Thursday, May 28, 2009

Yard work galore

Up until about two weeks ago most of our attention was spent on the interior of our home. We still have plenty of work to do before the inside is complete but we decided that the exterior was in desperate need of some care. We have spent countless hours pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, planning, and preparing for planting our yard. We painted our once-red door a rockin retro green. It looks pretty killer. We also made a rock and moss path to our hose, planted some pots and reshaped and sloped our flower bed. Here are some pictures of our journey:

Josh got his first lawn mower and is so excited about it. He takes amazing care of it and mows our lawn once or twice a week.

This is what the 'flower bed' in front of our house looked like. It was full of weeds, lacked color, and to us looked like no planning or care went into it at all.

Our lawn was COVERED in these pesty buggers. I hate pulling weeds but it needed to be done. We now have a fairly patchy lawn but in time it will fill in and look much better than it did with all the dandelions and weeds.

This beast, which was almost as tall as our house, was overwhelming to look at. It was ugly and also disrupted the view out our big, beautiful window.

It is no longer:




Saturday the preparations were complete and the planting began. Josh had to move 7 boulders that weighed between 400 and 600 pounds each from our flower bed. He tore out the remainder of our plants and sloped the soil in preparation for fresh flowers.

We replaced that big fat pine tree with these smaller bushes that will fill in beautifully one day.

We have a few blooming peony bushes that I am completely obsessed with, therefor you get an overload of our peonies.



We also have whatever these are,

three hydrangea bushes,

and many roses all in bloom.

We have a gigantic maple tree in our front yard which I LOVE! It provides shade and charm, both of which are good.
We love to lean up against our tree and admire our home.

11 comments:

Chris and Mari Spiker said...

Cute!! Its coming right along!! I love all the flowers you chose! & big trees are my absolute favorite!

Melody and Nathan Pellegrin said...

That is just so great that you guys are doing all that. How wonderful to move into a home with, I am sure, more room! All your flowers are beautiful! Do hydrangeas keep well in Utah?

Megan said...

the giant tree in front of your house is amazing. you guys are always so busy! everything is looking absolutely gorgeous.

Alison said...

Wow, the yard is looking amazing. Yeah, I'm not a fan of pulling weeds either, but I guess it pays off :) GOod work!

the organic kitchen said...

Pretty peonies....which reminds me have you looked at iheartpeonies.com yet? Their house reminds me of yours. Good work Josh! Be careful of your back. I think you need to come to the lake to relax after all that work. Just an idea...

Brittany and Johnse said...

It's almost there....so far it all looks amazing! I LOVE all the peonies you picked! BEAUTIFUL!

lori and clark remington said...

It is really looking great...keep up all the great things you are doing to it. Love to see the progress!

Julie and Tyson said...

It looks awesome! What a ton of work! But well worth it of course. How wonderful it will be when it's all finished!

Rachel said...

Good for you guys for gettin' down to business! No messin' around at your house...

Mandee said...

I love your new bushes and flowers. I agree yard work is so hard but its worth it in the end. The flowering bush that you dont know what the name is, well I have one too and its called a Mandevilla(red riding hood), they are pretty. Where did you get the Hydrangea's? I want some. I love them. Good Job on everthing its looking great.

The Bushman Family said...

Congrats on the house! You guys are working hard I am sure it is darling!!