Earth Laughs in Flowers

“Earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We worked on the flower beds a few days ago, but it’s been a busy week and I had a bad case of writer’s block. Without further delay, here’s what we did with the flower beds this year…

We kept the white rocks from last spring, but chose some different plants.

For our green plant, we chose the corkscrew rush. This plant does well in heat and sun, except in extreme conditions and is a semi-evergreen. Corkscrew rushes do best when they have lots of water, though, so we will have to make sure to water it everyday.

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For color, we planted Dianthus, basically a smaller carnation. We wanted something that would last at least until winter. This plant is pretty versatile and easy to maintain and multiplies easily.

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For a separate planter I have on the porch, we bought some Magellan Zinnia. Like our other choices, these should last until winter and won’t take much care. I love the color variety. These may be my new favorite.

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Since we didn’t have to completely start from scratch this year, the flower beds cost us half of what they did last year. It was about the same amount of labor, though. A lot of leaves from the pecan tree had accumulated in the flower beds over the winter, so we had to clear those out. It was tedious work picking the leaves out the rocks.

There were also a lot of weeds growing up through the rocks which had to be pulled. I picked weeds a few days before we started our project and new weeds popped up just a few days later.

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Something I’ve learned over the past year is that it takes work and time to maintain a yard. This year, we’re going to try to do a little every few days so the yard isn’t such a chore. What we have now is pretty basic, but eventually I hope our yard looks something like what you see in Better Homes and Gardens.

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Springing Into Action

We planted a few flower pots today to pre-game for the flower beds this weekend.

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We’re going to keep the same layout as last spring, but try some different plants. (To see our work from last year, view Flower Bed Makeover.) More pictures to come!

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Our Not-So-Dining Room

I was going to take you on a tour of our kitchen, then I realized that we didn’t decorate the kitchen part, just the dining room. Then that made me think that  we don’t even eat in our dining room. For now, we mostly eat in the living room. (We will be breaking that habit when we have kids.)

So I’ll be giving you a tour of our not-so-dining room.

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We have a book case for our china. I have a hodge-podge collection of china from both our families. I also have some beautiful blue bonnet pictures that my mother-in-law took for me, along with some wedding memorabilia.

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I really wanted to do a lot of flowers in the house, but I didn’t want to make the house girly, so I limited myself to flowers in the kitchen only. I really love the yellow walls and white panelling though.

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I mostly use our dining room as a home office. This is where I pay the bills, blog, etc.

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And the ever-changing center piece. For now, it’s burlap and a bird cage left over from the wedding, but I already have some ideas on what it might be next.

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Now, my project for this weekend is to continue to leash train our almost-3-year-old dog. Please let me know if you have any advice!

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Flower Bed Makeover

This morning, we woke up early and redesigned our flower beds. The flower beds were set up by the previous owners, but they had been filled with little green bushes and mulch. This winter, all of the bushes except one died.

Jesse’s previous job at a landscaping company gave him some ideas. We wen’t to Lowe’s and picked out some more durable flowers that are more likely to survive the West Texas climate. We picked out some red petunias and some purple robe dwarf cup flowers. When the weather gets colder, we may replace the robe dwarf cup flowers with Mexican feather grass.

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We filled the hole for the plants with Miracle-Gro Garden Soil (with a little help from Willie) so that the plants will grow faster and bigger.

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For the flower bed filler, we replaced the mulch with white marble rocks. We think this makes the windows stand out and will look even better when we get all of the trim painted navy blue.

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After everything was in place, we watered the plants and the rocks down to get rid of the dust. It looks so much better than it did before. I can’t wait until the plants have grown and take up more of the flower beds. All of the work only took about an hour and a half and all of the materials only cost $110.

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Now, if we can get the grass to turn green, then we will have some curb appeal.

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