It’s spring time and you know that means we’ve been working in the yard!  We’ve now spent a few weekends cleaning everything up from the winter and planting for spring.

One of the first warm weekends in March I was so excited and we headed to Lowe’s to get some plants. We dug up the mums, raked out the beds by the back deck and I planted day lillies.  I also updated the pots by the back with dianthus, red sensation cordyline, creeping jenny (a favorite) and leaving the little bit of rosemary that was already there.

I also re-planted the hanging baskets with some purple petunias, flame thrower spiced curry coleus, and cork screw rush.  The cork screw rush looked so fun, I couldn’t help myself.

I also picked up a new plant for our screened in porch.  Sadly, the one we had from the old house didn’t make it through the snow we had in January, which is totally my fault for not bringing it inside.  I got a palm that fits in perfectly though and Hunter says he likes it better..

You’ll notice in later pictures that our sago palms are pruned back because their fronds also didn’t make it through that cold either, but they’re still doing great and will have new palm fronds soon!

Another weekend was centered around pine straw.  Our yard desperately needed new pine straw so Hunter picked up 15 bales and we went to work!  I started by digging up some plants in the bed by our garage and sidewalk, then getting the old pine straw out, raking it, planting 10 Mexican heather plants and laying pine straw around them.

Then it was onto the back yard to lay pine straw around the day lillies.  I raked out the old pine straw by the rose bushes and bed behind the house and I planted a few autumn sangria encore azaleas before laying pine straw. Can you spot my fluffy helper on the screened porch?

Hunter took over and continued raking out beds in the front yard and laying pine straw around some pine trees and in the other front and side beds.

Now we’re continuing to maintain and water everything so it blooms!  The next step in the backyard is to replace what’s left of the dry rotted fence – the 2 sides we’re keeping and also add a fence around the hvac unit where we cleared out all those bushes last summer.  Then we’ll continue some planting and work on the lawn!

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