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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

You'd Never Know if I Didn't Tell You...Right?

Hey Justine! I am showing you a view from the front of my house today!!!! You said you'd never seen it...so here we go!

If you were walking past here.....you'd more than likely never suspect that a deranged plant fanatic lives inside this house...I do get some compliments on the grass...but that's about it.

When I started in this yard the only beds that were here were the two in the front of the yard...and they were filled with rocks....just like the ones next door. They were awful red and grey and white mixed together.....ICK! So..I removed them and got busy. Really Busy! Did I mention I was 6 months pregnant when I started this?

This is the view from the sidewalk just before you enter the back yard.

This is the front bed....LOADED with weeds... as for that huge truck....it used to be here...but was in a big crunch...and is not a truck anymore!

This is under the bedroom windows in the front of the house...not much to see last year..
A view of the front doorway with the Engleman's Ivy growing like weeds!


Yup....that's mostly weeds! chick weed from the neighbors garden got in and I gave up! It could have been beautiful if not for those weeds!



A view of the side of the house....see the window?

Lets get a little closer....MORE WEEDS!!! shame on me!

The same long huge bed...it is hard to photograph this bed....the next door neighbor's house is too close for a good shot!

The corner....my goodness...things weren't that big when these were taken

As we walk away from that corner...

These are all photos from this year past and the one before. I have had so many people ask if I have loads of comments from those in the area....nope! No one even suspects that I am here....and if they do...they don't say too much! (maybe they are afraid of the crazy plant lady! lol)

41 comments:

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Well, I think they are the crazy ones for not asking or saying anything. Your yard is amazing. I'd be at your door begging for help if I lived close by.
I'm in awe of your abilities to work wonders with flowers.
Had to let my silly puppy out, now it's back to bed...lot of work to do tomorrow.

mishebe said...

Maybe they are just jealous. If i was walking past your house I would go directly up to the door and ring the door bell and tell you how beautiful the front yard is and what a joy it is to see it. I have been known to do that a couple of times. lol. Maybe i would even bring you a special Crown for your yard. "THE QUEEN OF the Garden lives here".. mishelle

Linda/"Mom" said...

*** GF, THIS kind of PERFECTION is simply INCREDIBLE!!!~~~ I honestly can't even BEGIN to IMAGINE the time, energy & dedication you've given to all of this, gf~~~ simply amAAAzing! Thanks sooooo much for sharing it w/ us, ESPECIALLY people like me, who love it all but would have absolutely NOOO idea where to start, even if I DIDN'T live in the desert!!! Big, warm hugs and sincerest thanks, LInda

Darla said...

so, I just caught up with your blog. Interesting stuff as usual. Love the purchases you made, and the cracks on the angels bums are funny! I have read the moss recipe before but have never actually tried it. The photos of your yard are very nice. Do you plant your geraniums in full sun or part shade?

Lori Bee said...

Just glorious, Tootsie. Thanks for sharing!!!

Jessica said...

Toots~

Your home is gorgeous and full of charm. I love the windows and how it's slightly open in the first picture. Then the moldings ( or ladder ) looking stuff ( I don't know what it's called...lol. ) Your gardens are beautiful. I too am battling weeds~ my back flower bed is giving me nightmares right now. The front is fine though~ isn't that weird?

Have a beautiful day!

Hugs~ J

jerseygirl211 said...

Tootsie, You put us all to shame, your flowerbeds are fantastic and your lawn is 'to die for'. I love it all, thanks for sharing.

Love & Hugs
'D'

"Blossom" said...

I am learning a whole different vocabulary from you; what is chick weeds? How many plants do you put in? The front yard in the center island I really like that. How many plants are in there. I just need to ship you here with some plants and let you have had it. LOL

Dawnie said...

beautiful home and even more beautiful yard. you definitely have a talent, it dosnt matter if folks comment or not--the beauty is there.

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

I could look at your flowers all day. Oh how I wish I were close enough to walk by on that sidewalk. I know I would stop and take it all in.

Thanks for the huge early morning laugh this morning from your comment on my blog!!! : - )

Donna

Smilingsal said...

My post today is about my gardening efforts too. I seem to have a little different results than you do. lol

THIS is gorgeous.

Betty said...

If I lived next door to you, all my rockers would be turned to admire your yard! It is so beautiful.
I think you neighbors are probably jealous!

Betty

pammiejo said...

They're jealous, that's why! You have an absolutely beautiful yard -and the flowers have such beauty, they trump the weeds anytime! I've learned so much from you, Tootsie. Wouldn't miss your blog for anything!! The neighbors may not talk but that's because they're drooling and they can't make their mouths work! PAM

nikkicrumpet said...

Your house is gorgeous...back or front...it's amazing. And my hubby is drooling over your green green grass!

onlymehere said...

I for one love the crazy plant lady and her yard! I've never seen your house from the front either that I remember. The amazing thing too is I didn't see any weeds, even when you were pointing them out!! LOL! Maybe I'm just used to weeds. Pretty soon we'll be out in the yard trying to salvage what may be left of it. I used to like yard work, now not so much. I'll have to send you photos later so you can inspire me with suggestions!! Cindy

Melissa Miller said...

Tootsie it's a gorgeous front yard!
You are so talented girl! ;)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Tootsie, I am trying to catch up on your postings since I am new. I am just simply amazed at the flowers and the colors in your beds. So many annuals. Do you grow all your own annuals from seed? Your petunias and geraniums are gorgeous.Your hard work certainly pays off in such a beautiful yard. Also being plant crazy is the only way to go :)

Bo said...

