Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spring Garden

I have been so busy the past couple of weeks packing up my oldest daughter for her move to California that I didn't have a chance to show you what we did in our yard. It was time to spread some new mulch, especially because we will be having a high school graduation party for my youngest daughter in a few weeks.
We're not getting any younger, and our yard just started to seem overwhelming with two long paths that connected and went all the way down to the creek. Too much to take care of.
Y'all know I'm 51, right?

Here's a kind of before photo. As you can see, the big oak tree that needed to come down because it was dying is already cut down and the playhouse has been moved up. It used to be back by the tree.

These photos are all before we spread 15 yards of mulch.

We really needed new can barely tell the difference between the cypress chips on the path(where there aren't any plants) and the beds. To save some work, I got rid of the path and planted some more liriope there.

This is what only 3 yards looks like. Multiply that by 5!

Here are the after photos... The following three photos were taken from our deck. We have a basement, so the deck is on the main floor of the house, but one story up from the yard.

Photo of the yard from the South side.

Photo from the front yard looking down into our yard...

Sammy kept following me around, but evidently didn't want his photo taken! Look at that face!

View from the patio in the woods...

See, no more path here anymore:

For those of you who read my last I write this, my husband and daughter have made it into California, had their double-doubles at In-n-Out burger and should arrive at my sisters house in a few hours. They incurred two days of detours...on Friday the floods between Memphis and Little Rock shut down I 40. Yesterday, brush fires shut down I 40 in New Mexico Nothing yet today, but you never know.
A big thank you to Backdoor Blessings for giving me a heads up regarding the detour on Friday. They were able to go around it and your comment probably saved them about 2 hours.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother's Day!!!


Update: The travelers have arrived at their destination: 5 pm Pacific time (9 pm Eastern)


  1. Pam,

    Your yard looks gorgeous! I can imagine how tired you are from moving that much mulch!!

    I'm glad your husband and daughter have made such good progress.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  2. What a GORGEOUS yard you have! You are blessed to be surrounded with that lushness every day!

  3. Pam your grounds are absolutely gorgeous!! Martina

    PS- I'm ordering 10yds of mulch tomorrow so you know what we'll be doing Tuesday!

  4. What a wonderful place you live! I thought I had a lot of shade! You have your work cut out for you, but it already looks so lovely! You have such beautiful views from your deck!

    Wishing your husband and daughter a safe trip!


  5. So glad you daughter & hubby made the journey safe. Your backyard is breathtaking. It looks like a park. You will have a beautiful setting for that graduation party.

  6. Gorgeous Pam!!

    We did some mulching etc this weekend too. And we are feeling it, this evening.:-) Especially J who moved a small wall, besides mulching. We like the results though.

  7. Hi Pam and I'm glad your husband and daughter are having a safe trip.
    Now your yard is just gorgeous and so big! I just love it. My backyard is like a postage stamp. I could be a little envious! :)
    Happy Mother's Day,
    Shelia ;)

  8. A remarkable yard...
    Manicured to the tee!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    sweet Up-North Mornings...

    Lovely blog!

  9. Pam, your yard is gorgeous. That is a lot of hard work, but it looks so good. Our yard is getting out of hand and our back yard completely died out for some reason and is nothing but weeds. Makes me sick. We will eventually dig it up and start over.

  10. everything is so beautiful. really green and lush. great pics.

  11. You yard is amazing Pam! And your kitty...precious!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  12. Gorgeous Pam... so much effort and you got the fruit... beautiful...
    Hope you would like to feel the beauty and fragrance of flowers at

  13. You yard is looking better than every Pam. In and Out burger sounded delish, love that place! Glad they made it, slow going but that's ok.

  14. Your yard is beautiful!!! I'm hoping to replicate something similar in our backyard. It's completely dreadful and I joke to my husband that we should shoot video of it to win a backyard makeover from DIY network! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

  15. Absolutely beautiful! I hope that one day we'll have a large yard that we can landscape like that. I love your patio in the woods- what a relaxing evening retreat it must be! :)

  16. Your hard work is quite evident. What a lovely landscape!

  17. The yard is so pretty. Everything looks perfectly manicured! I'm glad to hear that everyone made it safe & sount to California!

  18. Your yard looks absolutely gorgeous!!! It looks so fresh!

    Glad to hear that they made it safely!

  19. Your yard is so lush, verdant, and serene.
    You obviously put a lot of loving hours into your garden.

  20. So pretty! Love your backyard!!

  21. Your lawn and landscaping are beautiful!

  22. O.k. now that makes our mulching to be done look like nothing. Your property is stunning. Great, great job!!

  23. What a well manicured yard you now have. Agreed Sammy didn't want his picture taken; but what a sweetie pie he is. See you next week.
    Joyce M

  24. What an absolutely amazing space you have! I'd love to come hide in the woods on that back yard patio. So beautiful.


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