The roses in the front have started blooming again. Roses are seriously one of my favorite things in life. 🙂 The tiny cream ones were actually from our wedding reception (they were the centerpieces), and moved with us when we bought this house two years ago.
My husband finally finished trenching the lines for the new irrigation system in the back. He had a lot of trouble with bad tool rentals so far with this project, and the trenching took way longer than we expected because of that. He is finishing up the water lines and we planted the roses in their permanent homes. While he was trenching, I put lots of plants in flower pots and urns. I also picked out lots more plants that will go in the ground…more info on what I will be planting coming later this week!
Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen some snapshots of my progress with this project this week (@apluscphotography). I have been busy painting all of our finds for the backyard in shades of white and cream so things will look more cohesive and like my dream shabby chic garden. I went through a few different types of paint before I found the ones that I liked the most. I ended up settling on two from Rustoleum (I found both at The Home Depot). I have been painting early every morning while our baby is sleeping, and again while he naps in the afternoon.
For our bridge, I wanted a slightly textured look, so I used the Multicolored Textured paint in the cream color. For the rest of the items, I found that I liked the Ultra Cover Paint + Primer in Heirloom White the best. The add-on handle really helped cut down on my arthritis pain from when I broke my fingers and wrist (relying on a bicycle as your method of transportation in Los Angeles is dangerous business).
I tried some other paints first and the whites were too cold and didn’t provide enough coverage. I absolutely love the warm, creamy tone of the Heirloom White. I am hoping to finish up painting today so my husband can start trenching the irrigation lines tomorrow morning! 🙂