My house is a charmer. Always has been. See?
But a masterpiece can always be improved upon, right? 😉 Let’s take a look at all the changes that have taken place:
- Removed the old YAWNing and put up shutters
- Painted the front door
- Moved all those rocks and used them to make a pathway in the ripped parking strip
- Tore off and replaced the leaky old roof
- Moved some of the rose bushes to the back yard
- Ripped out that granny shrub/tree thing with my brother’s big ol’ paint van. The pictures of that are on my mom’s camera, and as she’s still trying to figure out how to check her email, I don’t think I’ll get my hands on them for a while.
- Planted a buttload of free starts and removed the walkway that consisted of indoor tiles set on dirt
- Planted some Japanese maples and some other leafy shrubs
- Dug up quite a bit of grass to make a bigger front flower bed
- Built a new flagstone walkway to the driveway (that post is coming soon!)
- I’m probably forgetting something
Let’s see what it looks like now!
The shrubs and trees are a little less than impressive at the moment, but that’s just because I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money. I’m not in any huge hurry to have the best yard on the block, and besides, it’s kind of fun to watch all the stuff grow.
I would love to plant some more perennials in front of the shrubs, and paint the white triangle parts of the house (I never know what to call that part). A cool metal sun or some other eye-catching decoration would probably serve me well, and maybe painting those ’50s metal curlicues too. Or planting some Virginia Creeper so it would crawl up them.
I’ve pretty much had my fill of digging, path-laying, and planting big things for this year, but I am very open to suggestions for improving the look that don’t take too much time/money.