May 26, 2011

best $$$ we ever spent

Andrew's mother and I just spent twelve hours fixing up the flower bed in the front yard two days ago.  Here's the before:

Overgrown knockout roses and dull bushes were what the builders left us.  And I don't know if you can tell from that second picture, but our soil was pretty much just a rock bed with leftover pine needles.  Twelve hours of digging, $500 worth of materials, the killing of three snakes, blistered hands and plenty of sore muscles later gives us the after:

Thank you.  Thank you very much.  {taking a bow} We LOVE the new improvements to our flower bed, especially the super colorful bushes called kaleidoscope something.  They'll grow to be really big, so I can't wait to see them in a few years!  We aren't done with our yard by any means but we have officially moved up a few notches from our previous state of worst yard on the block.  My next project is to find a really cool vintage piece or something fun to fill with succulents.  Specifically string of pearls.  What do you think?


  1. Beautiful work!! I'm still stumped at how you managed to find 3 snakes in that little area. Please say they were small, garden snakes.

  2. Thanks Courtney! Well, they were all hiding underneath the gutter catcher thingy. We had pine needles instead of mulch before and I've heard that attracts snakes. They were small, but they were striped and didn't look like garter snakes to me, but what do I know. All I know is that they're dead thanks to my very brave hubby. :)

  3. Nice! Love those yellow bushes - wish I'd known you wanted lillies- mine need to be split - they come back HUGER and HUGER every year - I think they've quadrupled in size since we got them!

  4. If you still want to split them, we'd be happy to take them off your hands! We eventually want to do the sides with them as well as around our mailbox.


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