When Shauna from Satori Design for Living invited me to be a part of the Outdoor Extravaganza this year, I was thrilled. I LOVE spring. The outdoors. My garden.
I love gardening. Or at least I love learning and reading about plants. I love visiting nurseries and buying new plants. And I even love putting in new garden beds and planting the plants.
But weeding? Watering? Edging? Not quite so much.
I consider myself a better designer then maintainer. I wish I had a crew of fairies to swoop in a clean up the yard.
But the truth is, once it is weeded and mown and top soiled, we really do enjoy spending time in our front yard and use it a lot all spring, summer, and early fall. The boys play sports out here, and we pass many a sunny moment in the blue painted Adirondack chairs that live on our front lawn.
I can hardly believe that I have never actually shared our front yard garden (or really even the whole front of our house) before! It’s high time for a front yard garden tour….
Some of the plants were here when we bought the house, but we put in a big portion of the gardens the first year after moving in, which means that they are about three years old now.
They say it takes about three years for a garden to start to fill in, and I can definitely see the difference in the fullness of the plants this year now that spring has arrived.
I love the big lilac and the wild rose that I planted along the walkway to the front door. In front of them are some beautiful pink peonies that should bloom in a week or two.
Because our house faces north, the gardens up around the house are full of shade loving plants like rhododendrons, ferns, and hostas. I love me a hosta.
A few large pieces of driftwood found on our beach or around the lake are the perfect addition to the front garden. We actually have an enormous faux river bed up in the very, very front of the yard that I will show you one day… after I finishing weeding those gardens.
Some irises border the rock garden area… they look perfect next to the dry river bed since they are naturally suited to watery areas.
And as long as I face forward towards the part of the garden that has been tackled already this season, then I can relax and enjoy the view.
The trick is to simply avoid looking at the weeds that you haven’t had the time to get to, right??
Today some of my favourite blogging friends are sharing their great PLANTS & GARDENS projects as well… Head on by for some more outdoor inspiration. I know I can’t wait to see their projects- and maybe, just maybe, they will motivate me to finish tackling our outdoor space.
We will be back again for the next two Wednesdays with more fabulous Outdoor Inspiration. I think I better head out and tackle our deck next…
Texas Centerpiece by The Blissful Bee
Front Yard Garden Tour by The Happy Housie
Vintage Tool Box Flower & Herb Planters by Satori Design for Living
DIY Patio Planter by Fynes Designs
How to Make a Fairy Garden by Echoes of Laughter
Are you ready for gardening season? Have you already tackled your outdoor projects? Or are you just getting started??