Thursday, May 29, 2008

Weeds, Dirt, and Rocks....Oh My!

I'm embarrassed to say it, but we have been the white trash yard on the block for the last 3 years. This year, we HAD to do something about it. So we've been weeding and shoveling rock for the past few days. And the results are fabulous! (If I do say so myself.)

Before, really I should have taken a picture before I a trimmed the bushes. They were OUT OF CONTROL. I don't claim to have done the best job, but they look 1000 times better. Just you wait neighbors, it's only going to get better!

All of these stormy skies made my job of weeding MUCH easier. Thank you rain, even though you have prevented my kids from being able to play at the park, you have been appreciated for something.

Piles of weeds and lots of slivers later, I vowed to buy myself a pair of gardening gloves. (But it's looking better, isn't it?)

Time for some pretties on the porch. This is first year that these pots have had something other than weeds growing in them to welcome my visitors. I LOVE them and can't help but sneak a peek out the window every time I walk by. (Note to self: DON'T forget to water the pretty little geraniums on the front step.)

We loved the rock ground cover we had in our old house so much. But I.F. doesn't sell it anywhere. So we rented a dump trailer and made a day trip jaunt to Boise and back to buy our beloved rock.
Thank you Miki and Jennifer for a spur of the moment VERY quick lunch. It was ever so tasty and made my whole 11 hour round trip very worth it.

Back breaking work. But look at all the help we have. Seriously, Alyssa and Halle have helped haul just about as much rock and dirt (in their little wheelbarrow) as Jarom and I have. They've been good little worker bees.

Isn't it pretty?! We're not done yet, still one more flower bed to go, but seeing the improvement is such a great motivator.

18 comments:

becky ward said...

GORGEOUS! looks like a lot of hard work, but totally worth it!

i have to take a peek at my flowers on my patio every day too. they just make me so happy!

The Jones Family said...

Looks awesome Elena! I'll have to drive by some time to see the rock cover. It has to be better than refilling your gardening area with wood chips every year!
~Jewelle

Deidra Smith said...
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Deidra Smith said...

Sorry I had to take my last post off. I can't seem to spell lately for anything. Anyways, I said it looks really great. And way to go on the weeding!

Benjamin, Kaylin & Eli said...

WOW!! Soo much work, but it always is worth having it look so nice! I really like the rock.

elena's mom said...

Amazing the difference.

Miki said...

I love your rocks! I'm not kidding...my favorite (even before I knew it was your favorite, I think even before I knew you! it was my favorite). It looks so good. Diana Featherstone (remember her?) had it at her house. One look, and it was my favorite. Good job!

Josh & Joni said...

Great work! That totally cracks me up you went to Boise - I understand!!

Elena Manwaring said...

Thank you everyone. And Miki...SOOO funny that you should mention Featherstones. They actually took our left overs when we did our rock in Nampa. Jarom and I were trying to remember who we had given it to on our way home from Boise. We thought it was JEff (which we decided he took a few wheelbarrows full himself.) but then we remembered it was Featherstones.

Lou & Angela Harris Family said...

Impressive! It looks great!!!

Josh & Joni said...

Elena - I should just email, but I'm not sure which address you use ... I'm not too good at figuring out the best way to reply thru posts, but I was looking at your blog when the phone rang and someone asked me to send them an invite to our blog. So I got on my blog and read your comment. As I was looking at your blog I was thinking the EXACT same thing that we need to get our boys together! Let's plan a day to go to the park!!

Elena said...

Joni- It's a date. If the weather cooperates, let's get together next week sometime. Maybe for a picnic in the park or something.

Emily Loria said...

It looks great!

Lee Ann said...

Oh my goodness! It looks fabulous!

Deanna said...

WWWWOOOOWWWW-IE! It looks great!

What a fun day trip! Rocks. Lots of Rocks. When Tanner says rocks, it doesn't sound very good (it sounds like the f-word, and Ryan and I have never said it, so we don't know where he picked it up!!!), but we like rocks at our house!

Jennifer P. said...

Yay! Looks so pretty! I especially love your pots. Now, of course you can't COMPLETELY de-white trash it. Better run get yourselves one of those wooden cutouts that looks like on old lady bending over, and lots and lots of windchimes :)~

Good job Alyssa and Halle! Want to come work in my yard next?!

Fur said...

Very pretty! I like it a lot! Welcome Spring!!

Debbie said...

IT LOOKS SOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!! Good work!