7 Months in the Making

It's taken 7 long months to complete the simplest of tasks. 

Moving the trampoline to the corner of the yard. I know, it sound silly. But it's the truth and it's made all the difference in our backyard makeover. 
See it way back there? 
Yup, we've wanted it back there from the beginning, but the yard was a mess when we moved in. The back half was a "natural" area, which we've since torn out, regraded and seeded.
{ Read more about that here.}
 This weekend, the new grass had it's inaugural mow, which meant the trampoline could officially be moved into its new home - just a short 7 months post move in date. 

Phew, what an accomplishment. I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but sometimes it's the smallest changes that make the biggest difference. So much so, that I had to take a moment of rest on the new patio in the back corner of the kitchen garden and enjoy the view {first picture}.

Speaking of the garden, we managed to get the wall planter hung, the rosemary planted, as well as the last of the plants (for now). There's always room for more!

John's new pole saw was put to the test, again, with more aggressive tree trimming. This time our front yard cherry tree fell victim. More on that later :)
Yup, it was another beautiful weekend in the garden. A girl could really get used to this. 

Hope you had a lovely weekend, too.

until next time, 

Progress Report: Kitchen Garden Plantings

Last I left you, I had laid out quite the plan for said kitchen garden. Would you be disappointed to know that I hadn't been entirely truthful? Yup, they weren't just plans. They were plans in action. 

We've been tree trimming (hello light!) and hedge planting. 

Neighbors recommended we check out Grower's Outlet in Pineville, NC for the 20+ shrubs we needed to create the border hedge. A family excursion on Easter Sunday did not disappoint. The selection and pricing were out of this world. It's like Big Lots for plants. If you are local, looking to buy in bulk, definitely check it out.

We opted to go with compacta hollies because we were told that sometimes boxwood have trouble with the heat of the South. The look is surprisingly similar, so here's hoping for the best!

Beyond the hedge, we also managed to add a couple of decorative elements to the garden. The girls and I planted our 3 tier planter with 3 colors of inpatients. It will add a nice pop of color in the shade beneath the fig tree. 
(Eloise declared herself the dirt girl, while Tessa handled the watering - anyone who knows these girls should not be surprised by this!) 

The wall planter is also ready to be hung. I may move fast, but I'm not a miracle worker. Drilling into brick will have to wait for John. 
 The rosemary plants have found a new home, now we are debating planting them instead of potting them. Thoughts? If we plant them, we won't carry the hedge along the brick wall. 

As in years past, we picked up our plants and seeds at Home Depot. If I was buying in bulk, growers outlet had a great selection. A couple of weeks ago, we planted some of our cooler weather seeds like lettuce, kale, spinach and peas, which are already starting to sprout up.

Tomato supports are assembled and ready to go. Remember these from my Lowe's post. So cute and reasonable. Thinking I might have to grab one more for our cucumbers.

Speaking of veggies, check out our little pea shoots. And Tessa's handwritten sign. My MIL gave me the zinc plant markers for my birthday and I love them. In fact, I just ordered more. 

We are loving how the garden is taking shape. Still want to move the table, find a suitable urn for the center circle of the garden, add more flowering plants and decide on the back hedge. Loads of work on the horizon. Exciting!

until next time, 

Progress Report: Backyard

When it comes to outside space, the kitchen garden isn't the only area we are working on. We're also tackling the backyard. Remember the ideas we outlined here? Well, work is officially underway.

Thanks to this guy that came to play.
After a lot of research and time spent on Angie's List, we settled on this company. Other than some scheduling issues mostly due to this crazy winter, we can't complain. Down to earth, affordable, helpful, and very fast working.

Our yard has gone from this…
(Which actually looks pretty nice, but didn't utilize all the available space. In a smallish yard, too much was dedicated to "natural space". Not to mention the swamp that occurred every time it rained.)

To this.
No more small grass patch surrounded by "natural space". AKA monkey grass, old compost pile, salt lick, scraggly old bushes, roots, weeds and other potential snake hangouts. 

A freshly seeded blank slate. 
Sometimes starting over is the best decision.

until next time, 

Progress Report: Kitchen Garden

Behold the future site of our Charlotte Kitchen Garden. 
Doesn't look like much in this picture, but there's actually quite a bit of work to do to get this space up and running in time to plant this season. 

Check out this image from last Summer.
It really shows what we have to work with.  
More like what's working against us. 

Day lilies. What a nightmare. Have you ever run up against these guys? They are near impossible to get rid of. Super resilient. 
An overgrown fig tree, leggy mystery shrubs, neighboring branches blocking the light. What a mess. 

Fortunately, with a couple of nice days over the last couple weekends and everyone pitching in, we were able to make a sizable dent in the prep progress. 
Out came bags and bags and bags of roots, weeds, and pine straw. Plus, all those mystery shrubs.

What would a garden clearing post be without an action shot, I ask you?
Yeah for clear, open space.

Notice that black rope in the foreground? 
Yup, we are playing around with the layout of the garden. Practically doubling the size. (One) to take advantage of better light, but also (two) to make sure there is enough space to add decorative features to the garden. 

Just like our inspiration image, we want to incorporate crushed stone paths, flanked with brick, perhaps some trellis, a bird bath or other lawn art. You know, make it a real focal point to the yard. 

Can't you just see it now?

until next time, 

Going Bold

I am so excited to share our new foyer paper with you today. 

You may remember that I blogged (here) about this paper way back when (July), before we even moved into this house. Truth is, I loved it back then. I was set on saving my pennies, biding my time and making it happen, eventually. Wallpaper isn't a small commitment after all.
Some where along the line, I chickened out. We primed the foyer in anticipation of painting. Then I changed my mind again.
I wanted it.

Looking at these images and living with the paper for about a week now, I am so glad we did it! 
It's bold. Really bold. 
It's changed the whole look of our home and raised the ante for the rest of our space. 
So, what's the moral here: listen to your gut, be bold in your decisions, take your time, and invest in what you truly love.

As much as we love it, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. We are two rolls short, the color run is sold out and the new run is on backorder. We have an unfinished wall crying out for more paper. I've learned some lessons along the way, which I'll be covering in more detail over the next couple of weeks.
But, what we do have, we love. Hope you do, too.

until next time,