With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Project Status: Completed... finally

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Project Status: Completed... finally

Truckload of topsoil has been shoveled.
Mountain of mulch (that still didn't go far enough) has been spread.
New berm created (to replace lost grass)
Walkway extended (for better footpath)
Perennials divided and relocated. (for low budget goal)
(billions) of weeds pulled
Watering system in place. (sort of)
Chicken wire installed (not soon enough for some plants)
Two (4' x 8') Square Foot Raised bed created (one for herbs and veggies and one as a cutting garden)
Leftover pieces of sod from daughter used to patch lawn.
Wheelbarrow and shovels returned to their place in the shed.
Knee pads and work gloves stowed.

Time required for project:  grossly underestimated.

South side of house with ginormous Trumpet vine planted just for hummingbirds (and privacy).
I have had climbing roses, grapes, Morning Glories and Clematis on the arbor by the door and eventually everything loses its vigor.  I just cut to the ground a clematis and already see new growth bursting forth.     
I pulled out my Flowering Almond too.
(It was located between the two bottom windows)
It is most beautiful covered in tiny pink flowers in the early spring (that last for a week) but then just looks untidy and unattractive for the rest of the year.
It has a new home in a less noticeable place in the back yard.
Flowering Almond
(Eastern Exposure ~ back of house) Small cutting garden currently filled with one of my favorite... Cleome.
These pretty flowers self-seed. I gathered some tiny
plant-lets from the back and transplanted them here.
Next spring I will give more attention to what I might grow.
This old wheelbarrow has many miles on it!  It has hauled dirt, mulch, fireplace wood every fall and quite a few kids in its lifetime.
This is the back edge of our property. The wheelbarrow is parked right in front of our tiny pond that we fill with goldfish.
(North side) Hydrangeas just beginning to bloom.
With all of those buds it looks like it will be an abundant year.

The beginning (April)
May progress
Finished end of June!
All hard work brings a profit, 
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 14:23


Mildred said...

So much back breaking work but it looks wonderful! The hydrangea is gorgeous and I can imagine how fragrant the herb garden is. My mama's favorite was cleome! Hope you and John get a chance to sit down on the porch and enjoy your labor of love!

Maggie Ann said...

Its all so beautiful! Its always worth the extra trouble and bucks once its finished! lol ...we just moved our flowering almond too. You have a beautiful home & gounds!

A Quiet Gracious Life said...

Everything looks wonderful! Your hard work definitely paid off. (o:

Lisa RedWillow said...

Your work looks like it was fun. So very beautiful.
Love the Blooms.

Julie Harward said...

That is a big yard...and it looks so perfectly groomed now..beautiful. Love the pretty big blooms. You forgot the last item that should be on your list to do...MASSAGE! ;D

Snap said...

YeeHaw!!!! Well done! :D :D :D

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Exhausting and exhilarating! What a beautiful, blooming garden and of course my favorite part, grandma and grandpa's precious prints! :D

LDH said...


Oh, those are grandkids handprints, not ours. Well the ones that were here at the time. S for Shaela, B for Brenna, R for Ryan and J for Jared. I promised the others that we would make stepping stones with their handprints this summer. :)

marie said...

Lorraine your landscaping is beautiful. The hard work of all involved is very evident! Now you get to sit back and enjoy it for a bit.
My Katie has some amazing hydrangea bushes in her yard...she was so sweet and picked a bunch for me on the 4th. I'm really enjoying them!

I loved all the wedding photos in your last post. It's wonderful to have all those sweet memories.

moreofhim said...

Everything is beautiful!!!

Blessings - Julie

Laurie said...

Your yard looks beautiful, Lorraine, and all of the hard work was worth it! I love the hydrangeas with they dainty blossoms and soft pastel colors. I also love the handprints - makes me remember the stepping stones we made of our grands' hands, and we will take these when we move. We have older ones of our daughters, but they are in the patio cement so we can't take them.

Enjoy your gorgeous yard this summer!

Ann said...

a lot of work with a huge payoff I would say. Your yard looks beautiful. Do you and your husband want to come work on mine now....lol.
Love the hydrangea. Are those two different colors blooming on the same bush?

Sherry from Alabama said...

How lovely! I'm sure you're ready to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor now.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- It all looks just gorgeous! Can you believe all that work you did? My goodness!! It looks so nice now though. My favorite, of course, is the little hands in the cement. How sweet is that? All of your garden areas look beautiful! And,you know, I don't care HOW MUCH mulch you order-it is NEVER quite enough!

Now sit yourself down and rest a spell and enjoy the fruits of your labor! xo Diana

Just a little something from Judy said...

It seems to me that you two could tackle any job handed to you. What a huge job. You sure have it looking very nice. Hope you can sit down with a cold glass of iced tea and enjoy.

podso said...

It all looks so nice!! Love your pretty hydrangeas, by the way, Amazing the difference landscaping can make. I'm sure it feels so good to have it finished.

Susan said...

Oh, wow, that was a LOT of work. Your home and yard are beautiful, though. Just lovely. Susan

Snippety Gibbet said...

What gorgeous landscaping! I have to say though, that my favorite part is the handprints in the concrete. jan

Suzanne said...

It all looks lovely!

classic • casual • home said...

Amazing! You are so talented.

crochet lady said...

It sure is hard work to make things look nice! Like the brick around your beds....and no weeds in sight, amazing.

Beth said...

You've been busy! You have such a lovely home.

Maryann said...

Beautiful, enjoy the fruit of your labor!

Marysol said...

Thank you for the peek into your beautiful garden. I still hope to have a green thumb, someday.

Joy said...

The hydreangea is beautiful. The brick-edged flower beds are very attractive. Lots of work! I know what you mean---these jobs are always more involved than what we first thought they would be, but your place looks lovely.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Hi. I just replied to your comment on my blog, I'm sorry, I've been a bit neglectful of it lately.
I keep coming back to your hydrangea photos. We have a contemporary house and a not particularly flowery garden but there are times when I see a photo like that, with the pretty porch and painted weatherboards and lattice and gorgeous blooms, when I could absolutely be persuaded to change styles.

Brandi said...

Your yard is so beautiful. All of your hard work has paid of with amazing results. One day I hope to get my yard looking as nice as yours...one day!


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