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Not to confuse you as we have already posted our announcement of the second round of the Yard Transformation Challenge (YTC) Spring 2018. But to make sure we share our updated front yard pictures with you! We are so happy with our front yard makeover! It looks so much different and inviting. Or at least we think it does 😉
Front Yard Makeover
WARNING: there are a lot of pictures below and I apologize if they load slowly.
This is not your typical front yard. And the pictures don’t do it justice.
But you will need to trust me on this. It looks beautiful!
As you can see, there are still a lot of “naked” spots on the lawn where weeds used to grow. It will take time for both newly seeded clover and creeping thyme to grow but it will look much better soon 😉
A few of raised beds have been seeded with quick growing radishes and carrots and onions which can be interplanted with other vegetables. Carrots will do fine with tomatoes and onions with peppers. We still have a month or so before we can transplant them outdoors.
Other beds were planted with dahlias, lilies, sweet peas, and many other gorgeous flowers.
As a reminder, a few pictures of before:
And a newly built rock edge bed. We have already filled it with lilies, monarda, zucchini and scallopini starters, and some annuals like marigolds and white sunflowers.
I can’t wait to see bees and hummingbirds visiting and enjoying our garden soon!
I love this new rock edge bed! You can read how we built it here.
It feels so satisfying to receive compliments from our neighbours and by-passers!
There was a group of students from one of the neighbouring elementary schools walking on our street and they all stopped and pointed at our fairy garden and came closer to look at the details. How cute is that 🙂
It is still a work in process (and will probably always be :)) but I think it looks cute 🙂
We found a few volunteer trees growing on our slope, and they are now our fairy garden trees. I planted them in planters, and it will be my bonsai experiment. I know it takes years to grow a bonsai tree from such tiny plants and may give up the experiment. In that case, I will just donate the plants to whoever will want them.
What do you think so far? Do you agree the place looks so different now?
If you want to get another reminder of what it looked like before, visit this page.
There will be more plants coming up there as it is getting warmer. I will be posting a summer update in a couple of months.
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Take a closer look at some décor details
I have always wanted to have my own wheelbarrow garden! I find it really unique and special.
We were lucky to have inherited a very old wheelbarrow from the previous owners and it’d served well for a few seasons. But it was now time to get a new one and the old one had become my beautiful gardening feature 🙂
There is not much happening in it at this moment as it is just starting to warm up in our area. However, you can already see tiny plants sprouting up. We have also planted a lily there and I can’t wait to see it in bloom!
We have a wildflowers mix seeded there as well as an oriental lily, and we are hoping to see many bees visiting our garden soon!
Bird Cage “Lantern”
It is my another favourite! It was, well, another Craiglist find, and I think it is beautiful! You can find a very similar one here and more models here. I can’t wait to see this plant filling the space with lots of bloom! I also have tiny lobelia slowly growing inside.
Smaller Gardening Décor Items
This tricycle plant stand is a cute find from the Vintage Farm Show a month ago. You can find a similar one here. I have a tiny petunia growing there 🙂
Excuse me the sticky label on the side of the planter (blushing smiley emoji would be appropriate here…). I only noticed it at the post proofreading stage.
And don’t you like this cute vintage wheelbarrow?
This tiny cutie is perfect for my only two balsam plants that had sprouted from a bunch of seeds I had. I got it from the same booth at the Vintage Farm Show. Both the tricycle and the wheelbarrow were priced fairly and it would have been a shame for me not to “steal” them!
Check out her website for some inspirational ideas or vintage shopping.
And another Craiglist find:
This beautiful iron table was found at one of the barn sales. Can you believe it my husband didn’t want it first?
I think it is perfect for this space.
It is small enough to not overwhelm the space and large enough to hold a candle, a few drinks, and fruit.
Yard Transformation Challenge Reveal
We are so happy with the change!
I am so glad we have added the chairs and that beautiful table there so we can sit there in summer, drink homemade watermelon slush, and watch our younger son playing with his friends outside!
So, this is it for now.
I wish I could show you it all in bloom. But it is still too early in the season for the majority of the plants.
Remember to come back in summer to see it in the full bloom 🙂 And remember to check the second round of the Yard Transformation Challenge with a few other bloggers participating!