The Flower Bed

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Here’s a long overdue post. For some reason these garden posts are the hardest to put together. I guess it’s because I’m never really happy with the photos in them. Too green, to bright yadda yadda yadda. Anyway this is also the second time I write it because as I was happy to have finished it an hour ago I for some reason wasn’t able to save and it was all gone. So frustrating!

Anyway. Here goes.

The photo above is from just before we moved in a bit over two years ago. The flower bed in front of the basement stairs looked very sad an bare. As did those god awful fleshy pavers.

 

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After a couple of months, not so bare anymore but still sad. Everything as so overgrown with weeds and grass.

 

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I tried best as I could to sort things out but the layout and the multitude of different flowers was just too much and I knew I would have to do something drastic about it.

 

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So I started to make plans for a simpler back yard. Both simpler to the eyes and to maintain. I actually ended up doing pretty much what was in my plan except for the concrete pavers which I skipped.

 

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As the deck got built the flower bed became a continuation of it. I didn’t save a whole lot of what was originally there, gave most of it away to neighbors and random people via the internet. I did save some hostas, the clematis and a peony.

 

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I also saved that yellow thingy close to the deck but later got rid of that too as yellow in the garden’s not my thing.

 

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I finally got started replanting after the deck was finished. I basically dug all this out.

 

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Like so, only leaving the peony in it’s place and a tiny white rose which I salvaged from another flower bed. Also the clematis runs wild in my back yard and I intend to keep it that way so I just left that as is.

 

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I lifted the clumps of hostas out on to the lawn…

 

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… divided and replanted them as a border. They did look a bit sad and leggy last summer since they didn’t have anything to lean against. I also added three white Endless Summer hydrangeas which look puny here but which are supposed to become 150 cm tall eventually.

 

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This photo was taken earlier this summer. I’m really pleased with the hosta border. The hydrangeas are still quite small but have had beautiful blooms (there are still some).

 

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Until the hydrangeas reach their full height and width I’ve filled the gaps with some marguerite daises. And that white blob towards the back is the white rose I saved which turned out to be beautiful once it got better growing conditions..

 

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And there it is all nice and lush. As you can see from this view the lawn was still in pretty bad shape earlier when I took these photos (we’d hardly not had any rain so my grass seeds didn’t want do do their thing) but happily that’s filled in since.

 

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There, I did it! The post is up, finally!

If you want to know more about the garden there’s a category in the archives named  In the garden so check that out. If you want more about the deck and how it was built etc , try typing in “the deck” in the search bar at the top of the sidebar and you should find it all there. The search bar is actually a pretty great tool which I use all the time myself when I look for earlier posts.

Happy gardening!


Odd Jobs

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I’m a sucker for finishing off stuff. Hate, hate hate, little things that don’t get done for one reason or another. The last week of my vacation I went around the top floor of the house with a caulk gun and wood colored filler. I filled all the little left over gaps from when the new floor was laid two and a half years ago.

 

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The old floor, or rather two layers of old floor + subfloor, was higher than the new floor and while my contractors added slightly higher skirting boards there were these gaps from where the vertical trim meets the floor. I didn’t give them enough time to do the finishing touches and instead planned to do it myself. It’s bothered me every time I’ve been up there and I finally did something about it. And it feels SO good. Still to do is give the not-entirely-white skirting boards and that threshold a lick of white paint. Maybe this Christmas.

 

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I also got the same little ok rosettes to cover the pipe holes like I did in Wille’s bedroom. They really do finish things off nicely. These I haven’t glued together yet as I need to paint the skirting boards behind so there’s a tiny gap so I can open them up and remove them when I’m ready to paint. After that’s done I’ll use wood glue to shut them up.

Like I said, I just love finishing things off.


The Finished Stairs

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So my stairs are finally done. It’s been quite a saga which you can read all about here, here, here and here.

 

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Again it was quite a big and messy job tearing and prying off the old step kit and then filling all the dents and dings, sanding everything down to get a smooth finish and caulking all the gaps.

 

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I was under a little bit of stress during this project because I wanted everything done while Wille was away for a few days and finished by the time he got home since he’s the one that actually uses the upstairs and needs access via the stairs to his room and the bathroom.

Stressing is not a good thing. 1. I spilled half a can of paint onto the stairs. Luckily I could just sweep the paint further down so it got used up that way. 2. As I was sweeping halfway down I heard Mini’s bell UPSTAIRS! I thought she was outside! Picture me on the tips of my toes catching Mini on the landing JUST before she was about to come down. Phew!

 

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Anyway, here’s the finished product. SO happy I can finally tick this project off.

 

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And here’s a before for good measure. You can check out a post about the stained handrails here and if you haven’t had enough of stairs there are also posts on the basement stairs here, here and here and on the entry hall stairs here and here.