A house anniversary and snapshots of the garden

I woke up this morning and realized that this past weekend (Mother's Day) was our four year house anniversary.
Granted, last weekend our computer was in the shop waiting to get the memory card fished out, so I guess it's understandable how I let it slip.

We've gone through a few houses through the years.  
We were one of the last of our friends to finally buy our first house. And we've moved more than most! Seems like we've been on a two year plan for awhile.  So living in one place for four years is significant.

It's nice to feel settled and to do things here that feel like we don't have to second guess putting money into.  We can just do it and enjoy! :)

One thing we did Saturday was a ton of yard work.  Just like the interior of our house, I want the exterior to be full of plants and things we LOVE.

But Saturday was mostly about putting down mulch.
I love how it makes a yard feel brand new!

Before:


After:
(I also made like Richard Scarry and labeled all of the perennials that will be blooming soon)
he he!

Before:
(I didn't label this one, but there's some English lavender, Shasta Daisy's and California lilac.)  

After:

Bella always likes to see what's going on out front if she can't be with us.  This picture cracks me up!


~Backyard~
Before:

After:

Remember our wine barrel garden from last summer?  The strawberries are thriving, and I replanted some new cherry tomatoes this year.  We still have a few herbs that are doing well, and I hope to get some basil planted soon. You can see how parched the ground is in this area!!

Before:

After:

I have been wanting to plant some jasmine between the barrels for a long time.
I finally put them in yesterday.  It will grow up the trellis and spread along the top.  Our dining room window faces this area, and I think it will bring in the heavenly smell when the windows are open!

I am hoping to add a decorative trellis to the end.  There's not much that can grow there- except maybe morning glories??- because it only gets morning sun.  The rest of the day that part of the fence is all shade.
I just think it would pretty up the area even more by having a focal point at the end of the garden.

Lastly, here's some close ups of some of my other blooming favorites right now:

my parents gave me this rose bush for my 40th bday  :)


Rhododendrons are native to the NW.  They have gorgeous flower bunches like this in the spring and come in every color.  Older bushes can get to be as tall as small trees!  I love their pretty flowers.

Our Locust tree is in full bloom at the moment.  It drips in hot pink blooms, and the bees love it.  It is humming right now.  It's been an extremely fast growing tree, which is great instant gratification, but it also means we've lost some significant branches in some of our spring weather storms.
It has beautiful lacy leaves too.

A close up of the blooms:

We are so pooped from all the work yesterday!  We are still in our PJ's as we speak!  :)
8 yards of mulch in 5 hours, and I'm hopped up on Advil!
It feels good to get the yard spiffed up though.

Thanks for letting me show you a bit of the garden!
What did you do this weekend?

9 comments

  1. Everything looks beautiful! I can't wait to get some work done around my place. The front is looking good but the back is a mess right now. You've inspired me!

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  2. Your yard looks beautiful Denise! That rose is gorgeous!!!

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  3. Your yard is beautiful! I need to put down some mulch. It helps so much in not having to water so often.

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  4. What is your favorite mulch to use? There are so many types.

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    1. Hi Carol Jane! We used organic mulch in the front. It will help break down alot of the clay we have in the soil, and not fade as much as the bark dust that is so common in our area. In back (and high traffic areas) we used dark fir bark dust mulch. Thanks for asking!

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    2. Hi Carol Jane! We used organic mulch in the front. It will help break down alot of the clay we have in the soil, and not fade as much as the bark dust that is so common in our area. In back (and high traffic areas) we used dark fir bark dust mulch. Thanks for asking!

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  5. Everything looks absolutely wonderful. Don't you just love how the beds look after being mulched - the black really makes the plants pop!

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  6. All that work was definitely worth it! Doesn't mulch make everything look so tidy? I love how each mound of green looks so fresh when circled by brown mulch. Your roses are gorgeous! What a colour!

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