Friday, June 23, 2017

Garden Friday

 The move to the new house was finally complete this week.
Our home is on just over 1/2 acre of land,
which is far less than we were originally hoping for.
Turns out, there is plenty of outdoor space for our various projects.
It was lovely to discover the magnolia tree smack in the front yard.
It just screams Southern Home.

One of the first ventures I'd like to work on is our mailbox planter.
We will replace the mailbox itself with a larger one
(we tend to get lots of packages).
Then I'd like to add some native flowers around it,
as well as sow some sunflowers for the birds and bees.

This butterfly bush will no doubt be a gathering spot
for local pollinators.
I look forward to adding a number of butterfly host and nectar plants.
Consideration is being made to creating a butterfly nursery in the side yard,
so that we can share our love of these critters with others.

This is the side yard where I hope to create various gardens
and possibly start a native nursery.
The mature trees that surround it provide a wonderful backdrop
for just about anything we can dream up.

 Tucked into the corner of those massive trees
is this alcove, perfect for a compost pile.
This will be one of the first outdoor projects we tackle in the fall.

 Our backyard is mostly wooded and quite sloped.
I'd love to create a woodland garden here,
again using native plants
(but no poison ivy!).
The bird population is fantastic,
and we awakened on our first morning
to the glorious sounds of our feathered friends.
The goal here would be to make it more usable.

 This is the view from the edge of our property line
looking toward the house.
The privacy is stellar,
especially considering that we came from a house
where you could literally see into your neighbor's house.
We love that we are part of a community,
but everyone has ample seclusion.
We are blessed with the best of both worlds.

One of the things I soon discovered (to my delight),
is that almost everyone who lives here is a gardener.
I counted numerous veggie beds planted,
as well as expansive landscaping along my walking route.
It seems that I am in good company.

For now, the "tin can garden" that we started at the rental,
will be housed in this little area on the southeast side of the house.
I'm hoping that in a couple of weeks, when the boxes have all been unpacked,
the sowing can commence for summer and fall crops.
Until then, what we have will be nurtured as time allows.

So many possibilities for this piece of property.
We are so happy to have our own hunk of dirt.

What's growing in your garden this first week of summer?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

And so it begins...

We are moving into our new home tomorrow.
It's been a long time coming,
and we're really looking forward to the adventures that await us.
The former owners have been out of the house for a week,
so we took some time to paint before actually moving in.
It feels so good to be able to put our own stamp on the place.

C decided on a lively shade of orange for his room.
We started painting and then realized that the color we were using (on the right),
was actually slated for the fireplace.
Thankfully, we made the discovery before we got too far.
 This is the first time we've gone to the expense of using
No VOC paint.
Better for us, better for the environment.

It's so great to see him taking ownership of his space.
He enthusiastically helped with the painting
and a few other chores we got done this week.
We all feel very comfortable in this home,
and have from the first time we saw it. 

Big K chose a sage green hue for the master bedroom.
This room faces the north side of the property
and doesn't get much light, especially when the trees are full.
This house is very light and airy,
and the pastel colors we're using will enhance this feature.

My room is a shade of my favorite color on the planet, periwinkle.
It's calming, soothing and centering.
This room will consist of a daybed and my sewing machine.
We will customize all of the closets.
I'm hoping to fit all of my "daisy tote"  materials here.

 The painting took us a couple of days.
We plan to go back and touch up the trim in a crisp white.

One thing I have to say
is that I don't know anyone who is a messier painter than me.
Big K paints and paints and never has a drop on him.
I, on the other hand, have paint in every nook and cranny.
A good scrubbing and I'm good to go.

Another job C assisted with was to remove the many items hanging on the walls.
Here he is dismantling the molding that was covering up the tv wires.
He also installed the back door locks.
One of the first things we did was change the locks on the doors,
because you just don't know who might have been given a key.

With the bedrooms painted and the locks changed,
we're ready to tackle a few more things.
It'll be so much easier to work on projects 
once we are actually there.
No doubt the next few days will be busy,
but we'll try to keep you posted on our progress.

It's wonderful being a home owner again!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Garden Friday

This week's Garden Friday comes to you for the last time
from our rental here in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina.
The move to our new property is scheduled for next week,
where we will begin a new adventure as a family.

Our "tin can garden" will be making the trip with us.
The beauty of growing in containers
is that you can, indeed, take it with you.
Much of what we started here on this property
will be restarted for the new growing season.
We still haven't figured out the logistics of where the veggie garden will end up,
but it's wonderful to have this time for planning and designing.

Two of our tomato plants will be readying fruit for the next tenants.
The variety on the left is the Arkansas Traveler
and on the right is the San Marzano type.

 These are sometimes called "paste" tomatoes,
because they are used for making gravy (pasta sauce).
Their shape is more oblong than standard tomatoes.

 The first Arkansas Traveler was spied yesterday.
Fortunately, we have more transplants to take with us,
so we hope to be able to sample these crimson gems later in the season.

 The six months we have spent here has been challenging.
There is just no getting used to renting
when you are homebodies like us.
We are so looking forward to nestling into our new home.

 Having been in a temporary residence for this short time
will allow us to truly appreciate having our own space.

 The garden here was planted by someone else,
and it has been thrilling to watch all of the changes
from December through the late spring.

It's almost like a new beginning,
discovering about growing in a less mild climate than I was used to.
Nothing tropical here,
so I am hopeful to visit some local botanical gardens
to  explore what does best in our region.
There's always something new to uncover.

I can't say we'll miss this place,
as wonderful as it looks in pictures,
it's been a trying experience.
Maybe we'll share that sometime in the future.
For now,
we choose to focus our attention on what is,
and that means a brand new start in our state of choice.
Hoping that you are feeling blessed on this late spring weekend.