Summer is in full swing at my house. We had yet another flood week in our area and my kids actually had to miss the last day of school because no one could get there. Thankfully there were no tests to make-up. My oldest jumped right into a week of basketball camp and his “never to be outdone” little sister followed suit and tried a week of basketball camp this week for the first time. For me, this had meant short days of back and forth all day – not much unlike the school year, just less time to myself. But the start of summer has also been the kick-off to a season for change around my home – literally AROUND it. We have started our major landscape remodel and it is a blissful joy and horrible nightmare all in the same.
I will be sharing the complete process along the way but here’s a little insight to what we have planned.
Being new construction, we got the usual “builder’s choice” landscaping when we moved in: for the front we have traditional sod, some haphazardly scattered core plants, a few large existing trees, and 2 customary live oaks planted at the street line (just waiting to tear up my sidewalk someday.) Oh, and boulders… big brown rocks placed as accents around trees and an occasional break in the rock lined raised beds. I don’t like boulders personally – I don’t have a dessert, rustic, or lodge style home so they seem out of place to me, but to each his own. For the back, we got some barely there grass and a line of redtips with no shape. We also inherited 3 dead trees – one of which the top half got cut off at some point as if they knew it needed to go but didn’t have time to remove it, and 2 that have gradually dropped branches in my new pool till I can’t stand it any more.
So…it all goes. We are literally wiping the slate clean and giving it a whole new look. What are we going for? Something a little more English cottage in the front and something more French chateau in the back. It’s going to be amazing and you know my husband is looking forward to a “yard of the month” sign at the curb somewhere down the line, even if he has to make it himself. Lol.
Here’s where we are now with our clean slate starting to reshape the layout:
Most of the sprinkler system had to be redone because the pool contractor simply dug a big hole in the ground and took the sprinkler line with it – with no repair.
Our landscaper is pretty excited about the project because this is nothing like anything he has done before out in this part of the world (we’re a little country out here.) Plus it’s great eye-candy for future business referrals in an up and coming neighborhood. He may have second thoughts about promoting this sort of thing when he finishes though…
So between my taxi service and short-order cook duties, I have been keeping a close eye on the demo process and trying to save the plants I want to keep. These include some pretty camellias, Louisiana “swamp” irises, and boxwoods (of course). The rest have been happily re-homed with friends and neighbors. I’ve also started trying to get a handle on the process of propagating succulents because I have quite a few unruly plants that need a good haircut and I’d love to see if I can make new growth from my own cuttings.
I’ve been lucky enough to transfer, crop, replant, and regrow a lot of my original succulent arrangements, and have some business endeavors I’d like to pursue with these wonderful plants as a little creative side project, so growing my own would certainly be a lot cheaper than buying from growers for the long haul. But growing my own plants means eventually needing some dedicated space for my plants, and that brings me to my favorite part of our landscaping project… this little gem:
Yep, I am getting my very own glass house. Isn’t she just lovely??? It’s the ultimate she-shed for green thumbers (or those that hope to turn green anyway.) Unfortunately, there’s no greenhouse fairy to wave her magic wand and make it appear, so it’s arriving in 500 pieces in 3 large crates, and apparently only 2 of the 3 made it on the truck here. Snafu number 1 of many I’ll encounter in the next month or so, I’m sure.
I have a short vacation coming up in the middle of all this – gasp, what will I come back to – that will hopefully be a few days or relaxation in the midst of chaos. Pray that my internal GPS never finds “wits end.”
Cheers to summer and stay tuned!