You guys! We have had the dreamiest weather in Seattle over the past couple of days. I feel like we had a hint of summer in between the incessant raindrops. And whenever it is decent weather in the spring, we’ve really got to take advantage and get our butts outside. We basically ignore our yard all winter long, because it is cold outside and I am way too much of a wimp to brave those cold temps. That and everything is pretty dormant anyway, so no one really notices. But come spring, things seem to get out of control in our very tiny front yard, very quickly. So we took a recent sunny day to ditch all inside projects and get outside for some much-needed Vitamin D … and yard work.
Last year I had loads of amazing tulips in our front planter, but this year I hardly had any. No idea what is up with that. But the tulips I had were so scraggly I had no problem tearing them all out and getting an early start on my summer plants. I used my favorite purple petunias that are the “Wave” variety.
I use these every summer and they grow and spread really well, filling up my whole front planter. I’ve never planted them this early, so I’m hopeful they make it all the way to fall. I am always optimistic about my ability to grow other flowers, and these gerber daisy plants were just too cheerful to resist. I put a few in among the petunias and we’ll see how long I can keep them alive.
While my front planter wasn’t looking so great before the spring yard cleaning, a couple of the grasses in our industrial planters were looking awesome. In fact, huge. So I just supplemented those with a flowering plant for some spring fun.
Aside from flowers, we did mega-trimming of our heavenly bamboo, grasses, and various bushes and trees around the property. We also edged, seeded, and weed-whacked our grass. These cute guys really worked it.
Finally, we added new mulch to discourage weeds and freshen up the whole space.
It was just so nice to take a break from remodel dust and enjoy the outdoors! And it also got me thinking about some more potential updates for the front of our house… what is wrong with me?! I’ve really got to finish one project before starting another.
Anyone else enjoy a day doing yard work? Or force your kids into child labor under the guise that it is outside and therefore “fun”? Here’s to hoping for more sunshine in our future, friends!