas, and underneath waiting for spring about 3 dozen bulbs. 

And for the remaining photos:

I love violas almost to a fault.

Black tupelo tree, turning a beautiful purplish-red. 

Beginnings of our vegetable garden, currently hosting chocolate mint, creeping rosemary, and Provence lavender. Oh, and Monty. 

Finally, the view-from-the-road before and after pictures. 


Four months in. 


Old Kitty said...

You can see and walk straight to your neighbour's garden!??! Wow!

Awwww I say if Monty approves, then even better!! Yay for your wonderful HUGE garden front and back!!! What a transformation in only 4 months! The lantana is very pretty and vivid!!

Take care

Stina said...

Wow, you did a lot of work. The after looks great.

Teri Anne Stanley said...

I remember when I had a nice yard...back before dogs and kids...

Linda G. said...

Lovely! And a great way to take a break from nursing school -- out in nature. :)

Jessica Lemmon said...

It looks like you are settling in well at your new home, Summer! So happy you are taking the time to enjoy it!

leegomez said...

Looks great, Summer! Whenever school stresses me out (every day it seems), things out of doors are always a good remedy. Very Zen :)

Joan Crawford said...

I see a lot of pretty landscaping and flowers but I don't see any gnomes... surely that can't be right?

Luna said...

It's been four months! All the changes you've made are so beautiful. Love the violas, too! :)

Unknown said...

Looks fantastic! I can't believe the difference clearing out the weed pit made. Great job!!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, you'vedone a lot of work to the yard! Glad you took a mental day, Summer.

Sarah Ahiers said...

i always forget to take "before" pics as well. The only time i really remembered to do it was when we got the wood floors installed.

Hannah said...

Beautiful results. That machete came in handy!!

Lola Sharp said...

It's really taking shape and looking lovely, Summer. :)