Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Santa Came Early

My house is 1 year and 3 months old. While I've been diligently nesting on the inside, the outside has been severely neglected.  I don't have much of a green thumb so the thought of doing any landscaping made me feel very overwhelmed with where to start!  While the house sits on about two, mostly wooded, acres I wanted the areas near the house to look 'finished' instead of like this hot mess...

This summer I did make a vain attempt to start a bed on the other side of the porch...Unfortunately this is as far as I got as I ran out of motivation (and money) to finish this project!

I did manage to put up a few decorations and potted plants on the porch this summer 
but that was about all...

Then my most generous mother and step-father offered to give me the gift of landscaping as an early Christmas/birthday present (my birthday is December 20th). You know you're a grown up when the thought of landscaping as a gift delights you to no end!  Their friend Ed Bush, of Bush's Bushes, came over and worked his magic...

 Some features include three high-bush blueberry plants, ornamental rocks, and several other varieties of pink, purple, and yellow perennials. I'm so excited to see what Spring will bring!

A couple 'before' and 'afters':

The landscaping makes the house look so much more 'finished'.  Now that it's done I know I can manage the upkeep of the beds without that overwhelming 'where to start' feeling!

I'm so grateful and delighted!!  



  1. That looks great! The dark mulch looks nice with your black door and shutters. I put out two flats of pansies yesterday and they really made me smile. :)

  2. Love the new landscape. It looks wonderful. What a dramatic difference!
    Just found your blog today. Thanks for sharing.