The weather is absolutely beautiful here today. Sunny and breezy, with temperatures in the mid 70s. Best of all—no rain. I was actually able to get outside and do some much needed weeding and trimming. While I was out, I snapped some pictures to give you, my blog friends, a little tour!
This is our driveway. In 2006, we tore out the huge, ugly, overgrown arbor vidaes that had completely taken over the east side of our lawn, and put down a lot of grass seed, which has filled in beautifully. My husband put in this fence, and I planted yuccas, mums, and miscellaneous bulbs along the driveway side. I didn’t have to buy anything–I just divided and transplanted plants that were already here:
This mulberry tree was just a sapling, which had started independently in the huge mass of arbor vidaes. We were careful to not disturb it when we tore them out, and it has flourished. It has berries this year, for the first time:
Here’s our front porch. When we bought the house, the porch had no railing, and there was only a scraggly, overgrown rose bush, and the aforementioned hostas. We put in the flower bed, and I pruned the rose bush back. I’m trying to encourage it to climb the trellis, to hide the extremely ugly electrical box. We installed the porch railing, and powerwashed the stone front, to make the front porch more welcoming: