I have some landscaping quirks that really make my husband shake his head. He says the quirks border on neurotic. Well, call me Neurotic Nelly because I ain't stoppin'. What kind of quirks, you may be asking?
For starters, I prefer to trim the grasses that grow near the garden edges with garden shears.
I can't believe it's August already. The summer is jetting by. It's not "flying by" as it would if you were on a passenger plane, but "jetting by" like we're on a Concord. Am I right?
Matt and I just got back from a 4-night mini-vacation to Cape Cod, and as soon as I find my real camera, I'll post some pictures here on the blog and show you what kept us busy in a place that I've been visiting my whole life.
If you've been following this blog since the fall, you may remember an enthusiastic post about curb appeal. You can read about it here, but I'll give you the Cliffs Notes if you're in a time crunch.
Back in October, I planted over 150 (Yes, you read that right - I'm crazy.) bulbs around the yard in anticipation for beautiful spring flowers. Many came up, but many did not. Specifically, I planted a bunch of bulbs around the mailbox to give the curb some color.
Nearly three weeks ago, I posted a series of (very amateur) photographic shots of some plants around the yard. We had so much rain in May that I titled the post, "May Showers Bring June Flowers," because "April Showers Bring May Flowers" didn't really fit. That was three weeks ago, so here we are now, with some new blooms that have popped up around the ol' school house.
Don't try fighting it. We're a few days into June, and Summer is nearly upon us. I have no idea where most of Spring went. Seriously, does anyone else feel like Spring had just sprung?
We had such a beautiful April and such a rainy May that it seems the title of this post is the slogan for this year.
Once June 21 hits, the days get shorter, and that thought gets me down, even though we'll still have three full months of summer to enjoy. At least I have a few more months of sunsets through my willows in the back yard.
One of the birthday presents I received from Matt was a tree. Yes, a tree. I asked for it because I wanted one, and really, what better gift is there for a nature lover (minus the bugs) than a living thing that enriches the soil and cleans the air? I'll tell you. There isn't a better gift out there. Period.
If you ask me, curb appeal is one of the most important aspects of a home and should never be overlooked. If you don't watch insane amounts of HGTV like we do, you may not know exactly what I mean by "curb appeal." Curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of a home's exterior. It can refer to landscaping, hardscaping, (stonework, driveways) porches, window boxes, shutters, seasonal decor, mailboxes, etc. Having this little ol' school house look good from the street matters a lot to me, and we have taken great strides each season to make it a bit better.