We’ve lived in this house for a few years and have been working hard on different home projects. The lady that sold us the house was retired and made it her daily job to take care of the house. The house was immaculate when we moved in, but we are a young family and not a couple of retired ladies. Keeping the inside of this house clean is more than I can handle, much less the outside. Each spring, I try to work on the yard, but the Texas heat eventually wins and I’m stuck inside with heat exhaustion and migraines.
This year, I am determined to get more done!
I’m watching YouTube videos to get inspired and am relying on indoor and outdoor housework as my workout plan. For my first attempt, I worked on replanting some plants for my stepmom. The plants didn’t do well after replanting and my mom told me that one plant was being overwatered and another had too much sun. Doh!
We have a sickly rose bush in the yard, so I tried to trim it up so that the plant wouldn’t have to waste valuable nutrients on the dead parts.
There are only two trees in our backyard, but they drop a ton of leaves and giant acorns the size of tangerines. The acorn tree shed its leaves last fall, but the other tree didn’t drop its leaves until February. The poor things are confused by Texas weather. Is it going to be 20 degrees or 80 degrees today? Both, of course! There’s a garden area in the corner of the backyard that doesn’t get enough sunlight for most plants, so I’m turning that into a composting area, fueled primarily with leaves. I just have to get the leaves to that spot. So, I spent $50 on a Black and Decker leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher, but I won’t be using the blower much. I managed to put the tool together by myself! So proud! I used it and was surprised at how easy that was. I filled a bag up with mulched leaves, dumped them into the mulching area, and transplanted some lost worms from where the leaves used to be to the mulching area. Then, our lawn guy came and removed the leaves from one of our planters, along with the plants inside it, while blowing some leaves away from the composting area. I don’t think my husband communicated my gardening projects to the lawn guys.
The rest of my backyard is basically a wreck. I need to work on the backyard and the shed to get it all organized and looking nice so that it will all be easier to maintain once the initial grunt work is complete.
Out front, we had a huge planter that fell apart when the plant roots busted through the bricks. So, we got rid of that last year and I replaced it with some flourishing indoor plants. It was cute until it froze and I didn’t protect the plants from the cold 😦 This year, I’m trying to get some new plants going there, starting with lavender, Jasmine vines, and succulents. We’ll see how that goes.
I normally buy sickly succulents because I’m somewhat good at reviving them. However, I wanted to just shove this plant into the ground, so I had to pay full price on this one – $5. I liked that it was already growing so many new buds, though. Hopefully, that means we will have adorable succulents filling up the planter this year!
I just love Asian Jasmine Vines! It’s pretty and will grow without much effort anywhere. It’s my favorite kind of ground cover for any area where I’m not going to walk.
I pulled off some of the lower buds of the succulent and just planted them into the soil. I could’ve started them inside where I know they will grow roots quickly, but I wanted to see if the lazy way would work so that I would know for future reference.
I found where my husband keeps the hedge trimmer, so I trimmed the hedge at our neighborhood entrance. I wanted to do this in the winter, but didn’t. I figured that doing this at the beginning of spring would at least be better than waiting for summer. My husband always talks about needing to trim them, and I always tell him to do it during the winter when the plant isn’t growing as quickly. So, I compromised on my own advice and his procrastination and blammo! Ugly hedges! I think it’ll fill out nicely as spring continues and the trimmings should keep the weeds that grow under the hedge down to a minimum.
We also have some hedges and plants near the front door that need work. Now that I know how to use th hedge trimmer, I’m going to tackle the bushes out front. I love their shapes and colors and want them to be happy and healthy plants.
I trimmed the biggest flowering plant by our door in February and it has been growing like crazy. Seeing this plant in full bloom always makes me happy – one of the only things I like about the scorching heat in Texas!
There are also plants on the side of the house that I haven’t even thought about yet. I’m jealous of the vines that our neighbors have growing on that side of their house. Maybe they’ll let me use some to graft onto our house???
I am so thankful to the previous owner for her hard work on the beautiful plants around this house. I’m hoping to keep that tradition going. To end this post, here’s a pic of Pad Kee lounging on one of my laptops while I work.