We’ve been busy sprucing up the house, in preparation for my mother-in-law’s arrival. Ryan finished all the painting in the guest-room and it feels great to have the trim painted and the room looking fresh and clean. I hope she loves it as much as we do! Also, the peonies are drop-dead-gorgeous right now and I couldn’t help but pick some up for the house.
We had a belated Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday & it was the first big party we’ve had in our new home; it was so fun to have everyone here together. And thanks to Jason & Allison for bringing the piñata – it was (literally) a big hit! Fajitas, food, friends, & fun are always a great combination.
When we closed on our house last May, the backyard looked like the picture on the left & needed quite a bit of weeding & some clean up. Yes, that weed is about as tall as me! After a lot of hard work last weekend, it now looks like the picture on the right.
We were so busy sprucing up the inside that we didn’t have much time to focus on the outside last year; although we did plant some things in beds around the house, which I am so happy to see are all coming back & looking good (japanese painted fern, hosta, little lime hydrangea, euonymus), we are focusing more on our outdoor space this spring.
We’ve done some weeding (which never ends, of course), mowing, laying down mulch, etc. And Ryan built 3 more garden boxes, bringing our total to 4 large garden boxes now. Several trips to various hardware/garden supply stores, 22 bags of pea gravel, 18 pavers, deck screws, cedar lumber, penofin green, 16 large casters, mesh to line bottom of boxes, garden soil, plants…and we’ve now come to this…a big improvement, I think! We’ve still got more to plant, but it’s a great start to a fantastic summer garden.
To my delight, our house came with two beautiful lilac bushes in the backyard – 1 white & 1 pale purple – which I’d never seen bloom until this spring as they’d already bloomed & gone before we moved in last June. I just cut some & put them in a vase in our home & they smell lovely!