Spring fever

Spring (well, maybe summer actually) is officially here in the south- this weekend I’m pretty certain we had record breaking temperatures (think mid 80’s).  I’m a little sentimental for spring- I love how all the trees fill up with leaves, the birds are singing away in the mornings, and there are flowers everywhere.  Also, we bought our house 3/31/10- so this weekend marked 2 years in our little house!!

We’ve been slowly picking away at our backyard- last time I showed it to you, it looked like this:

Since then, we’ve added a flower bed where the trellis is (in the lower left corner of the photo above), planted a bunch of plants, mulched and added some fencing (because Kirby, our youngest dog, cannot stop chewing on my plants- seriously I cannot have anything un-fenced in the backyard thanks to him).

Here’s what things look like to date:

 First- here’s the yard taken from almost the same spot as before- look how green it is!!  And look at all that grass- we haven’t seeded the yard or anything.  I think the gravel really helped with the erosion that was occurring in our yard, caused by a slight hill, a gutter and the torrential rain that we get around here.  Also keeping the leaves picked up has really helped as well.

 Here’s the flowerbed with the trellises- there are 4 blueberry plants in there along with 6 strawberry plants- I can’t wait for all the fresh fruit we’re going to get from them!!

 This is the flowerbed on the other side of the deck, which currently has 2 rosemary, 2 lavender and another plant that I’m forgetting the name of.  I also planted some corn and beans in there, just to try something different- we’ll see what happens.

And a couple of shots from above, just for fun:

Did you get out in the yard over the weekend?

Thrifty Decor Chick

You’ve got mail (aka How does your garden grow part 3- final installment)

Happy Monday- seriously, I can’t believe how quickly that weekend went!!  If only the week would go as quickly!!

I’m going to show you the last big outdoor project we’ve done this year- oh man I love doing outdoor projects, I just wish they weren’t so expensive!!  We have so many more projects we want to get done, but require both time and money- we have to pick away at them slowly.

This project was actually one of the first outdoor projects we tackled this year- our mailbox!!  Believe it or not, my husband actually suggested this project- probably because it’s the first thing you see when you drive up to our house, and every day we lived in fear that one day it was just going to fall over when we opened the box to check the mail. 

So we dug the post out of the ground- lo and behold, it wasn’t even cemented in!  And it was rotting.  Ick.

Yuck.  Dirty and rotten.

So off we went to Lowes** to buy a new mailbox post.  We ended up getting pretty much what we already had, for around $25.  We also grabbed a new mounting board, as the one that was on our post was pretty sad.  Then my husband coated the post and mounting board in several coats of Kilz latex primer– we wanted to make sure it would stay white and not mildew.  A bag of cement and new house numbers (not shown- privacy folks!) completed the job:

Oooh la la- so clean!

But wait- why stop at just a new mailbox post?  Why not dress it up a bit!  This was again my husband’s suggestion (trust me, I’m still in shock).  So we decided to get some large wall stones (I actually don’t really know what these are called, I call them pavers but I know that’s not their purpose- anyone?) and make a flower bed.  40 stones, 2 bags of mulch, 2 lights and 7 plants later, we had this:

March 2011

Let me tell you, this makes mowing SO much easier!!  Plus, we don’t have to worry about the mower/weed eater chopping up the mailbox post- this flowerbed makes a nice little buffer. 

How’s it looking 6 months later?

September 2011

Wow- what a difference some warm weather makes!  Everything has gone bananas.  I’ve got a purple vining flower on either side of the post that has just taken over.  The rosemary has tripled in size (directly behind the mailbox if you’re standing in front of the box).  I had to remove a couple of plants that didn’t like it there, and replaced them with some pink lantana (oh darn- more of the pretty plant I can’t get enough of!)  Everything we chose for this flower bed is drought tolerant (it’s too far away from the hose, so I wander up there every couple of days with a watering can) and deer resistant (as long as there is food elsewhere for them to eat- so far they’ve left everything alone- I think the rosemary helps, because they don’t like strong smelling plants). 

Well, there you have it!  That’s all the outdoor projects I’ve got up my blogger-sleeve.  There will be more one day, I promise.  Have a great week everyone!!

**Disclosure:  I was not paid or compensated by this company in any way for this post.