Hi Tootsie...I never have seen the front of your beautiful home before either so I'm glad you posted it... all I can say is your neighbors must be blind, mute or more likely jealous... Just for fun I think you ought to paint up a sign & put it in your front yard that says, "YARD OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD"...LOL ;-) Bo

Victorian Garden Gourmet said...

Your gardens are just fabulous. I can never pass a garden shop/nursery/grocery store without buying a plant. You have done such a terrific job-it looks like something out of a garden magazine.
Kate

Lori said...

Your yard is so beautiful! I'm in the mist of cleaning my beds out for spring and summer. I have to do it after work, but it is getting there. My grass has now greened up and I cut it yesterday. I love all of your beds and flowers. Thanks so much for sharing.
Lori

Happy To Be said...

OK Girl thats it...now that you not affraid of flying I am sending you a ticket and you can come here and play in the dirt on my 11 acres..Girl its beautiful..and I seen this last year when you were showning us how to do flowers beds..and Busy was helping you...Its BEAUTIFUL girl and all of your neighbors must be blind not to notice this yard...May you have a great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria Oh Thanks for coming by and not wanying me to toss my kitchen sink into your U-haul..Yipee!! you left me a sink...

Lynns Lovelies said...

Your yard is just simply gorgeous and I so appreciate all the time, dedication, sweat, love and money that goes into your masterpieces.
I just popped over to you from YaYa's blog. Your name is what got my attention~~so Cute!

I love to work in the yard, with flowers, plants and you are one of my inspirations.

Oh and about the neighbors that never comment...is totally unbelievable to me...I am SURE they enjoy your pretties.
Love the Marilyn Monroe quote, too!

Enjoy,
Lynn

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Tootsie, Your home is gorgeous & I'm so in awe of all your plant beds! I love masses of flowers!!! You have to replant all the beds every year??? Does your ivy survive the winter?

WOW! This was so awesome!!! I'm inspired! ♥♥♥ Diane

momstheword said...

So beautiful! I would walk or drive by your house every day, just for the view.

So, seriously girl, come visit me for a month. You will make yourself happy trying to whip my garden into shape and I will make myself happy watching you from the window!

Helen said...

I can't believe how perfectly landscaped your property is ... front, sides, back and all over. I do NOT see even one weed! And your grass, your grass looks like a lush thick carpet. WOW! Crazy plant lady indeed! Like a fox.

Ashley ~ said...

WOW*! Your flowers are gorgeous*!!!

~♥~ Monica S said...

HI Tootsie!!

I love your garden!! Wish I had green fingers for outside gardening.. (I do ok inside though)
Ashley gave me a super idea.. now that the kids might not be all intersted in the boat.. maybe I should fill it with plants!! :-)
We'll see.. or maybe sand for my son and his buddie to play in at first. they love playing with cars in the sand.

Anyway... wish you were MY neighbour.. I'd come over all the time... for tips and off-springs off of the plants.. what do you call that?? we say "avlegger"...

Have a great day!
Monica

Mary / Mariah said...

So pretty , always the best , love your flowers , but oh so much work .
Mary

Sassy said...

I swear everyday I am more and more impressed with you...your family is so lucky...you have given them the garden of eden to live in... Seriously the neighbors are probably just jealous...you know it's like when I post about something I've made or fixed and I think it's too cute or I am just feelin' the need for a pat on the back from a few certain people...they NEVER COMMENT and it hurts...but oh well and what stinks I know they have been there checking out the ol' bloggity blog blog...I want to thank you for ALWAYS being so kind and for sharing your skills and talents with all of us....your home is beautiful and you should be featured in a magazine!!!!!

RainGardener said...

I am absolutely amazed at how beautiful your yard, flowers, grass, everything is! And so perfect! It is lovely and I think if I walked by I would have to stop and tell you that. As it is I sent your page yesterday to a couple of gardening friends that live here. They loved it too! Guess I'd better send this one for the tour!!! Thanks, Linda

Jill said...

Your house is BEAUTIFUL! Screw the weeds.. I didn't even notice them. Your grounds are so well kept. I love the window on the fence! Who put it there and why???
It looks like you paid someone to do the work on your yard. You go girl!

santamaker said...

Wow, how pretty, Tootsie. Your yard in meticulous! I have grass envy and big time flower envy. I need your help with my yard!

Chrissy said...

Looking pretty good for a deranged plant fanatic's house....wish mine looked like that, can you come over???

Sweetie said...

Tootsie - If I were your neighbor I would certainly be asking you for advice. You have such a wide array of beds and containers. All are absolutely beautiful. Also, your home is lovely.
Sweetie

Cathy said...

Tootsie,
You have created a masterpiece! I love the colors and how everything is arranged. I know a beautiful garden like this doesn't happen by accident. It takes hard work, and a big dose of talent!
Cathy

momstheword said...

Tootsie that is to funny. You should save it and then show it to him in about 5 or 10 years!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

You've got to be kidding me. THAT is what you call a crappy little yard? It's friggin' fantastic!!!!!!!! I forget whey you carved a window in your fence though.

Justine :o )

Julie said...

WOW!!! What a house and yard!!! That lawn is something to behold, girl!!! Love it!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Tootsie, You know I wish we were neighbors. I love everything about your yard. It's awesome.
Hugs, Terrie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I think your front yard is beautiful. So inviting. What weeds? It all looks perfect to me! I would not be able to drive by without stopping to look at all of this beauty. laurie

Dirt Princess said...

Let me just tell you that your weeds look great! If weeds can make your beds look that good...I need to leave my alone!!! LOL!!! Beautiful yard!!!