Monday, June 13, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Last Thursday, we had some special visitors arrive in the Bean Town.

Just before our morning walk. Coffee was necessary.
You see, my gardening skills are not quite up-to-par. They're basically non-existent. But my mom's? She is a wonderful gardener! Her yard is beautiful. And huge. And just gorgeous. So she came out to visit for the weekend to help us get started in the yard.

And she brought one of my favorite friends from home! Maggie! So happy we have a place for a pup to stay when my parents come visit.

It is incredibly difficult to capture a picture with both myself and the dog looking halfway normal. So please take my face from the top picture and place it with Maggie's from the bottom. There! Pretty!
We were gonna get started first thing Friday morning, but it was raining. Darn. We just had to do some shopping and go out to lunch instead. 

We tried out a restaurant that I've yet to visit in the Bean Town, called Vivace. It's a cute little Mediterranean cafe located downtown.

We ordered a portabella & mozzarella panini and the 'vivace' salad (pear, apple, walnuts, dried cranberries, & feta cheese with a mango chardonnay dressing), and split half-sies. We dined outside and it was delicious. I will definitely be returning, especially considering I am now done with school for the summer and this place is less than a mile from our house.

Finally that afternoon we were able to start weeding. Weeding takes a long time! I guess it also depends on how many weeds you have. And we had a lot.

The next morning, we had a load of mulch delivered. Exciting times.

I was fascinated with the mulch-dumping truck. I know, it doesn't take much.
We spread the mulch and planted some new flowers. Hostas, geraniums, impatiens, hydrangeas. The hydrangeas are my favorite. (We had those at our wedding.)

We also did a few planters! I now have my very own herb garden, with basil, cilantro, and rosemary. I am probably the most excited about this little pot.

We did some planters for the front stoop. Pretty!

Maggie liked to watch. I wish I could have had her job. Just kidding.

Here's some before/after pictures. The before pictures are from our home inspection, which was before we even moved in.

The front:


The back:


It's so nice to have a lot of that work done! Yes, there's still lots more to do, but it's a great start. Now I just have the responsibility of keeping all those plants alive. Yikes. Maybe if I prove to my Business Man that I can keep the plants alive, he'll let me get my very own puppy?

Thanks to my mom for all the help this weekend! It was greatly appreciated. Off to go water those plants and go for a run!


aevansb said...

Looks great!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

The garden looks wonderful! I was surprised how much mulch you needed--obviously I don't garden very much (but I want to start!)

Running Girl said...

Wow - it looks beautiful! I especially like what you've done in the back.

SbMac said...

That looks great! I am not very good with plants and flowers. Plus we live in the woods and the deer eat it all!

Sarah DJ said...

All the flowers and bushes look great, but I'm especially loving your new pot of herbs! :-) I love my assortment by the kitchen door...I'm sure you'll enjoy having them fresh and ready to pick, too!

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