Monday, April 8, 2013

Landscape and Garden

As I mentioned, there are a lot of projects we are working on around our house this spring.  This weekend, the sun was shining and the temperatures are inching upward, and the garden centres have opened around us.  

  I have been hesitant to post photos of the exterior of our new ranch for several reasons.  First of all, when you compare it to these, it comes up wanting.  

our last two homes

Secondly, although we have plans, I don't really love the look of our home.  I am drawn to older cottage style homes, with cedar shake, lovely brick, charm and curb appeal (see above).

That being said, I'm working with what I've got.  Here it is:

I discussed curb appeal here, but to recap: this summer will include painting of the brick, addition of shutters and window boxes, new front door, etc.

I have certainly been pinteresearching lots of ideas for the gardens and landscaping around the house.  Fortunately, we have some awesome large trees and perennial shrubs and plants that I actually like.  I'll just be adding some more flowering plants to the front of the house.

The backyard is kind of a blank canvas right now.  We probably won't be able to stretch our budget enough to do much back here and we're working with what we have.

We already have this table and chairs.  It's older and grayed now, so it needs a little elbow grease.  Isn't the banding on that tablecloth gorgeous?  I'm thinking DIY painted rug and perhaps a little ribbon trim to a tablecloth I already have.  

I love this garden gate and brick pathway.  Probably for another spring, but it's in the files nonetheless.

This is my shutter and window box inspiration.  I usually prefer to keep my gardens white and green.  Jay loves colour so sometimes we throw a little in but this is my preference.  The window boxes will go on the three smaller windows on the front of the house.

The sources for these photos can be found on my Backyard & Pool pinboard.  Perhaps you'd like to follow me on Pinterest?

Are you getting ready to dig in your garden?  Got any big landscaping plans?

Enjoy your Monday!

xo Meg


  1. I have no doubt that you'll be able to turn it into something lovely! Our house is a bit odd-looking, so I understand how you feel :) We're hoping to do some privacy planting this year - still waiting for temps to warm up though!

  2. Oh I love the shutters/window boxes you are showing as inspiration! Gorgeous!!

    Sounds like you have a busy summer coming your way!!

  3. I'm so glad I discovered your blog. We're in the process of house hunting and the one that we have our eye on is definitely a long term project, but what really attracted us to the home is the neighborhood, location, and the land. There are beautiful trees and shrubs and just a pretty backyard that we'll hopefully be able to enjoy. It's nice to read along with others as they embark on making a home theirs as well. Those window boxes are gorgeous and I'd love to add a few of those to the house at some point as well. I love the pretty cascade of petunias and vines. Good luck and I'll be reading along.

  4. Wow..!! Creative Garden with this beautiful flowers designing, I like your post