Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Done !

First many thanks to a very talented dear friend Patti  who created my new header.

Just mentioned I'd like to have a new fun header and she DID it ! It's awesome.

Wonder why the garden gnomes look familiar to me :)



Before the work started.

You're right , it's been neglected. Some plants had to be removed due to my bad habit of over crowding.

                                                                    And so it begins.                                                              

Some pruning has already started here plus a crazy idea of how to use the old and new blocks to raise the border.

Some of this pile is from the driveway area. Hoping never to use a chainsaw in the front again.



                                                                       Much better.

Invasive Ivy mostly pulled out or buried with some spring bulbs under thick plastic. Also removal and relocation of  fast and large growing plants had to go. The white cement block on the lawn side will be hidden when temps are cool enough to lay down sod.


                                                    This is one of my odd projects


                                                          Can you see what I'm doing ?

Beds are covered with 6mm plastic to stop those weeds. But I'd like some annuals for color every summer, so containing them is my answer. Think more mulch is needed.


                             Looking much better and should have few (if any) weeds.

What remains in the large bed are first the shrubs/trees. Nellie Stevens Holly, Schipkaensis Laurel, Crape Myrtle (Whit III Rhapsody in Pink), Wax Privets and a Barberry shrub.

Now learning to do less are the plants which have been dug up divided and moved. Montauk Daises, Autumn Joy Sedum,Golden Variegated Sweet Flag Grass plus unknown Hosta.

        This is not the time of year to be doing any transplanting BUT it's now or never.

                 Think it's pretty much care-free now. Well, will have to do some yearly pruning.

Had to put some color in the mostly sunken new planters. So did pick up a few mums plus moved from the backyard Begonias and a Geranium.




                                            Can't forget my babies.  It's bath time !


The season for Heirloom tomatoes is now over. But thanks to hubby we still have lots to enjoy.  Can't stop eating them !                          



  1. Love your buried planters! I never would have thought of wrapping them in plastic. Does that prevent weeds in box?

    1. Of course not. Just a more controlled area.

  2. Wow, what a great makeover of your front bed! I need to learn a lesson from how good it looks and get rid of some of my own crowded plants to let others shine. Cute babies!

  3. home grown tomatoes are delicious. :) Your garden looks fine :)

  4. I've never been very good at leaving room for annuals, so perhaps you've come up with a good solution. I've been thinking about adding an annual border area, but the trick will be to keep from planting perennials there instead. I always try to sneak just a few more plants!

  5. That's quite an ambitious project. I have a few neglected beds to get at as well, but waiting for the much cooler weather for that.
    Aren't those tomatoes beautiful! Nothing beats fresh from the garden!

  6. Thanks for stopping by. I can see you like to have fun too. Great work on your front beds.

  7. That's what I call gardening smarter, Patsi. Enjoy your new carefree space. P. x

  8. what fun to have a fresh new space to play with!

  9. I love your new header! Pruning is my favorite garden chore. A day spent pruning improves the look of my garden and gives me tremendous satisfaction. I confess, I love to prune, but I hate hauling the cuttings! So that job goes to my dear hubby, and he does not complain.

  10. Hi Patsi, the pruned shrubs look so much better and underplanting them with smaller flowering plants really enhances the borders. Nice house, by the way!
    Love seeing your dogs standing in front of the screen door and watching what you are doing! They look so cute as they are getting a bath.
    Wow, your tomatoes look fabulous! They must be a feast to eat.
    Warm regards,

  11. First I have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new header! So clever and well done!!! It's really cool. Your make over looks fantastic! Of course you could do as I did and move to the mountains so you don't have ANY yard work! hahahahaha. We're hoping to have gardening to do next year. Your pups are adorable.

  12. Oh, and I forgot to comment on your tomatoes. Probably because I'm SO JEALOUS!!! Really, really, missing fresh home grown tomatoes on my pizza right now!

  13. Wow! A job well done. Pat on the back and ... Happy 1st day of Autumn! :)


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