Next, I picked out some cute plants and mulch and my hubby and I got to work. Check out the pictures from stage 1 HERE. The yard look great, but it didn't last long because the mulch wasn't barricaded in and some of the plants did not survive (I never said I was good at this lol!)
This year, we decided to go on a more permanent route with a little easier maintenance, even though it called for a little more work.. A whole Saturday to be exact, but it was fun and anything I can do together with my husband is time well spent.
My husband picked out scalloped edging for a barrier. I picked river rocks for our filler rock, though they ran out and I mixed them with calico rocks and they still weren't enough. So when the store gets more in, that will be done. We also added a couple of plants in place of some that did not come back after the winter.
The Left Side.
The two Hydrangeas are coming in amazingly! I was very excited when they started blooming. Both sides have a curved barrier. My husband also put up the shepherds hook his parents gave us, so I picked out some hanging baskets to go on it.
The Right Side.
This is where the majority of plants did not survive. I moved the garden rocks we got for our wedding shower from my mom here, they fit quite nicely. My husband trimmed back the tall, skinny tree, too. I still have no clue what kind of tree it is, but It blooms with white flowers.
I finally bought a wind chime I liked. I want one that sounded pretty more than anything. Most of the time the hand-tuned chimes are very simple, so I added a few (scrapbook) stickers to the weight and I love it.
So that was stage 2! There's still a little more work to do and I'll keep you updated!