Here are some "Before" photos for comparison. But when you get to the "Afters", bear in mind that the plantings are small--mostly made up of starts from our last place and cast-offs from the clearance shelf at Lowe's--and the dirt removed from the walk way and the various beds has been strewn over the grass. The grass will grow through, but right now it's a mud fight waiting to happen.
So here goes. :~)
These first six are Before--the very first one being the Listing Photo from MLS. Tidy enough, but you can't see the house for all those overgrown shrubs, and there's nothing but drought-damaged lawn anywhere else.
If you click on the photos, they enlarge for better viewing.
|I killed the grass in places where I wanted to start. Also started taking down shrubs.|
|We live at a 4-way stop...people feel compelled to roll down their windows and shout encouragement! And three or four men have actually stopped to ask me what I used to kill the grass. Must be a guy thing.|
|I'd started an iris bed, but it got...bigger. Wee Schultzie out there, guarding.|
|Our back yard is very exposed, so we decided to grow a "green" privacy fence. Some was fast, in the form of morning glory vines and sunflowers. The rest will be slow--climbing roses, pyracanthas, and other perennials.|
|Our messy back porch. Plants in pots, mulch, pavers, and general chaos. The chaos is a permanent feature.|
And now, the afters. I didn't get quite the same angles, but I tried to capture the main idea of what all has been done.
|And the rock is in. I colored outside the lines a little, and will have to tidy up, but we're glad to have THAT done. Serious work for 100 degree days.|
|You can see the house! The large shrubs on the end of the house will come down this fall...can't even tell there's a window behind them, can you? Cardinals nesting there right now though, and they don't like me trimming.|
|It's hard to be patient, waiting for those tiny plants to do their thing.|
|Double swirlies on the rock curb...a Texas Mountain Laurel on the far end (small tree, will get 15 to 20 feet), and a Texas Sage on this one (6 ft shrub with lovely purple blooms).|
|You can see my neighbors fine green lawn past our yard...glad they're so patient.|
|A baby Texas Redbud, and a rose, there on the right. I'm trying to use as much drought tolerant material as I can, given that the climate here seems to be trending toward dryer...and this is not likely to change.|
|This corner bed was the first to get planted. So many people have stopped to ask me about it.|
|The back (side?) fence. Got the first morning glory yesterday, and the sunflowers have fat flower buds. The tiny pyracantha bushes will get 8 ft tall, but they've clearly got a long way to go!|
|The iris beds, view from our front door. Who left that hose there???|
|The porch, with cannas in bloom. They are thirsty, but we must have cannas...it's our wedding flower, and I've dragged these plants around for 16 moves in almost 20 years!|
|The giant pile of mulch to the left is the third we've put there. And we'll likely need another couple this fall.|
|Roses! This one is called "Double Take" because the inside of the petals are white. It seems happy to be here.|
I've really enjoyed the work, but now it's time to come inside and make dolls. :~)