We’ve been working on some outdoor projects and as I was snapping a picture yesterday I realized, some of you have never seen the outside of my house. (Unless you’re secretly stalking me and driving by while I’ve got my butt up in the air planting flowers.) Then I thought, what fun is looking at “afters” if you never got to see the “befores”? So here, for your viewing pleasure, are some pics of my front yard through the years.
Here’s how the front of the house looked when we moved in. The woman we bought it from must have been worried about people peeking in her windows because she had almost every one of them blocked by some kind of tree or shrub.
One month later: oh, there is a house hiding back there. If you look close you can see the tree trunks we hadn’t removed yet.
This is the only pic I could find from 2007. It doesn’t show much but you can see we cleaned things out a little more and filled in with some annuals that year.
In 2008 we removed the circle of shrubs blocking the front steps/window (you can see it in the 2nd pic), reshaped the flower bed, and filled in with grass where we needed. We were left with this clean, blank slate. Ahhhh.
Then we started filling in with some shrubs.
About this time all hell broke loose in the back yard, specifically on our back screened porch. We had to replace the roof. And the floor. And the ceiling. And the deck. (You’ll being seeing pics of all that soon.) So the front yard was put on hold for a while. A long while. Four years to be exact. Last year we finally started working on it again.
This view is looking out from the front door, toward the street. See that big circle of sh!t around the trees? It’s 30% beautiful ground cover and 70% nasty thistle weed. It’s driven me crazy since the day we moved in.
One day I kinda lost it (noticing a pattern?). All that crap had to go. First I hit it with the mower – very therapeutic.
Then it was time to get down in the dirt and start digging, and pulling, and yanking that crap out. We mulched it with leaves for the winter and this spring . . . ta-da!
There’s still some thistle coming up. That stuff is like cockroaches. It could survive a nuclear war. After I conquer it, which I will, the plan is to plant grass and pretend that circle was never there.
And finally, current photos of the house and flower bed. It’s funny to scroll up and see how much that little burning bush has grown. And the crab apple tree really needs a prune job.
Some of you may have noticed the front door went from brown to red. I don’t remember when I painted it but it’s one of my favorite things ever. I’ve always wanted a red door and this house was screaming for it.
So now you’re up to date which means I can start sharing the new stuff we’re working on. Can’t wait!
Do you look back at old pics of your house and see something you forgot? Or something you wish you could forget?