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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Landscaping Project : DONE!

Ok....so here it is......some AFTER pictures of our landscaping project, now that it is finally complete!

For those of you who have already been following this project, keep scrolling down and enjoy.....if you want to "refresh" your  memory of what the yard looked like BEFORE and DURING...click HERE and HERE!

Front yard, with new walkway and steps.
Doesn't it just look lovely!??!!

Now when I stand on my front porch, this is what I see when I look at the street!!
 The two trees are actually Dwarf Korean Lilacs on a Standard, which is a fancy way of saying that it is a shrub that has been grafted onto a standard, so it grows in tree-form, rather than like a regular bush, and is considered a dwarf ornamental tree.

All new planting beds in front are the brown mulched areas. The areas with the straw matting is where new grass was planted (which I have to water now every single day! Exhausting!) On the corner is another new tree; this one is a Silver Ball Pear tree. It has pretty silvery leaves and will have flowers in spring.

Another view of the front yard.

Jutting off the side of our house in front is the alcove in front of which I had planted a beautiful Snowball viburnum. The landscapers tamed this unruly shrub and gave it a nice shape for me. The planting bed now extends around the side of the house and in front of the snowball bush, and includes another new tree, a Firebird crabapple. It will have flowers in spring and fruit in fall.

Another view of the alcove and planting bed. The orange daylilies were moved from the corner of the yard into this planting bed.

Here is a good view of the side yard, which also shows the new retaining wall nicely.

The side yard also has a tree; this is another Silver Ball Pear.

The back steps and walkway.

This is our back yard and another good view of the retaining wall. We only had them do the new planting beds and trees in the front yard, from the design plan, because we can't afford to do the back yard plan yet, but they did have to plant new grass in the areas that were tore up when  removing the old wall and the chain-link fence. We are planning on replacing the fence, with a nice wood privacy fence, that will enclose the back yard. It will be almost in the same "footprint" as the old fence, with a few small changes. It will be set back from the wall about 4 feet, and it will enclose  a small area behind our garage which is part of our property but the previous owners didn't enclose with the old fence, for some reason. It's not a big area, but large enough for me to put a potting bench and a compost pile, and it will be behind the garage and not visible from the rest of the yard, so it will be nicely out of the way, but still enclosed with the rest of the yard.

Watering! My life is about coming home from work and watering!

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be posting updated pictures as the grass grows and as my flower gardens fill up! I have lots of space now for new plants! I can hardly wait!

I'll be joining these parties:
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at Happy To Design



suzyq said...

I can't tell you how much I love your house - just gorgeous - and the landscaping is perfect for that " period " type home!
Have a great wknd

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Katie: I found you on Show and Tell Friday and I love your home. I'm following you so I can find out more about it. Please come and visit me at the Cottage, which is also Victorian, but not nearly as grand and beautiful as yours. I will look forward to seeing you..Happy Friday..Judy

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Katie! Wow!! Your yard looks so good! I really like the stairs/sidewalk and wall. Did you move your beautiful tulips from along side the old sidewalk? Can't wait to see it with green grass! Congrats!

Bead and Needle said...

Hi, Katie...been on an extended vacation, and playing catch-up on my reading this morning. LOVE the new yard and wall! You guys have been SO busy - went down and read through the post on how the wall was made, too - way cool. It's BEAUTIFUL!!! You must be so happy - and glad to be dust free, finally! :-) Happy Summer - can't wait to see how the grass comes in. XOXO Tanya

Susie said...

I'm in love with your house! It's gorgeous. What a fun project. I look forward to watching the progress. Thanks for stopping by and following me I'm following back.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

It looks fantastic! I love your home and this has just added so much more charm to it!
Beautiful! I will be loking forward to more posts as your grass starts to fill in...


Katy said...

Your landscaping project had turned out to be amazing! Have the greens grown already? I can’t wait to see how the project looks now. Doing some landscaping can certainly add beauty to your house, and at the same time, it can be a good gardening hobby for you. I wish you good luck with all of it.

@Katy Eagles