Sooooo, yesterday while I was
Here it is word for word:
"As much as I (Bierman, the editor) want a yard that's worthy of these pages (Southern Living Magazine) by the end of this month, I learned from my first garden to cultivate patience and restraint before really digging in. Let's get real: You can't create Giverny in a weekend. The dirty secret is that most show house borders and "instant garden makeovers" you see in magazines and on TV quickly fade like fresh flower arrangements. If you focus first on the bones, using bulletproof plants like boxwood and holly to define and enclose spaces, you'll achieve long-lasting beauty without a single bloom. After that, you can blow your budget on annuals and perennials and pour on all the cottage charm you want."
This made me stop and think of our progress on the landscaping so far. When we moved into our house there was nothing but sandburrs which were so bad that my daughter's fourth word was "stick-a". I decided that my goal was for my daughter to have what I had growing up - a beautiful green yard that will be a cool retreat from the harsh West Texas heat.
So although, I may become a bit frustrated at the pace of our progress I am very pleased with it. So since the summer of 2008 we have gone from this:
Yes, the pergola makes a BIG difference! Thanks Dad!
This is the area before the pergola:
The front WITH the pergola - much better!
This was the view from the front steps
And now we have this:
This was the west side of the house from the front entrance:
Now we have this:
This was the west side from the front:
And now this:
And these stepping stones lead to a swing that hides under the biggest tree we have!
Here is the swing which is a great spot for reading or enjoying the day with my girls!
As for the east side of the front yard. There are laveder crepe myrtles, pittosporum, dwarf pampas grass and several salvias.
Stepping stones lead you back to the front entrance where the pergola that my dad built stands.
The west front yard:
Again the front steps then:
Front steps now. I love glazed pots and I chose red to draw attention to the front entrance.
Tune in next time for photos of our progress on the backyard, kitchen garden, and courtyard. Have a wonderful weekend!
(Here are some teaser photos)
We are joining in at Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday