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Front Yard Pinspiration

People.  Are we all suffering from Spring fever?

I know I AM, + in fact, just a few days ago,

I went online shopping for something to hang on our front door.

This is what I want, from this etsy shop:

basket-with-pink-geraniums

OMiGosh, though.  It’s still only February,

+ yet, I am beyond ready to get outside + plant something!

It’s past time for us to ramp up our houses’s curb appeal!

Right now it’s so plain Jane + incomplete,

+ I fear that the neighbors are grumbling,

“When will they ever finish that house?”

porch

It may be a bit of a blank slate right now,

but here’s how the front of our house looked on the realtor listing:

dutch-colonial-before-with-shrubs

I think we can all agree that those overgrown shrubs had to go,

as did the errant enclosed front porch:

dutch-colonial-front-porch-midway-gone

dutch-colonial-front-porch-almost-gone

porch

But I just can’t come up with a design!  The humanity!

I swear, it’s got to be that off-center porch that’s throwing me off.

How on earth am I going to be able to tie each side together?

Then this happened.

A beautiful front yard of a house with a porch on one side:

front-yard-landscape

I’m sorry — I found this on Pinterest but didn’t get the source.

Thank goodness for Pinterest, is all I can say.

I don’t know how we would have managed our re-do without it.

So.  What makes my new favorite front yard so swoon-worthy?

 Let’s break it down:

First up, they’ve added a bit of symmetry

by flanking the front steps with a pair*of my absolute faves,

lollipop shrubs (as they say in the UK), a.k.a. topiaries*.

*Pairs = good.  *Topiaries = good

front-yard-landscape

Notice how they’ve tied everything together

by repeating the same plants from one side to the other.

And who doesn’t love that sweeping curve* of the edges of the beds?

*Curves = good.

+ + + + +

Now, then.  All I have to do is decide what plants to buy,

get that porch all tricked out,

 see about installing a brick sidewalk,

+ maybe get 3 window boxes for our bay!

Stay tuned!

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My Stab At Spring

muscari

2 of my faves: blue murscari (grape hyacinths) + ranunculus. http://www.shopterrain.com

So, maybe you’ve noticed that every single blogger has posted something festive about Spring . . . + yet, I have not.

You ask me why not?  Well, one reason is that it was 24 degrees here overnight!  (March = cruel!)

I really don’t DO Spring decor, or so I thought.   Why not give it a stab, if only for the morale boost? I asked myself . . .

. . . and SO, I brought home these beautiful + fragrant hyacinths from the grocery store.

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Yes, I bought my hyacinths at the grocery store.

jasmine topiary BHG

Jasmine topiary.

I also make  at least 2 cool + inexpensive topiaries of my own — using my 2 favorite Guy Wolff pots, a wire hanger + some ivy.

Last year’s versions, with variegated ivy, looked fantastic.  You’ll have to to take my word on that, because they, too, did not survive our Winter.

**Guy Wolff pot from the late, great Smith + Hawken store.

**http://www.guywolff.com/ — from the late, great Smith + Hawken store.

 This pretty blue glass ball + the vintage floral bowl upon which it is resting, both came from http://www.rubybegoniastrinkets.blogspot.com/, right here in our town!

**Another Guy Wolff pot from an awesome shop in the Berkshires of western Mass.

**Another Guy Wolff pot from an awesome shop in the Berkshires of western Mass.

And now, for more morale boosting, let’s view a few closeups of my Spring happiness in the kitchen.  Stay tuned!  More photos will be taken after my trip to Chicago.

Small greenhouse from the late, great Smith+ Hawken.  The sponged pitcher was my Grandma's, + the faux bois cutie was purchased in L.A.

Small greenhouse from the late, great Smith+ Hawken. The sponged pitcher was my Grandma’s, + the faux bois cutie was purchased in L.A.

Sweet floral plate, also purchased in our town from http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Feathered-Nest/413933821964336

Sweet floral plate, also purchased in our town from http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Feathered-Nest/413933821964336

Vintage bird prints in faux bamboo frames, from -- where else? -- the Morris Antiques Emporium.

Vintage bird prints in faux bamboo frames, from — where else? — the Morris Antiques Emporium (my hometown.)

All my old garden magazines + a NY Times gardening book from my stepdaughter, Marnie.  Good giftage!

All my old garden magazines + a NY Times gardening book from my stepdaughter, Marnie. Good giftage!


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