Category Archives: front yard

Landscaping the Front

Okay so this is my neighbor’s yard (the landscape architect) where Clemmie is happily trolling around.   I hope someday our yard will look as good as his!   We have been hard at work this week trying to shape up our front yard and plant everything from the plan.  Here it is again…

My mom is in town so she has been helping me finish up the front garden bed, along with other projects.  Yesterday we spent many hours planting, moving rocks, and just generally organizing the front bed.  Thank you, Mom!!  I think it’s looking pretty good, and now I just hope I can keep things alive in this brutal heat!

Here are a couple pictures from the start of the project., before my mom came into town.

The large concrete rock that I pulled out of the bed.  Where do these things come from?!?

Today we finished up the last of the planting, and it looks great!  One of my neighbors offered their leftover landscaping stones so we removed the ones that I had put in and replaced them with nice stones that are cut in a rectangle shape.

I think the landscaping is pretty much complete, except for a few perennials that are no longer available and the annuals that I will add after the roof is complete.  I think they’re a little too delicate to have wood and shingles thrown onto them.

Here are some photos of the finished look.  (and of Kitty and Clemmie, our two sidekicks)

Our new tree, a Shumard Oak.

Now we can sit back and enjoy all the beautiful colors and textures!   The crepe myrtle should bloom within the next couple of weeks so that will give it a nice pop of bright red.  Hope you all have a great weekend!  :)



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Landscape Design

We finally have a plan for the garden in the front yard!!  I have been debating what to put into our new bed, but I really wasn’t sure how to put it all together.  I love to buy plants, and sometimes I can get a little carried away buying random ones at the garden center when they are blooming and beautiful.  Our wonderful neighbor is a landscape architect, and I was really happy when he offered to put together a professional plan that maps everything out for me- including what to buy and exactly where to put it.  I am feeling relieved that I don’t have to wonder if I’m picking the right things for Oklahoma City and for the amount of sun/shade on that side of the house.  Our neighbor’s yard looks fabulous all year, and he tries to only use plants that thrive in the OKC climate.  In other words, you don’t have to work 24 hours a day to keep them alive, which is great news for me since I am more of the lazy gardener type.

So here is the plan from far away:

I love the way it represents the plants and puts the colors in to match the blooms.  I wish I had a program like this!   He did such a great job!

Just in case you’re curious, here are some of the plants that are included in the plan.  I’ll put photos in of the highlights of the plan…

Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle on the left corner

Different types of Nandina surround the foundation.

Lots of Daylilies (the type is called Stella de Oro)

Four Hostas – Patriot is the type.  I love these plants because they get such pretty patterns on the leaves, and they like shade which we have an abundance of at our house.

We’re looking forward to planting after I get rid of all the weeds that have crept in the last couple of weeks.  They take over so quickly!  I’m hoping to stagger the planting since it will benefit my back and my wallet, but when it’s all in place, I’ll post the final look.  Until then, check back for updates about the kitchen and office renovations….

xo  anne


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Weekend Projects

We have been busy this weekend trying to tie up lots of loose ends around the house!  It seems like there are so many different things going on at once, and I’m hoping we can get some of them done and move on.  I think the number one priority was to eliminate the dirt pile, but that seems to be impossible.  We still have quite a bit left, and I may have to resort to a “FREE dirt” sign in the yard.  There are ominous rain clouds in the sky right now so the we may not have much of a pile after tonight.

Here it is staring at us through the bedroom window.

We made some progress on the front bed, and I’m hoping to get some advice about what to plant from our neighbor who is a landscape architect.   His yard looks great, and he has a really nice mix of different plants rather than just the usual evergreens.

Here are some photos of the progression.

Here is the final bed- oh, and did you notice the last remaining shutters that were clinging to the house hoping to survive a couple more months are now gone!  and so are the spider colonies that were behind them.  Someone stopped me one day and asked me (very seriously) if we thought it would be the new trend to have just one shutter on each window.   I didn’t want to give anyone the wrong idea so they are now gone.

It’s hard to see it in the pictures, but we finally have one lone peony open!!  I’m hoping to have a bouquet in the kitchen later this week. :)

The other thing we’re working on is getting the floors prepped for the refinishing.  We’re hoping to take out the floor furnace in the living room before refinishing the rest of the wood next week.

Here is the ugly furnace I hope to not see for much longer.

We are going to have to pull out the actual furnace part that’s underneath the grate so Jimmee had to crawl under the house and disconnect the gas and the other pipes.  Here he is emerging from the crawl space.

I was really happy, in fact elated, that I was not designated to go under the house and search for these things with the roaches and spiders.  I’ve seen my share of those things lately, and frankly I’ve had enough of them for a long time.  Jimmee did a good job, and he made it out safe and sound  and had very little anxiety about the whole thing.  Now hopefully we can get the wood replaced and get on with the refinishing!!

That pretty much sums up the weekend for us…  Jimmee is off to Arkansas now, and I’m going to attempt to study for my last final.

To all the mothers, especially my mom and Jody, I want to wish you a HAPPY mother’s day!!!   I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing day!


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Onto the Front Yard

At this point, the backyard is looking pretty good, despite the fact that there is no grass.  I planted grass seed and put a layer of dirt over the top of the seed (since we have quite the surplus!), and now I’m just waiting to see some sprouts.  You have to keep the seed really moist while it germinates so I’m doing lots of watering and trying to keep the animals out of that area so the seed stays where it’s supposed to.

I thought it would be a good idea to get started on the front yard while I was in the yard work mode.  Gotta keep that momentum going!  I found more of the stone buried in the backyard- there is no end to this stuff- so I decided to use that in the front yard too.  It kind of matches the stone of the house so I thought it might work out.

Here is a pic of the front garden area prior to tearing anything up.

Here is a close-up of the part that I want to tear out- the multi-colored, bulkhead-like border to the garden.  I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but I think it’s because it looks so stiff and also because the colors don’t go with the house or the plants.

I really wish she hadn’t anchored these things in concrete, but I was able to get them out anyway.  I think it already looks better at this point, and you can see the peonies!  One of them opened up this morning so I think more will follow when the sun comes out.

And the start of the new bed…

This is as far as I got yesterday, and today or tomorrow I’m going to enlist Jimmee to help me get the rest of the dirt moved.  I don’t think I can move another load at this point.  I look at the pile, and sometimes I envision myself with a cane and white hair still moving loads of dirt.  I think I had a dream about that last night, and I woke up sweating and nervous.  That pile just looms right outside of the bedroom window.

I’m excited to do some more plant shopping next week, and this time I will have more options because the front gets a lot more sun.  It seems like there are so many more options for full/partial sun beds than for shade, but I still love those shade plants.

Okay, well I’ll leave you with a picture from our neighbor’s yard.  Their clematis is blooming, and it looks so pretty!


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