Monday, April 28, 2008

Landscaper's Challenge



If the posts on this blog seem a bit sparse these days, you can contribute that to the beautiful weather and me learning the joys of landscaping. I have fallen in love with it.

Every spare moment last week was spent outside. My children did excellent playing outside and enjoying the beautiful days too! I had babies r' us on my front porch, but it's all good!

Aunt Debbie and Uncle Durward were home last week. Aunt Debbie and I decided to take on the task of landscaping the entrance to our home. We lovingly call these projects our 'farm beautification process'. Eventually, we will have landscaped every square inch around our homes. Now that the chickens have found a new home towards the barn instead of on my porch and in our flower beds, we will be tackling a project a week. Full speed ahead!

Before we started, the entrance to our house looked like a big fat dirt patch. And the dirt wasn't helping a sister out in the floor cleaning department on the inside either.

Before shots:



The rewards of landscaping are well worth finding mulch in places on your body that you didn't know existed. I can't wait for all of this to fill in and grow!

This whole area is covered in shade so we had to choose plants that were hardy in the shade. Which if you live in Texas, it is pretty hard to find plants that do well in shade since mostly everything is geared towards the hot sun here.

I love how it turned out. I couldn't have imagined it was going to look this great when we started. I still want to put something to fill in the blank wall on the side of the house. I was thinking an old door with vines around it or something like that. Any thoughts?

Here is the finished product.


.....cobble stone pavers.....

......You can see the original hitching post to left. That has been here forever. Our home was built in the early 1900s.....

.....Hydrangeas.....


.....Azalea bushes. The trimmed ones were already there. We cut them back and filled with more azalea bushes....

.....A view from the porch. Gotta love symmetry.....

......A pair of pails and pulley. Say that real fast.....

.....Front part of the house. We put rose bushes in this existing flowerbed. Is that not the biggest rosemary bush??? Jasmine and a climbing rose bush will make their way up the front porch posts.....

12 comments:

Steph said...

Oh My Gosh! It looks fabulous!!!

We've passed your farm a couple times now..to my great delight...and so I may just have to stop by and see your landscaping in real life! It's so beautiful and I am completely inspired to get a little dirty myself!

Heather said...

Jealousy is rearing its ugly head at how beautiful your house looks! Want to take a drive north to Oklahoma and work on our yard? :) And I LOVE your rosemary bush!

QuiltedSimple said...

I love it - you did an awesome job!!! If you want some hostas (shade lovers) I think I could ship some of mine to you - I have millions I was going to pitch - let me know.

Kris

QuiltedSimple said...

P.S. - for on the side - how about a seed sign from your local grain mill? We get them all the time, and I love seeing them on the side of our sheds. . . or a large tin star, or a big grape vine wreath.

Kris

D.O. said...

So that's what I missed out on... dang man.

Cool, cool, cool. Seriously. I like it.

Aldape family said...

Since I have seen it in person I can say that it looks Great! You are becoming so handy! I must say that I am most impressed with the cobblestone paths that you made! You are becoming so handy, moving cows, gardening, pulls eggs out of places where the sun don't shine, Haha!! Love ya girl! We had a blast this weekend!
Love
Kayla

The Montalbos said...

Wowzers! Your house looks awesome!!!

Way to go girl! I'm VERY impressed by the cobblestone path and the landscaping is amazing as well.

Well done.

Kari said...

love the pails and pulley!!!!

what a great idea!!!

looks fab!!!!

Carrie said...

You did such a great job!

sugarcreekfarm said...

So cute! Wanna come landscape my farm?

Brandi said...

ok, wow, that's amazing. very cute, very creative.

how did you get your chickens off the porch? ours are driving me crazy! poo is everywhere!

The Kramer Family said...

Thanks for the compliments! Wow!

Brandi- the chickens were a challenge. First off, their coop was way too close to the house. So, we moved it far away to the barn area. Jason put up a temporary (chicken wire) fence around the coop where they couldn't get out and roam completely free because we tried it without the fence and they kept making their way back to the house. We kept the fence up for about a week and they've stayed so far. I tried everything from squirting them with the water hose (and yelled 'booyah' at the same time) to throwing rocks at them (and yelling 'take that' while I was throwing them).

This was the only thing that worked. Chickens are stupid. I found that out after researching the poo on my porch problem. It takes them about a week to pick up on change or a new behavior. We want our chickens to roam freely, but keep their poo to themselves or at least off of my porch and out of the flowers.

I hope this helps. I feel your pain!
Lyns