Green Thumb…cross your fingers

It’s been almost a year since we closed on our home & started working on making it our own. We’ve come a LONG way from pink & turquoise walls and a stove older than I am. I’m looking forward to sharing some of our renovations this summer as I finish up the last minute touches.

One thing we put off the longest was the front “yard.” Patch might be more appropriate, but whatever it may be, it was in desperate need of some TLC.

Fortunately, for the plants I did not tackle this task alone…well I didn’t really tackle it at all. I didn’t happen to receive the green thumb of my gardener extraordinaire grandmother, but instead a brown thumb from my mother. In steps III. He spent the hot Mobile summers landscaping, so in steps my “gardener in shining dirt.”

Here is a before shot of the “patch.” It was less than attractive with dying bushes & weeds overtaking the little area we claim as our own.

We headed to Home Depot & purchased some round-up to take care of business.

However, I’m a little impatient, and when it wasn’t all dead & decomposed by the next day, I urged III to take matters into his own hands.

Isn’t he the best!

Once the ugliness was cleared away, III removed two of the bushes, and relocated the third. So, then there were three.

After another trip to Home Depot, let the planting begin…here is the “patch” in progress.

III planted 2 beautiful Asiatic Lily bunches in between the bushes to add some color. These are perennials (for those planting novices out there, me included, this means they will come back again next year…hopefully). When we purchased them, the flowers had not bloomed, so we waited several days in anticipation to see what color they would bring.

We were not disappointed, when we walked out one morning and were greeted with this beauty!

We (i.e. III) used these small yellow flowers (not sure what they are called, but they are annuals, which I’ve learned means we are going to have to replant them because they will not be greeting us again next year) to fill the bed in. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first, but III did a great job with the placement & everything came together so nicely!

So once again, here is the before.

And the after…..voila!!!

and from another angle…

The lilies are now in FULL bloom & it brings a smile to my every time I come home.
Thanks III :)

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I did contribute a small amount. Check out this beauty that I hung on our back patio…

We are looking into some patio furniture & might have found an old set at the lake this weekend just waiting to be transformed! Once the back matches the beauty in the front, I’ll be sure to share.

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