This month marks 2 years since we moved into our house and started making it into the place we call home. We had a lot of projects we wanted done on the list, still do, but we’ve been able to cross off quite a few in those two years. The outside of the house, the yard and flowerbeds, was in the roughest shape when we moved in and it’s been slow going getting them looking decent but I think we are finally ready to reveal the front flowerbed. This is what it looked like the day we moved in.

Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

As you can see, it’s not really a flowerbed. Just a bunch of 60-year-old junipers and some trash that always accumulated underneath. Mr. C spent 2 summers removing those bushes. It was back-breaking work but we’re so glad that they’re gone.

Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

The first summer here was spent on the front flowerbed and last summer we worked on the side. Once the front was cleared of bushes and debris, I slowly started adding plants.

Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

During the summer this bed doesn’t get much sun, the front faces North, and we have a huge tree that shades the area, so trying to find plants that do well in shade and need little maintenance (Mr. C’s requirement) was a challenge.

Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

This is a huge bed so I planted it in sections when time allowed and funds were available. The plants I went with here were boxwood, daylillies, hosta, hydrangea and some reedgrass. There were a lot of hosta and daylilies bunched together in the side yard so I brought them out front and replanted them. Last Fall I planted some Allium bulbs here and (to my surprise) they actually came up. I love their purple heads when they bloom and, come next Fall, I’ll be planting some more.

Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

A few weeks ago I finally planted the final section and we added mulch, 4 truck loads of it, for the front and side flowerbed. I also, slowly but surely, edged both flowerbeds. It took me a couple of weeks but just doing that made a huge difference.

Before…Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

After…Front Flowerbed Finally Finished | chatfieldcourt.com

I’m still trying to decide what to do with the evergreen that needs a major cut. I like that it provides some privacy and height to the street side of the house but the back is in rough shape and the Mr. does not trim bushes…so he tells me. The rest though is done and the plants I put in last year are already filling out.

Once the side flowerbed is done I’ll share the results.

Have you done any gardening projects lately?

Happy weekend!

Before and After Flowerbed Makeover | chatfieldcourt.com

 

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A couple of weekends ago Mr. C ² and I planted some tulip bulbs in our flowerbeds. When we moved in this house in June of 2013, the only plants here were some hosta and about 8, 60-year-old junipers…not exactly a lovely, colorful garden. Well, the junipers are finally gone and now it’s time to plant.

Planting Tulip Bulbs | chatfieldcourt.comI have planted a few bushes in the front of the house but I was waiting for all of the junipers to be removed before we made any big plans. I did know that I wanted to plant some tulip and Allium bulbs so we would have something pretty to look at in the spring. As you can see, I chose yellow tulips and Allium.

Planting Tulip Bulbs | chatfieldcourt.comWe just started with two packages this year, since this is the first time and we’re not sure how they will do. I know that my neighbor has had her bulbs dug up by our nuisance resident squirrels so we had to come up with a plan to protect the bulbs too.

We started in the back where the hosta are and just dug a hole 5 inches deep by about 12 inches square. It was slow going because there were a lot of roots to deal with. We actually dug a bit deeper that 5 inches to loosen the soil some and to make sure there were no big roots in the way. Then we just filled the hole so we had a depth of 5 inches. Next I placed 5 tulip bulbs in the hole, point sticking up.

Planting Tulip Bulbs | chatfieldcourt.comPlanting Tulip Bulbs | chatfieldcourt.comWe started to fill the hole back up and once the hole was almost full, we placed a piece of chicken wire over the soil and covered that with remaining dirt. This is supposed to keep the squirrels and other critters from getting to the bulbs. I’m anxious to see if it really works.

Planting Tulip Bulbs | chatfieldcourt.comI sprinkled some slow release bulb fertilizer over the dirt and covered with the mulch we laid earlier in the summer.

Planting Tulip Bulbs | chatfieldcourt.comWe planted the Allium in the front flowerbed, near the front door, the same way. A few of the bulbs had to be thrown away because of rot but most of them were healthy. After we were done they all got a sprinkling of water. That’s all we need to do until early next Spring when I’ll pull up the chicken wire so the flowers can bloom properly. Once they die back, I’ll replace it (if it works like we planned).

Not an hour after we were done planting I caught the squirrel digging where we had planted. He didn’t get very far, before I ran out the door chasing him like a fool, but the bulbs were ok. 😉

I can’t wait to see them bloom in the Spring!

Did you get to do any Fall planting this year?

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