Thursday, June 6, 2013

~~~The Landscaping Is (Almost) Done!!!~~~

Hi everyone! I have to say that my dear hubby has been LITERALLY working his butt off. And I mean that: his pants can fall off all on their own!!!! But, the result is wonderful. The builder just does a basic package of a few plants in the front of the house. Joe has done all the way around the rest of the house!!! The only place that isn't planted is where the deck and patio are going to be. Oh, and we had a guy come Thursday to give us an estimate so that could be soon too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to have a deck so I can go out and have my breakfast outside. I used to do that all the time at the old house.So, I will show you around. The builders planted a few bushes in this area, but it gets no sun o very little sun so we have switched out some of the things. The front of the area gets afternoon sun so can have some partial sun bushes. I also added some red and white begonias at the very front. This is the feeder that the bluebirds come to.
 We brought the stepping stones over from the old house. They had been around the pond but we sit here on the bench at the end of the day so didn't want to walk through the mulch. I also brought the cranes out from the basement. I love them.
 It was supposed to rain when I took these so I had taken the cushions inside.
 The left side of the sidewalk was not planted, we did that. I really wanted to do that. After the driveway is done we may do both sides of the driveway too....
 This is the right side of the house. The grass just came up to the house so Joe outlined the beds, sprayed the grass to kill it, turned it all over, then planted all the bushes. Most we bought but some came from the other house.
 The doubl hook now has a hanging plant and a lantern.
 The tallest plant is a magnolia! We have never had one!
While we were building, these 2 large rocks were on the property. The builder said we can have them and they will move them for us. Still waiting on that but it will happen soon, I hope! We have plans for them:)

 This frog used to be on the front porch. He is content no mater where he is:) I planted a red, pink and salmon geranium around him. Soon they will be lush and full.
 The lilies we got at Lowes during the winter as bulbs. We planted them inside, in a plastic container. Then in the Spring we brought them outside! They are doing GREAT!!!!! Another rock that Joe dug up:)
 LOVE the deep, rich color.

 This is a bed at the back right corner. We plan to put maybe a forsythia or some other flowering bush here, along with some other things too. The rock, Joe dug up while making the beds.
 This is the back of the house. The droopy thing to the left of the rock is a transplanted peony. It will perk up soon, it is in shock right now:)
 Along the back (south facing) we have all rose bushes!!!!!

 This is the gardenia topiary that Joe gave me for Mother's Day.  It is sitting here til the deck is built then will be ON the deck!
 It is full of buds right now!!!!! Can you see them?
 This is the east side and just gets morning sun. Hydrangeas live here along with some hostas and other things.

 We feellike we have made  good start. There are people who have been here a year or 2 who don't have as much planted so we are happy with what we have accomplished so far. But then we do enjoy it.
 The hay is where they came back and reseeded cause we had a bare spot.

 I have  several sets of cushions for the bench that I will share too, I promise.
 I also made a Faux flowering hanging basket for the porch since the fushia died. It just got beat to death with the wind and also NO sun. So I decided to go Faux and i think it looks pretty good. That will be in another post.

 We had a real pretty sunset the other night so I thought I would include these shots too.

Thanks so much for your visit. Hope you enjoyed the tour. I will be more focused on sharing INSIDE now that we have most of the landscaping done. Have a beautiful week my friends. XO, Pinky
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  1. Your yard is looking fabulous. You guys have been really busy. Love the curb appeal. Thanks also for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. Pinky,
    Gorgeous landscaping and plant choice, dear friend!!! You and Joe make a marvelous team!!! I adore the curvature of the plant beds!!! Already, I can visualize what next Spring will bring!!! I am intriqued as to how you'll work in the boulders. . .I'll be watching for updates!!!

  3. Everything looks just beautiful! I can't wait to see it in person!!
    Not sure you'll like that magnolia though...they are pretty messy.

  4. Your planting is looking beautiful. I bet you can't wait to see it grow and establish now. I have magnolia envy!

  5. Oooh Pinky - it's going to be so, so lush and gorgeous when it all grows in! Yard work is hard, but the rewards are usually great! I didn't realize the magnolias would thrive where you live. I love em! BTW - I've landscaped several new yards over the years that were barren of trees and I have a secret to share with you. My trees are always larger than any other trees that people plant because for the first three years or so, I put fertilizer spikes in the ground near the tree once/year. The spikes aren't the little bitty ones. They're about 5" long and are fat. I usually get them at places like Lowes or Home Depot.

  6. Wow Pinky, you have done so much and it looks great!! so inviting and green:-) You asked about the plates, and they are Hazel Atlas "pink crinoline." Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Your house and landscape is looking great! We had some landscaping done about three years ago and some of the shrubs looked so small for a while and now we're hacking them back to keep them the right size.
    Your bench is so pretty and I like your cranes/herons, too.
    Have a good week,

  8. Completion of the garden very attractive, congratulations.
    The inspiring presence of the lantern!
    All very beautiful.
    Are you a Japanophile?
    From Japan.

  9. It's so pretty! I love having a yard full of landscaping. Well, except when it comes to weeding which I did this weekend!

  10. Your landscaping is looking so pretty, Pinky! I love that gardenia topiary. Mine (yes, they will actually survive in the desert) finished blooming about two weeks ago -- I just loved it! Something that I've noticed is that there are no fences. Here, everyone has a block fence around their property. I kind of like the openness, but I also value my privacy. I just thought it was interesting.

  11. Wow, your hubby did work his fanny off, but goodness, it's beautiful and is going to be gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at my Sunday View blog party. Would you please put a link on your blog back to mine?
    Thank you!

  12. Your yard is coming right along. You already have blooming plants. :)

    Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. I am you latest follower.


  13. Y'all did a great job, and I'll bet your yard really stands out now. I love the frogs. This may give you a chuckle - I know a man who is terrified of frogs, even fake ones. He wouldn't come within 100 feet of your house! Isn't that a riot? And you're making me want rose bushes now. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  14. What a perfect little front garden and I love that you have extended it all around the house.

  15. Pinky, you are a very busy girl, indeed! Just think, in no time at all your landscaping will be filled in and lush! The little bench out front is just perfect for visiting with all your friends as they walk toward the clubhouse!

  16. Pinky,
    Thanks for finding me now I have found you. I love your landscaping. So beautiful.

  17. Your landscaping looks amazing! I know that had to be a lot of work. I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post to this weeks party! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  18. The yard and gardens look can tell that you have put so much hard work into the design...a real labor of love!...I love the choice of all the flowers and shrubs...and the garden decor is perfect!....Can't wait to see the growth of your landscape in the future!! and gorgeous sunset Pinky!

  19. I love all the landscaping you have done in your yard. I love lots of color. It is going to look fantastic when you are all done and everything starts growing. You have a beautiful home.

  20. Beautiful landscaping, Pinky ... you guys have been busy! I love the colors, and I'm envious of your lush, green grass! Look forward to seeing what you do with the rocks, too!

  21. Here from Lamberts Lately. Your yard is beautiful! Great job!

  22. Great pictures, I love having and an assorted arraignment of flowers and plants in my front yard. I recently just started a landscaping project where I built a few retaining walls and ordered a few plants for my walkway. Im also browsing through a few decorative mailboxes to replace the old boring one I have.


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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