Garden, Home Improvement

Remember the Lorax?

The Lorax would be very upset with me right now. Does anyone know what I am talking about? “I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees?” If not, you can see my Dr. Seuss reference here.

I have a guilty conscience. See, I am a closet tree hugger and I try to do my part for the environment. I pick up litter on walks with my dog, I don’t typically turn on my office lights at work, and I am mindful of not wasting too much water when I shower. They are all little things, but I try.

I hate when people cut down trees. It actually makes me angry. In spite of that, this past week we had two trees cut down in front of our house. I feel pretty guilty about it, to be honest, but the house looks OK without them.



Of course, they look pretty in this picture… must be the instagram effect.


{A Smith of All Trades} House without trees

The trees were dying. Slowly, but surely. The bases of each tree were so chewed up by insects you could stick a pole through them down to the roots. The leaves fell off way too early… I’m talking about spring too early. And they bloomed — beautiful pink flowers — but only for two days. They needed to go.

Our yard looks so much bigger without the trees up front! I think we will eventually replant at least one tree in front of the house, but to ease my guilt, I donated money to have 25 trees planted through the The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign in the Atlantic Forest . Like I said, I am a total tree hugger.

So, what do you think? Improvement? Bad choice? Has anyone had any experience with fruit trees? I think I want to plant an apple tree up front — how cool would that be? I definitely like the look of no trees way better in person. The yard looks sort of naked in the photo!


Happy (belated) birthday, Chester!

OK, our yard is awesome. We hosted a mini birthday party for Chester, Remmy’s awesome doggy friend, and the two crazy dogs ran around the yard like maniacs (OK, Remmy ran like a maniac, Chester ran from Remmy). It was a really great time and I’m glad we are able to have such play dates because of our new awesome yard. The hubby and I really did hold out for the right house with the right yard — it’s definitely paying off.

Other outside news… my garden didn’t die overnight! Check out this sweet set up I’ve got:

The entire right half of the garden is different types of lettuce. The darker plants on the right are broccoli and cauliflower. Mmmmm. It’s making me hungry just thinking about all of the fresh veggies I get to eat this summer. Maybe I’ll even try new recipes! … Maybe.

The hubby made fun of me yesterday because I got the hose out to water my garden. He thought I was going to wash the grime off my fairly new car. I scoffed at him and said that Humphrey (my car) could wait to be cleaned, but my garden couldn’t wait to be watered. I love my garden! I can’t wait to plant more. I want an entire bed full or tomatoes! Mmmmm.

The last exciting part of my day yesterday was that the trees in our yard are starting to bloom. I mentioned a while ago how excited I am for spring because we house hunted in the dead of fall and winter. Well, I am liking what I’m seeing. Our trees in the back have little leaves and the trees out front have pretty pink flowers! Those are my trees and my flowers! Holy moley!!!

You should basically call me the Lorax because I am totally loving all of my trees. Speaking of which, does anyone know what kind of trees they are?

I know our yard is going to be totally green and we’re going to gain a ton of privacy because I stalked us on Google Maps. Look at all the trees once they bloom. Yay!

Happy spring! And happy Tuesday!