April 5, 2018

Part 6......Last summer

So here is our little house as of summer 2017...The willow tree has grown and has to be trimmed several times during the season to keep it this size...It grows soooo fast! I did what I said I wasn't going to do...Lantana was planted in place of the shrubs...I still fear snakes as we have found baby snakes and grown snakes in that area each year...When I walk outside, I walk fast and I'm always eyeing the ground...It looks beautiful cascading over the rock wall...The red is 2 rose bushes that gets covered by the lantana...I may end up moving them to the back yard...We have talked about some kind of carriage lighting on each side of the garage...That will be another project...I will be sure to share if we do it...I want a tin roof someday...I want to redo the little porch area with pavers and do a stone walkway maybe....I want to talk Tim into doing the driveway in pavers like a Charleston street...lol...We will see...lol...In the meantime! This is our little farmhouse/ Charleston carriage house....Next time, I will start sharing the side yard and back yard!

From The Farmhouse~~Jen


Part 5...The Shutters...

The shutters...I stood and painted these in my pink fluffy house shoes in the driveway...Tim designed the hardware to match the the hardware on the garage doors...

I was so excited to see them go up after all that work on them...They took way longer to do than I expected...And they are heavy!

I talked Tim into digging up the 2 shrubs on each side of the willow tree...It opened up that whole area to some beauty....I will share it in another post...

From The Farmhouse! ~~Jen



Part 4...Picket Fence One Year Later...






House Projects...Part 3

Skipping ahead to last February...I will be skipping around a bit in the front yard...The privacy fence was coming down...Tim asked me what I wanted to do for our 29th wedding anniversary...I said really quick,  "Build a picket fence!!"...So we spent days building a picket fence together...And instead of cut roses, we went shopping for rose bushes to put behind it....

Now, just let me tell you...You probably will not see me in any of these pictures...You will only see Tim...Tim can put on grungy yard clothes and still look good...Me...grungy clothes...Sweating...Cute, not so much! I am the woman behind the camera!
This sweet fence has brought me such joy this entire year as I come and go throughout the day...










House Projects...Part 2

Some of our first projects were building a wall around our landscaping after our front yard flooded a few times and washed the mulch away...The wall took 2 years to build...We bought bricks as we had the extra money to buy them...The first year, the wall on the left was built and a willow tree was added in between the front windows...I bought the willow tree from Cottage Farms on QVC...The next spring, we continued to buy bricks a few at a time, and the right side was finally finished...It was a test of patience because we wanted it done to see the end results...But we do our projects as we have the extra money...

In the meantime, I also persuaded Tim to pull out the bushes that were crowding my butterfly bushes..I did a lot of complaining about those 2 bushes..lol Now they had room to spread out and I was able to see the ground...We have had some snakes up under our bushes, so I always keep that in mind when choosing plants...




Another project in the front was our plain garage door...This was all Tim's creation! The hardware and faux windows were designed by him and made at work...They were applied with strong velcro...Even the handle! It has held up all these years...The garage door goes up and down as normal...

In the picture of the house at the bottom, I see that the privacy fence is still up at this point...I did love the honeysuckle vine growing up over the fence on the left...Over a 2 year period, the fence was taken down on the right, and then the next year the left was taken down...That leads to another project...

And it continues~~Jen