Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Landscape! Phase One...

We love our house and the beautiful acre yard that surrounds it. I love to plant flowers in the spring and see things grow, and I very much enjoy sitting on our old front porch and looking out at the flowers in the front yard. Lately, however, we seem to have been growing more weeds than flowers, and we've discovered that we have a special knack for growing Bermuda Grass in our flower beds. My sweet husband and I have fought and fought with the Bermuda attempting to get in under control, and after four years, we have come to the conclusion that we have completely lost that battle. So, a couple of weeks ago, I contacted Todd Groce with Five Star Landscaping, and he will be the one to tame the weeds and grass and make our yard gorgeous. He started today by taking out all the old plantings (what little were left after our drought a couple of years ago) and bringing in new, beautiful plants that just fit with the style of our house. Below are a few photos of Day One. Already the transformation is amazing, and I can't wait to see all the plants in the ground!
Todd said they removed about six inches of old mulch from the beds. Here they have got rid of all the old plantings and mulch and are laying out the flowers in preparation for planting.
Of course, we are saving as much as possible of the older plants. This Rosemary Bush will be planted along the sidewalk so that visitors to the front of the house will catch its wonderful scent.
Max supervises as the new layer of dirt goes down and fertilizer is added to the beds.
These old borders served their purpose at the time, but they will soon be replaced with a new stone border.
The layout is looking good! the plants begin to go into the ground.
...and the weed barrier goes down (no more bermuda grass!)!
It takes a lot of patience to cut out the holes in the weed barrier for each and every flower!
...and Todd puts down the mulch.
It's starting to come together! Already I love it! Coneflowers, black-eyed susans, coreopsis, and more. I adore the colors!

I love the purple and yellow...opposites on the color wheel, so you know it's going to look great!
We are moving the urns closer to the front steps. They'll need a makeover, too, after all the flowers are in the beds.

The one thing I had to have were these gorgeous yellow flowers! I love the color that really shows up from the street.
And just look at how happy Max is! He is loving the yard transformation as much as his parents! What a smile!


The Victorian Parlor said...


It's beautiful! What a marvelous job they did transforming your gardens. No doubt the flowers will bring you and your guests much joy:).



Miss Jen said...

what gorgeous landscaping!!
Your doggie is SO cute too.

Blessings & Love~ Miss Jen

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi Paula!
I see you have been busy while I have been away, and it is going to be wonderful when you are done, and it will be worth all the hard work.
See you soon!