My current feeling is the decision is only temporary. I’ll eventually be searching for low maintenance options to help soften the corners a little. Right now I’m enjoying the wide open spaces, giving me more time to rework the front yard flower beds instead.
You heard that right… I am not removing anything in the front, but rather, enhancing!
So my dear garden lovers, no need to give up on me quite yet! 🙂
Welcome to my spring loaded front yard! This little garden corner resides along the driveway right before you reach the front door.
And do I ever love the burst of happy colour this time of year… for free!
Since I had just finished weeding the flowerbeds (go me!), I felt you’d appreciate a little tour before all that glorious colour disappears. And hear about some changes I’d like to make as well.
During spring, the little white flowers called snowdrops sprout up all over the place. They are a bulb planted flower that was already planted when I moved in, and have continued to multiply. I love that they take over since nothing else is going on at the time.
Once they are finished blooming, I have a fair bit of green leaves to pull. However it’s well worth it.
As for the pink tree, I am not certain of the name. The closest thing I could find online was called a Redbud Tree. Anyone know for sure?
The tulip crate flowerbed was a new addition added last spring. It creates an interesting focal point that is pretty easy to maintain due to the smaller scale.
I’m allowing it to currently go a little crazy with snowdrops until they’re a done deal.
Then I think I’ll put the moss covered branch back, and perhaps add some rock garden plants that don’t require a lot of fuss.
This branch is hilarious. The moss turns brown in the fall-winter, then starts to get vivid green again in the spring and throughout summer.
It was a fluky thing. Just a branch I found somewhere that eventually grew moss on it due to being in the shade.
Isn’t that crazy?
If you’re a long time reader, you’ll remember Teddy with her ‘drinking stump’.
Awww… hi Teddy! I love that my furry kids get to hang out in my blog posts forever…
Fun fact: Teddy’s gorgeous dark chocolate colour was the inspiration for the trim colour on my house.
Speaking of trim… the front door still wears this gorgeous shade of Bayberry. It works so well for spring, however I’m debating on trying a new tone because it’s just that easy to swap out the colours! Give me about an hour and I’ll be done. NO idea what it may be yet… but you’ll be the 2nd to know once I do.
Here is the front door when I first painted it Homestead Blue.
But there’s one more unexpected feature in the flower bed that I wanted to share…
This squiggly bush had super squiggly branches and wonderfully unique leaves… when it was alive.
A local disease hit our nearby chestnut farm, spreading the effect to some varieties of trees and shrubs. This guy was hit hard.
However rather than pull it out, the branches add a wonderful, natural touch and a cool way to bring some elevation into the garden! So it’s a woodsy wonder that’s there to stay. My neighbour Janette placed a bird bath on hers!
I decided to google the name to see if I could figure out the name… it may be called a Harry Lauders Walking Stick according to that website.
HERE is a post on how I made a toolbox handle with one if its branches.
So quirky! Glad I still get to enjoy it to some extent.
And Teddy… melt.
I am also already on Pruning Walter’s list for him to re-edge the flower beds, enlarge a few and to add new topsoil.
Remember my little reclaimed wood walkway?
One of the most asked questions I get is, is it rotten yet?
It took 5 years however I’ll be replacing it this year once the new soil arrives. Not sure what I’ll use yet but you can be sure I’ll be on the hunt for something cool and easy to implement.
I’m also on a gardener’s list for getting the lawns thatched which will make mowing a lot easier. The moss is pretty thick this time of year and needs dealing with. I’m going to attempt to get the lawn back to the land of the living after ignoring it for a few years. We’ll see how that all goes.
So… lots more fun to come!
Anyway, it’s always such a pleasant surprise to see what spring brings on auto pilot. More time to bike ride I say….
What’s currently blooming in your yard? Planning any changes as well?