Spring Gardening-The Front Yard

Friday, April 7, 2017

It's spring time, so the garden beckons for you to come outside.  I just mulched the front foundation beds a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to see all the plants come back to life. 

This is actually a project I started last summer.  Initially there were azaleas and ivy in the beds.

But I wanted the ivy gone for a cleaner look.

Never in my life...

I came across a snake in the process of ripping this stuff out, and I believe something poisonous as well because I broke out in a rash. 

But now the house could breath.  I have never been so happy to see bare dirt.

Have I ever mentioned that I love hydrangeas?  Like L-O-V-E love them.  But I knew I needed something evergreen to provide year round interest.  I originally wanted hydrangeas in the back and Otto Lukyen Laurels in the front, but the garden center guy cautioned me that they were susceptible to a particular insect.  Instead he steered me toward a plant I had never heard of called Distylium, 'Vintage Jade'.  I kind of wish I had stuck with my guns, but so far I like the distylium.  It held up well over the winter.

This was most of the plants in the fall, but shortly after I got them in the ground and mulched, the leaves started falling.  I can't win!

I also love a good vine, and had been wanting an evergreen clematis ever since seeing this post over on Cottage and Vine.  I finally found one.  You can see my little vine over by the porch step.

So because of my timing, my mulch got 'leafed' immediately after I put it down, and the next several
months were spent raking an endless amount of leaves and acorns.  This was just the beginning.

But all is forgiven.  It's spring, and I feel renewed.  I almost cannot wait to get outside and get my hands in the dirt everyday.  Like gardening counts as exercise, right?  Below are the front beds re-mulched just in time for spring.

I'm working on repeating this phenom in some other areas of the yard.  What are you up to in the garden this spring?  Is yard work the bane of your existence, or do you love it?

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