Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Adventures In Gardening: The Beginning

Something super exciting and terrifying for me with owning our own home is having an outdoor area to decorate and maintain.

Now, I have a lot of ideas and a ton of decisions to make as far as our landscaping in both our front and backyard. Since spring is about to finally roll around, the weather is finally not frigid, and it actually is light out when I get home from work at night I've decided to start taking a look at our front gardens.

When I walked outside last week here is what I saw:

Last fall I trimmed nothing down, I just let everything sit the way it was throughout the winter. I really have no clue what is going to pop up in this garden since we are just passing the 6 month mark of owning this home (TOMORROW!). I only had a few minutes since Sophie was barking at the front door but I ran outside with my new clippers and gardening gloves and got to work.

All I wanted to do was trim down all the stems and get some of the junk out of there. There were a ton of dead leaves and remnants from whatever grew there last year. I figured that by cleaning it up a little bit I would have more of a clean slate when I finally make a decision on what to do out here.

There is still a lot of junk that needs to be pulled out but I ran out of time.

Like I said, I don't know what everything is but I do not that nothing survived the winter. I want to make sure when I do plant new things in the front gardens we have at least something that will last and show some interest in the winter.

My first thoughts are boxwoods or some sort of dwarf pine but I am open to suggestions if anyone has ideas! I also would like to plant a few other things our here because I wasn't a huge fan of what I saw here in the fall.

There is some sort of plant coming up under the leaves! I will have to get back outside soon and clean this up a bit more. This also reminds me that I need to buy a wheelbarrow and a rake....home costs never end!

Also we have some crocuses poking out near the stairs! I do think these will be pretty so I am planning on leaving them for now.

If you are curious what the garden looked like in the fall when we moved in here are a couple of pictures...

I did download an app last year so I could identify what everything was, but honestly I didn't recognize a lot of it. I am definitely going to add some plants in here and freshen it up a bit and I'll take you guys along for the journey with me! 

Also please send me any and all of your gardening expertise because I am in way over my head here!

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