December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gardens: Beginnings -- Front Yard

Hola darlings!

The lot at the new house is about the same width as the former Maison Newton, but it is not as deep.  The configuration, with a public sidewalk out front and a lot-bisecting walkway from the curb to the front door, chops up the front lawn into four distinct areas.  You can see that in this listing photo below:


The backyard has a large patio, and with the addition of the 2.5 car garage taking up a large chunk of the southeast corner of the lot, the lawn area is minimal compared to what I used to have.  There's much less mowing time now.  That's a good thing!  But the trimming area and the time it takes to do it, that's a bad thing!  Takes much longer than it did at the former Maison Newton.

The front yard is blah (looks like the listing photo above is from March or early April). I have some plans brewing, but most of them will have to wait a year or two while I save up funds. There are more pressing things that will take up any spare cash for the foreseeable future (like, a gas range and a new mattress set). 

I think the planting beds are too narrow -- I want to make them bigger to cut down on the lawn space.  I'm not a fan, either, of some of the selections Mrs. Seller made (lots of ornamental grasses, some not doing too ell), although I understand her choices. 

I couldn't go with what's left of this summer season without a nod toward dressing things up a little bit out front.  I thought a couple of planters would add a nice touch to my plain concrete porch.

I wanted something white, maintenance-free, and inexpensive.  I found some nice plant holder boxes and some inner pots that fit perfectly at Amazon.com that did not break the bank - they are offered by Miles Kimball (you all know Miles Kimball catalogs!)  I ordered two.  I also ordered two white plastic planters with punch-out drainage holes in the bottom, and they fit perfectly inside the Miles Kimball plant holder boxes (but they are not from Miles Kimball).

Here they are, planted with some asparagus fern and some "African daisies" purchased at Luxembourg Gardens in Franklin, Wisconsin on Sunday August 10th (I wrote more about Luembourg Gardens here):



Hmmm, they look more impressive in person.  Honest!  I could not order too large a planter box  because then I wouldn't be able to use my front door easily. 

More pics of the front porch planters:



That sure is an ugly front porch, so plain, so much concrete!  But I do like the planters.





 

1 comment:

  1. I can see lots of beautiful potential on your front lawn, and you're already taking some of it by adding those pristine planter boxes. They frame your front door perfectly, albeit in a minimalistic yet charming manner. You're planning on more changes, right? I'm sure you can work some of your magic and lift your curb appeal to a whole new level. Good luck with that! Thanks for sharing!

    Mitchell Knapp @ Scenic Landscaping

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