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Spring Flowers!

I had hoped to post this some time last week, but alas, it was raining until pretty much today.  For the past two weekends, William and I have spent a ton of time in our yard, working in our flower beds and just generally getting everything cleaned up.  For the past couple of years, work travel has made it difficult to pay too much attention to our yard, but this year, we’ve doubled down on our efforts, and it really looks nice now.

Our activities involved: weeding, laying down weed mat, laying down 34 bags of mulch, mowing (of course!), weed-whacking, edging, trimming bushes (mercilessly, I might add), trimming around all of the iris, and planting new plants both in the ground and in pots.  It’s been work, but it’s just so nice to see the completed project, it was worth it 🙂

On top of all of that, this year, we bought our plants from a local greenhouse – Spring Creek Farm Market in Columbia City for those who are local.  If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll remember that in one of the many bitterly cold days during the winter, we had a flat tire on our way home from work.  It just so happened that it popped right before Spring Creek Farm Market, which was very lucky for us.  We pulled in their drive – a nice flat place to change a tire on an otherwise very busy road with no shoulder because of all the snow.  While we were starting to change the tire, a nice man named Jim came out of the building and offered to help.  He made the whole process go so much faster, and we were so blessed that he was there.  As it turns out, he owns the Market, so we were just waiting for spring to pay back the favor by buying things from him.  The good news is that the plants were all super healthy and beautiful, and we were so excited to plant them in our yard this year.

And now for the part I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for – the pictures of our labor 🙂  Warning: there are a ton this time!

DSC_0026-EditView from the road of our front yard – those beds hadn’t been mulched in 2 years

DSC_0031Flower bed next to the driveway.  We added the orange coleus (from Spring Creek Farm Market) and the copper-colored pot at the top of the bed this year

DSC_0035Flower bed leading to our front door, under the dining room window.  Flowers in the pots were all from Spring Creek Farm Market

DSC_0033Flower bed under our bedroom window – I trimmed the boxwoods in this pic like a mad-woman

DSC_0040Our new copper pot with these cute little daisy-looking flowers with purple centers and underside (from Spring Creek, of course)

DSC_0007We added a birdbath to the bed under our dining room window.  As we learned from William’s Aunt Jean, planting flowers in the birdbath is an excellent way to add color and height to your flower beds – we love this idea!  The petunias are from Spring Creek.

DSC_0004Pansies in the pots on our front porch.  We can’t take credit for these – William’s parents planted them while they were here, and they are just growing gangbusters.  We love how happy and bright the pansies are.  And, it just so happens that they are my sorority’s flower too 🙂

DSC_0012Small pot of succulents on the plant stand on our front porch.  We got these at Meijer, and I just think they are so cute!

DSC_0017Geraniums and herbs on the back patio.  William’s dad and my mom and grandmother always loved geraniums.  We figured it would be nice to honor all of them with these beautiful salmon geraniums from Spring Creek 🙂

DSC_0046And finally, a house plant  that we bought at Spring Creek.  This is a jade plant.  Whenever we visit William’s Uncle Fred in Alaska, we are always so jealous of his jade plants and century plant.  As our homage to Fred, we had to get one of these 🙂

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