I’ve Certainly Made MY Bed… (With Faboo Reveal Pics!!!)
Brace yourselves — because in the words of my all-time favorite blogger, Barney Stinson, this reveal is going to be legen-wait-for-it-DARY!!!
TA-DA!!!!!!! Yes. It is gorgeous. I am a genius. You may all bask in my glory.
(And screw you very much for noticing that our grass needs trimming.)
For real, though. Dude. SO. MUCH. BETTER.
In case you still don’t quite agree, let me remind you of what the front of our house looked like before.
Seriously. our CAP is on the R-U-N!!!!!!
Let’s recap how I accomplished this Herculean task on a limited budget & without breaking my lease…
1) LOST MY EVER-LOVING MIND AT GARDENING CENTER (a.k.a. Bought supplies)
2) GOT RID OF THE FUGLY (a.k.a Removed unwanted features)
In our case, 3 rotting wooden rails were all that were standing in our way. If your features are more permanent or if their removal is likely to cause property damage, revise your plan from “removing” to “obscuring” unwanted features.
3) SAID HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!!! (a.k.a. Weeding)
Go nuts. Let out your inner sociopath. Weeds are the fruit of the devil. Kill them. Kill them all.
4) GAVE MYSELF SEVERAL BLISTERS (a.k.a Cultivated the soil)
I cannot recommend a claw-style cultivator enough. Let me repeat that. I cannot recommend a claw-style cultivator enough. By the way, did I remember to recommend you use a claw-style cultivator?
5) COMPLETELY RUINED CHANCE TO BE ALL “ECO” (a.k.a. Decided to try weed-blocking fabric made of petroleum products rather than opting for far more environmentally responsible choice of newspaper)
Whatever, Judge Judy. I want to know if it works.
6) SPENT 2 SCHIZOPHRENIC HOURS RE-ARRANGING FLOWER POTS ON A BIG SHEET OF PLASTIC (a.k.a. Chose a garden layout)
I prefer a slightly asymmetrical look, so I chose to put some of my Asiatic lilies over by the existing orchid plants (upstage right). When it all fills in, I hope the lilies will kind of nestle inside the orchid greens 🙂 And if it looks too unbalanced I can always “anchor” the other back corner with a big color bowl like this spare red one I couldn’t resist but didn’t have specific plans for…
7) FEARED BEING BLOWN OFF TO OZ WHILE FRANTICALLY DIGGING IN THE DIRT (a.k.a. Plant flowers)
You probably won’t have this problem. If you’re not horribly, ridiculously bad at budgeting your time (like me) and/or don’t live in a black & white farmhouse with your Auntie Em.
8) STRESSED ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO FINISH BLOG POST BECAUSE OF ALL THE STUPID RAIN (Self explanatory)
Seriously. Over a solid week of pouring rain.
9) GOT MY GARDEN BLING ON (a.k.a. Added edging & climbing flowers)
I chose a simple wooden border to complement our wood porch & steps, but there are TONS of kinds of edging to choose from. Also, when it comes to climbing flowers/vines, be forewarned: Some landlords don’t allow them.
They can cause deterioration of the brick. I’ve safeguarded against this in the past (and will in the very near future…) by making sure my climbing flowers don’t come into contact with any actual part of the house. I’m training mine to stay on the wooden lattice/metal porch railing. If they make a break for the brick, I just gently reposition them. You can also train them to climb tree trunks, lattice frames or even a trellis.
10) WAS CROWNED CURB APPEAL QUEEN OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD (a.k.a. Received several compliments)
Here’s me addressing the adoring throngs from the royal balcony:
So, that’s how you put in a simple flower bed. Really, anyone can do it. And the sense of accomplishment is worth the small amount of hard work involved. (Really only the weeding/cultivating/raking.)
It hugely improves the look of your home & can be accomplished in a single weekend. (If it doesn’t rain.)
In terms of money, you can get away with spending much less than I did (about $200) by buying annual flowers rather than perennials. True, you’ll have to buy more next year, but let “future you” worry about that.
And fret not — if full-size flower beds ain’t yo thang, you can always do some super-easy container gardening. I’ll hit you up with a how-to post on that soon 🙂
COMING UP: WE MOVE ONTO THE PORCH!!!