Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Flashback Week: great outdoors

Before winter officially hits, let's take a break from the inside, and take a trip outdoors.  Here is our house when we moved in.  It was a nice reddish-brown color (ugh!) and had a few too many invasive juniper bushes creeping halfway across the lawn almost to the street!
Though it doesn't look like we've done much, the house has been painted (though we still haven't landed on a shutter color that we love).  I mildly white-washed the bricks.  Removed the juniper (maybe the hardest thing I've ever done) and replaced with hydrangea and hosta and tackled the post/storm door.
Here's another view, in case you couldn't appreciate what a difference changing out the ugly wrought iron post made.

Moving along to the backyard. Much like we feel when we are trying to decide what to do next in this area of our house, I don't know where to begin.  Marche, who lived here for the 60 something years before we had a green thumb and a taste for rare self spreading flower varieties.  She volunteered at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and had plenty of species that are not very common in today's flower markets.  

But for a young, busy family like ours, we do not have time to care for a garden of the magnitude that Marche maintained.  This is the view from the corner of our yard looking across (with the house in the very left of your sightline).  Notice there are two back-to-back gardens on your left and one on your right.

Here is the view now, looking from the corner of the house, across the yard.  We have taken out two entire full-yard sized gardens and put in a patio.
This is the opposite across yard view...looking at the garage in the background.
And here's the view from Marche's yard in the very back, looking at the back of the house.

And today....

While we feel every year that we take out so much greenery (mostly weeds that are out of control), we still have a long way to go and a lot of weeding to do.  If weeding is your thing, come on over...you are welcome anytime!


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