One of the projects that I’ve neglected to blog about? A combined effort to revamp the front flower beds by the basement entrance. Unfortunately I don’t have a before picture because A) I just dove into this project -and- B) I’ve never taken a picture of this part of the property because it was ugly. Imagine these awful, large bushes which housed random birds and spiders. No thank you.
So while Kurt was away in Daytona this year, I decided to rip out the front bushes and plant new flowering ones called Fiery Quince.
And it snowballed from there. When Kurt returned, we renovated the mulch out of the front including:
- new mulch (duh)
- a ton of flowers (including my free flower from Southern Living @ Haven & a lovely red flower from my friend Linda)
- a fence that was meant to keep the dogs and chickens from ruining the flower beds (not working)
- pathway lights
A complete overhaul, if you will.
Behold, and note that this fence is not effective in keeping out chickens, dogs, and/or cats. But is sure does look pretty, so it stays.
And the lights I bought have this spiderweb-like glass, which looks amazing….and then I figured out that they change colors. At first, I was horrified and now I’m loving them. So they stay.
I’m not a fan of statues or lawn ornaments but I couldn’t help but buy this adorable replica of Duke with an anchor on his cap. So it also stays.
I bought two Allen & Roth planters at Lowe’s and filled them with the leftover annuals and some cool flowers and moss from Lurgan Greenhouse.
Kurt desperately wanted a stone pathway to the basement which meant hand digging each stone and layering with sand to level out the stone. A lengthy process but bonding time if you’re into that kinda stuff.
Kurt planted grass seed in the bare spots left from the now removed bushes.
Buddy and Duke sat still for one picture. Enjoy it.
I planted poppies (and cackled like the Wicked Witch repeating “Poppies will make them sleeeep”) in the side flower bed, but they didn’t hold up to the wind or rain so I’m going to replace them next year.
Although the side flower bed didn’t grow as well as I anticipated, I do think it is a VAST improvement. The lack of growth would be because my two oldest a-hole dogs love to dig in said flower bed for cat poop morsels.
Next year, different flowers in the side flower bed and more training for the dogs.