Someone suggested I create a “what I’ve done” list, what a great idea! So, I decided to put together a list to make myself feel better.
Here are the projects I've completed over the last two months, in order of completion (yah, I've been busy!)...
Bullet edgingThe black plastic edging in the back of the house was starting to heave out of the ground, and we kept chopping it up with the lawn mower. It looked terrible so we decided to pull it out and replace it with bullet edgers.
|Bullet edging in progress (I forgot to take a before picture)|
|Perennial relocation project - before picture of new garden|
|Perennial relocation project - after picture of new garden|
Join two garden areas into oneWhen we put up our fence a few years ago, it created a couple of areas that I call "dead corners" or "paths to nowhere". It's kinda depressing to have a path leading to a wall, so I decided to combine these two gardens into one. I used the grass area in between to move some of the overcrowded plants from other areas. I also started this new garden area last fall with the lasagna garden method.
|Two separate garden areas before|
|Two gardens combined into one (after)|
Perennial garden cleanup and steppersThis project went hand in hand with joining the two garden areas. Before we had the fence, I used to be able to walk around my gardens, which made maintenance easy. But I can't do that anymore, and now that the garden is much larger, I needed to add another path through it. I also had a bunch of plants that were over crowded and needed cleanup. Finally, we decided to add bullets to the entire front border of this garden rather than the black plastic edging that was there. It looks much nicer now!
|Perennial garden before cleanup|
|New path in perennial garden|
|Perennial garden after cleanup|
Area next to deck
|Before picture of area next to deck|
I don't have a good before picture of this area either, but picture it overgrown with ferns in the top half, and the rest of it empty (well, except for the weeds). Here's the after picture...
|Shady corner with tiered planter|
Zen garden and cement planterLast summer I decided to turn this overgrown ugly area into a succulent garden. I started out strong, then lost inspiration (and motivation) last fall. I knew I wanted something tall in the corner, but couldn't figure out what would work. Over the winter, I found inspiration again when I got the idea to build a cinder block planter in that corner and plant it with cascading succulents. Read more about my succulent zen garden project. I love how it turned out!
|Zen garden before (can you say ugly?)|
|Zen garden and cement planter completed (much better!)|
Back sitting area (future blog post)Here's another dead corner created when we installed the fence (I don't have a good before picture of this, but it's basically the whole corner behind the bench and arbor). This corner annoyed me all last summer, but I couldn't figure out what to do with it. I was thinking about putting in a sitting area, but decided to wait. This winter, I decided I was going to extend the existing path through the arbor into a new sitting area.
It's not quite done, I still have to get some furniture back there and a few other things. Stay tuned, I'll tell you all about it later this summer when it's done.
|Future back sitting area (behind bench)|
|Path through arbor with sitting area behind|
|New shady sitting area|
Rain GardenAnd last, but not least, the project of the summer... my rain garden. I wanted to get this done before the heat of summer so the plants wouldn't suffer too bad. I was a bit late since the heat kicked on early, but got it done. I'm working on a blog post, so I'm not going to spoil the surprise with finished pictures. You'll have to stay tuned to see the final pictures of my completed rain garden.
|Rain garden in progress|
Ahhhh... it really does feel good to look back at this list. Wow, I've gotten a LOT done so far this summer. Now I can relax a little.
So, what do you think? Which is your favorite?
(BTW, my husband helped me with some of these, so it's his to DONE list too!)