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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Reveal

No, this is the BEFORE. It does not look bad but it leaves a lot to be desired. Bushes that were not my favorite and holly bushes that I do not like at all. Trying to prune them left me with scratches and pricks on my fingers!!  This was definitely the contractor's easy landscaping.  As you know I am the first to admit that I am not a gardener and I need things that are easy to maintain.  And the door was a boring dark gray....I have pondered for over a year on a new door color.   First the door....

Peacock Blue by Sherwin Williams was my final choice.  I knew I wanted a teal/blue green color but  was debating over several shades. Fionnuala at our local Sherwin Williams store came to my rescue. She helped me narrow down my choices and kept me from purchasing a brighter color that she felt I would not be happy with in the long run.  She was right...this is my perfect shade of bluegreen for my front door.  And I am planning to paint my boring white G a corally pink color for the summer. My artist friend, Kris, and daughter, Amelia advised me on this change.

I have added a few more hostas and some impatiens for the summer! Four sweet potato vines are in the beds as well.  I have enjoyed my dwarf nandinas as they provide a pretty pop of color in the fall and all through the seaons.  The curbing has really helped to keep the grass out of my bedding area. And last, I enjoy sitting on my small front porch these days! I even have a small table for a glass of sweet tea or a cup of early morning coffee.

 My littel Japanese maple made it through the winter...you can see it at the far right. I did give it a little hair cut and raised the canopy a bit. I look forward to seeing it grow every year.  And new mulch just makes everything looks so neat and tidy!

I think everything will look very nice once it becomes established!! I am happy with the pink/fuschia/coral impatiens I planted this year. They will add a nice pop of color once they grow a bit.

Another home chore completed and I am happy with the results.

Don't forget to visit yesterday's post and leave a comment to be entered for the Vera Bradley give away!! I will be back bright and early tomorrow morning to announce the winner. Several people asked when  I celebrate my birthday...May 17th.  I always looked forward to my birthday because it meant that school would soon be out! I love being a May Girl.

12 comments:

Sandy said...

Well, little Miss NonGardener, you made some excellent choices. It looks wonderful. I absolutely love that color on the door. I am serious. Game changer for sure. I find those things to be so difficult to make...I would have stuck with the plain, old dull gray instead of being risky. Great choice!!!

Arlene Grimm said...

Thank you Sandy!! Coming from someone who is a gardener, I appreciate it even more. I guess I know my limitations and I am trying to live within my constraints. I know these plants pretty much take care of themselves. And I do love the door color. From now on I am going to ask for help from Fionnuala....I love her name don't you? She has a sister named Siobahn and a brother named Phinbar. Her father is from Ireland. I love hearing how people got their names...just nosy that way!! Marvin and I liked the name Fiona but we felt it did not go with Grimm!lol

Tina said...

This looks fantastic! You're fortunate to have a porch large enough for a sitting area, I've dreamed of this! The bigger the front porch the better and all I have is I guess what you'd call a front stoop! Anyway, love the front door color and I love Japanese Maples. Great job!

Terri D said...

What a difference you made!! The new color and the new plants and borders look fantastic! You do have a nice place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and watch the world go by. I love what you have done!

Tif Nichols Fannin said...

I'm in love with your door! Perfect choice! And your landscaping looks awesome too.

Tif
www.brightonabudget.com

Nonnie said...

I love being a May girl too and even said that earlier today. Your home looks very nice and very similar to our previous home. That door is beautiful!

Arlene Grimm said...

Tina, i always thought the porch was too small for chairs but I thought I would give it a try and it works!! Terri, I sat out there the other morning and I really enjoyed it. Tif...I am so glad I had a competent assistant at Sherwin Williams...she was on target!!

Barbara said...

I LOVE the color of the door. Perfect. And the beds look wonderful. You did a great job of sprucing everything up.

Mari said...

It looks awesome! I love the new paint color and your landscaping is perfect. When we moved here, there was holly planted too. It didn't last long!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

It all looks so easy, but I'm sure it took quite a bit of work to get it to look like this! You should be on HGTV!

Arlene Grimm said...

Barbara, you are going to give me the Big Head as we say in North Georgia.lol Mari, I gave my holly bushes to my friend, Barry, he is willing to put up with them! Leslie Anne, you are too sweet. I have to admit that HGTV does inspire me to try a little harder around the old homestead.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It really looks nice. We've planted all new plants in front of our home too and what a difference it makes. You've chosen some wonderful plants for your location. I love hostas! Hugs, Diane