I've been really bad about posting on this blog, but we have been really busy. Here are some of the projects we been working on:
Decomposed Granite and Brick Pathway
I didn't take a before picture, but basically this spot was all dirt and weeds. We Roman was tired of having to pull weeds every few weeks. The dirt was also a pain. A couple months ago, it rained really hard and the dirt washed onto the sidewalk. We wanted something that was low/no maintenance and inexpensive. The decomposed granite only cost a little over $80 for a cubic yard. It was enough for the picture above and the three strips of dirt in our driveway. We put down weed blocker before the decomposed granite and are hoping that weeds won't grow through it.
We chose the lavender plants because they were the right price at $11 each. The other plants are some yellow lilies that I already had in a pot in the backyard. They were neglected a bit, but hopefully they'll come back.
For the pathway, we considered purchasing pavers for a second, but then we decided to use brick which we already had = free.
We are still slowly painting the outside of the house. We are getting to the point where there is more new paint than old so that's encouraging.
We plan to use the decomposed granite in 100% of the front yard. Knowing this, we wanted to get a couple of plants to add a little bit of green. We wanted to buy half wine barrels to plant them in, but we didn't think that we could afford them at $50+ each. To our surprise, when we were at Home Depot, we saw some half wine barrels, which we had never seen there before, for $30 each. We snatched up two.
Our local nursery recommended some plants that would do well in a barrel - for about $9 each. I can't remember what type of plant they are, but they are supposed to get very big to fill the barrels. They'll also have orange flowers. There was a larger size of the plants, but we chose the smaller ones because they were about a third of the price.
After we get the granite in, we'll move the barrels on either side of the porch stairs in front of the columns.
Some other projects were are working on include sewing curtains for the dining room, making new lights for the kitchen, and fixing our porch railings. And, of course, the seemingly never-ending project of painting inside and out continues.
The problem is that we always have these grand ideas of what we'd like to do, but then we have to scale them way down and settle for we can afford, which isn't much. That's always disappointing. Plus, the cheap option always seems to be the most time consuming as well. But it'll all be worth it. It will all be worth it, right?