So much landscaping

Saturday was a day filled with dirt, dirt, dirt and more dirt. With the awesome help of my dad (he did most of the work), the hubby and I spent all day Saturday landscaping the front of our house. The weather was fantastic — not too hot, a little muggy, and it even rained to cool us off! Thank goodness it wasn’t too hot.

We started bright and early at 8 a.m. and finished mid-afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Then, I went to bed at 8 p.m. because I was too tired to do much of anything else.

It. Was. Exhausting.

But it was all worth it.

Here’s our house before the landscaping overhaul:

These are the goodies we planted:

And, on top of what we bought at Home Depot, we were able to replant the bushes from one side of the house in another location! Because of that, we took out the rose bushes and moves the spaced out bushes on the right side of the house to the left side of the house. We planted them way better than they were before — you’d never know they are the same plants!

After hours of intense manual labor, here’s how the house turned out!

So much nicer than before and so much more well thought out. The black mulch also makes a world of difference!

I love the new plants, especially my liriope and speedwell (thanks, Ann!).

Once all of the excess dirt washes away the whole front of the house will look even better…. Now, we just need some shutters :p

So pretty. It’s nice that you can actually see our house, now that the rose bushes are gone. Our bay window lets in a lot more light now and looks even bigger than before. I’m really glad we put in all of the hard work to make the front of the house look as nice as the inside.

Happy Monday!


Landscaping our home

When I got home last night, my plan was to make dinner then run out to a craft store and pick up some supplies for a new project I want to try. So, I threw some chicken in the oven and asked the hubby to pour me a glass of wine, and I relaxed…

… for six minutes.

And then the UPS man came and delivered my package — guess who has a Ravens collar and leash now!!??!!

Totally cheesin’ it.

And then my dad called. We went out to dinner on Monday to discuss the possibility of landscaping our house this weekend and the hubby and I decided to go for it. So my dad called  last night to take me to Home Depot so he and I could pick out plants for the front of our house.

Here’s the front of our house now:

It’s not so pretty. We need shutters and a new door, plants to fill the empty-ish bed on the left, and to majorly trim back those crazy rose bushes. I also want to rid the front of our house of the fence that lines our sidewalk and the wood lining out two planter beds– it doesn’t match anything, especially with our new fence. Oh, and our well cap is pretty ugly, too.

So we shopped! Check out our sweet haul:

We filled almost the entire bed of the truck with plants. Here’s what we got…

Two tall grass plants to anchor each side of the bed:

Four Japanese Holly shrubs for either side of the low window and two mini holly plants for right below the window:

Six purple cone flowers (not sure where they are going):

Six of these purple flowers (Go Ravens!), but I can’t remember the name of them — I’m quite the horticulturist, huh?:

And ten liriope plants:

I am very excited to see how it all comes together. I think it will help the curb appeal of our house a whole lot.

AND, on top of all of this landscaping fun, I have SIX huge tomatoes ready to be picked tonight.

Got any fun plans for the weekend?