Here We Go Again….

Okay, I will admit it. We are project crazy. We have problems bringing any project to completion because something else urgent always seems to come up. I know that’s typical with homeowners, but we take things to the extreme. 🙂 We finally got everything planted in our back garden, and then we had that awful heat wave. I had been talking about getting rid of all of the grass for a while, but the heat wave made our grass in the front yard look pretty awful. I refuse to drown the darn lawn in tons and tons of water since we are in such a bad drought. I had a plan in mind that was supposed to come later, but it ended up taking priority.

My husband blames one of our neighbors since he asked me when I was going to do the front yard like I did the back yard. I am a Craigslist junkie, and one day last week, I stumbled upon two separate SUV loads full of free landscape succulents. Since my garden design plans for the front included landscape succulents, drought tolerant native flowers, some paths between flower beds and dry river beds, I was pretty ecstatic. Suddenly the front yard makeover got bumped from “when we have a chance” to “NOW”.

When I started planning the back yard makeover, I sketched everything out on paper first, which got translated to a bunch of different versions drawn up to scale on the computer. That was a lot of work but we were trying to make sure we had room to put in all of the structural elements that we wanted. The front yard design was going to be much simpler, and hopefully faster, so I just sketched out the design I had in mind with landscape spray paint.

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Next, my husband rented a sod cutter, then shoveled out all of the grass. He loaded it up in the wheelbarrow, and it all got dumped down into our lower side lot for now. Some of that will be repurposed when we do his rustic man-cave garden down in that area (he wants a bunch of different levels and layers of plants and trees). Next, we started the frantic process of yet again trying to get all of the plants in the ground. I was hoping that we would get more done over the holiday weekend, but since I was fighting off a nasty sore throat and cough, we didn’t get as much planting finished as I had hoped. Hopefully it will all be in the ground shortly!

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Updated Tour Of Our Front Yard Garden

Someone recently wrote to me and asked to see a full tour of my garden, and I have been excited to post this for a while now.  A full tour of the edible garden can be seen here (although that tour is slightly outdated and needs an update soon!).  We have a lot of plans for some changes to the hardscape in our front garden, but I am happy with how it looks for now. 🙂

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Recycling & Re-Purposing In the Garden Part 1: Garden Decor

We love finding new uses for every day items around our house.  Lately, our recycle bin is the only one of our three trash cans that regularly gets filled up.  I have found new uses for everything that I used to throw in the green bin (full post coming soon!), and there is no need to throw away “trash” if you can find a new use for it!

All of the items pictured may have been otherwise seen as trash, but with a little inventiveness, it has all become part of our charming garden decor. 🙂  I hope this inspires you to think of some creative ways to repurpose some “trash”.  Part 2 coming soon!

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Succulent Diversification Project

Largely inspired by Catherine of Inspire Bohemia’s posts on how much she loves succulents, I decided to do a succulent diversification project recently. 🙂  I have been propagating the same few original succulent plants for a while now, and just having the same two varieties in my little patio containers was getting a little boring.  I picked up a few new ones, and added little bits to each container.  I am so much happier with the results!

I also came across these tealight chandeliers that we had at our wedding reception recently, and was determined to find an interesting use for them.  I planted tiny succulent cuttings in the candle holders of two of them and hung them in our patio pergola.  Hopefully when they grow a little bigger, they will be quite interesting looking!

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