Welcome to my garden mini series, phase three. We are in full swing of spring/summer activities and attempting to make our backyard beautiful. DIY landscaping is not highly recommended when you are planning a 1st birthday party, a christening, a 3rd birthday, and a two month trip abroad but if you have the time it can be a great adventure. Mr P and I took on this project as we were sick of looking at grey fencing, a new erected brick wall behind us, and swampy grass.
So far, in phase one, I have given the fence two good lickings of stain, cut out a border, and cut three semi circles, to give it some shape. I also added a few touches to the front yard, some beautiful hanging baskets, flowers around the front tree, and a few pots. In phase two, we added topsoil to our border cut out, black tarp to keep those pesky weeds away, and startied plant shopping and planting. In phase two, you would have also seen my many exciting tweets and IG photos of my new willow tree. I have always wanted one.
Now on to phase three:
I finished the plant shopping. I never thought I would think that it could be so much fun picking out various colors, shapes, sizes of plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers. I was getting really technical too with what color flowers would bloom next to each other and what colors the leaves would be in the winter, next to each other, as I wanted a great variety throughout the year.
It’s hard to tell now, as not many have bloomed yet but I can’t wait until they do, so I can get so much needed photography practice!
So I set to work in phase three getting all these beautiful plants in the ground before the weather turned on me. We bought some bark to spread around our beauties, as I have always liked this look. I added three semi circle, raised flower beds using stone. Its hard to tell in the photos, but each circle is raised higher than the rest of the garden. I did get a little short on bark so there is still work to be done.
I took this photo as I couldn’t stop laughing in all my crazy ongoings and to do’s, I really need to stop and take a chill pill sometimes. This photo just shows you how easily it is to be rushing about and forget a major thing…can you spot it? Yup, I forgot a piece of the fence to stain! But gives you an example, if you didn’t see before photos of how ugly the old fence was and boring. I still can’t believe it took this long to notice it. It was only when I was laying down the bark right next to it! lol
I also included this photo, because even though it looks finished there will always be bits you need to add, change, or continue to do. I planted two black grass shrubs, excuse the newbie gardener she doesn’t know her botany! I thought the bark would be lighter and they would have a great color contrast. The bark was dark, and as you can see or not see for that matter is they blend in. So in phase four, I will be replanting these elsewhere and getting something more vibrant to replace the black grass. My ivy is growing faster than I thought, I am really excited about it twisting and twirling around my black iron trellis.
I planted a few of these in big pots on the patio. I just love the gorgeous colors and how big they get quick. Although they do attract the bees which I am allergic to but thats worth the risk to have these beauties to look at.
What’s a family garden without a little garden helper? Buba, even picked out his own watering can at the pound store the other day. He kept saying, “I want one that matches Daddy’s”. Yes, you heard correctly, Daddy’s. He is the water boy in this house. I did the heavy lifting, digging, planting, organizing, and numerous trips to the garden center, I know touch life, he can water and weed them!
I actually bought this before it bloomed and it wasn’t amazingly gorgeous, but I loved the name blueberry cheesecake. What’s not to love about that? But I am so pleased I did because when it bloomed it was stunning. This photo doesn’t even do it justice.
Mr P is a very outdoors kind of man, so he was ever so proud of his wifey’s handy work, even if it was amateur work. And he did put a few hours of sweat into it as well! Yes, my stones are a little uneven, some of the plants blend with the bark, and one piece of the fence got forgotten in the staining process, but overall I was proud of what I have done so far.
This has also become my favorite new spot to read, have a midmorning snack while the kids nap, and enjoy my handy work. It was a lot of hard work but so worth it in the end.
But my mini garden series isn’t over just yet. Stay tuned to see how I bring this grass back to life, and make it something the green keepers at the country club would be jealous of. Not to mention, some more shopping for some outdoor living and garden accessories, I am so excited to share with you all. You haven’t seen the last of this garden either, as my new friends start to bloom, I will be capturing them all here.