Before and Afters of the Yard

7.06.2010

Yesterday I worked in the yard all day. With a yard this large it can take a day to get it done. July is when the yard is usually at it's peak for looking good so I am going to share some photos of the way it looks now and a couple of how it looked a couple of months ago. In August stuff starts looking bad in the heat plus the weeds go nuts.



This was taken in the spring.


This was taken this morning. See how the grass is greener and fuller and look how all
the other plants have grown.





Spring


Now


yesterday before a haircut


today after their haircut


crepe myrtles are starting to bloom







This is my white rose of Sharon  in the front yard.








With the cooler weather we had the past few days and lower humidity our sky has been much
bluer. This is really strange for the summer.





portaluca and superbells in my hanging basket out front are doing well


A lone petunia left in the basket with a spiderweb connected to it. Can you see it?


The monkey grass or lirope has gotten huge this year and the blanket flowers are surviving the heat.


Switched things up on the porch.


Someone's paint job is fading. Guess I need to give him a dye job.


Come and sit a spell won't you?


Linking to Debbiedoos for her new before and after party,
A Southern Daydreamer for outdoor Wednesday,
Faded Charm for White Wednesday.
Jenny Matlock for Alphabet Thursday for the letter "Y".

Thanks so much for all your comments.

Y'all come back now,

KIM

96 comments:

  1. Just lovely ... your yard is gorgeous. A lot of upkeep, I'm sure! And worth every second. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  2. That was a great tour Kim of the B & A...it sure does look awesome right now TODAY!, it always does, but I know what you mean come August, things start getting Yucky then til Fall comes. Thanks for linking up to my first Before and After party! FUN!:) Debbie

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  3. So beautiful! Very nice little bench near the front - a good place to sip your Merlot, no?

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  4. Your place looks lovely! All the hard work is worth it!

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  5. It looks really good. Nice yard and good Y post!

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  6. Kim, your home is gorgeous. It is so beautiful on the inside, and just as beautiful on the outside. All of your plants are gorgeous. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Kim, your garden and your home is just beautiful. As a fellow southerner, your yard is hanging in there much better than mine! Gorgeous!

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  8. Kim,
    Your lawn is beautiful and the landscaping, as well!

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  9. Gorgeous outdoor photos! I love your yard! Everything is looking great! Wonderful idea to do the before and after w/that! I may have to do one of those! LOL!

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  10. What a lovely garden. I was wondering what that small tree was, so I'm glad you told me it was crepe myrtle. I take it you have to prune the new growth off every fall. It's lovely. We can't grow them here.

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  11. Everything looks beautiful. But I must say, the basket of flowers on the front door really tops it all off. Visiting from Outdoor Wed.
    Jane T.

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  12. Kim, Your yard looks wonderful and of course your home is gorgeous! It was 105 degrees today and I didn't want to even walk outside. My poor plants are not doing well in this heat.
    Take care, Sherry

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  13. This is just a lovely home Kim...so well kept. The bushes do indeed look so much better with their hair cuts too. :D

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  14. Your yard and front garden are beautiful! Do you have a sprinkler system to water the lawn in this dry spell? It looks luscious!
    Penny

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  15. so hot and dry here in Pa i haven't seen a green yard in days....so is very nice to see 1 as green as yours!

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  16. Your home sure is pretty, Kim! The grass is so green now, and the plants so lush. Our crepe myrtles have been blooming about a month or so now. So many blooms drift right down to my little pond. A mess to clean out. But they're so lovely. No wonder you stay so skinny. You've got a huge yard to care for!
    Brenda

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  17. Beautiful pictures. You have a very lovely home.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  18. Goodness Kim, your home is gorgeous! Your garden too, it's all just really pretty, even the mulch!

    I hope you had a nice holiday, ours was pretty rainy, but that was OK! We never complain about free water over here, LOL.

    Have a great week!

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  19. It's just way too hot here and no rain in sight for weeks. The yards here are dry and the flowers and bushes look so thirsty and sad. It's nice to come look at your greenery.

    Di

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  20. Your yard is lovely. You got those hedges in shape! I seem to be trimming hedges all the time. I consider it shoulder exercise. Your little dog is adorable.

    xo,
    olive

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  21. Love seeing pictures of your yard - so pretty. I noticed the sky here has been extremely blue in the morning, then changes mid day as the humidity rises.

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  22. Looks great. I know how much work it takes for a big yard.

    I have the same bench you do! Like it a lot!

    Nice pics too.

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  23. I call it monkey grass too Kim. Your yard looks great. Ours feels like concrete under foot now that it hasn't rained in so long. At least the skies are blue.

    -Rene

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  24. Beautiful house...gorgeous landscaping!!!

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  25. It looks lovely! We haven't had rain in 3 weeks, so even with the irrigation system things are browning.
    It has been very hot here, and I am on an island !
    You did a great job clipping. I used to do it myself, but I have to pay someone to do it now. You saved yourself A LOT of $$$!

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  26. You have a lovely yard. Amazing you do the work yourself. I let hubby do all the outside, I dig a whole and drop some flowers in them every now and then.

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  27. Your grass is so lush, Kim. Your yard looks so good and I know you do most of the work so you are doing a real good job. Beautiful flowers. My crape myrtles are finally blooming too but mine are pink. Oh I forgot I have a white too, in front of my mom's window...Christine

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  28. Your yard is beautiful Kim! All that rain we had awhile back really made everything grow a lot! I've had to trim up quite a few shrubs and trees in my yard - I was hoping to only have to do this in the fall!

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  29. You have a beautiful home, inside and out.
    I enjoyed seeing your garden and your
    plant choices are very welcoming.
    Come and visit my site as well if you
    have the chance! God Bless!!
    ~Brooke
    http://creativecountrymom.blogspot.com/
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/WebGarden/261885457648?ref=ts

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  30. Your house is gorgeous! and so is your yard!!!! LOVED all the pics. Don't you just love summer?
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  31. What a great post! I love the Rose of Sharon. They grow soooo fast and drop many seeds in the fall. I brought mine over when I moved from PGH three years ago. They were no bigger then 6" when I planted them and now they are about 4' tall. I have a red/purple one and a white one like yours. Beautiful home.

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  32. Well this is all looking pretty respectable!! Well done! Lovely, lovely place you have--Jacqueline

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  33. Hi Kim,
    You have such a pretty house and yard!
    I love all the blooming trees and that lush green grass. Ours is very "natural" if you know what I mean!!
    That is interesting stuff you mulch with, what is it?
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  34. Your home is beautiful. Lovely garden and landscaping. I can see you give it a lot of TLC. Very nicely done! I adore crepe myrtles. Nice touch with your garden bench and your dog on the front stoop!

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  35. Your yard and home are lovely! Enjoy the "tame" weather!

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  36. Your yard looks wonderful. You have a beautiful home.
    Sandy

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  37. How purdy!!!!! Your yard is really awesome Kim!!! I saw a car like your new one over the weekend and I am so in love!!!

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  38. Everytime I see pictures of your home and gardens I am more impressed. I just ADORE your home. It all looks amazing.
    Thanks for the visit today as well!
    Lisa

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  39. Kim, Your yard and your home are just fabulous. I cannot believe how green and lush your lawn is! I notice you use pine straw mulch. It has such great color to it. Happy White Wednesday!
    Beth

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  40. I LOVE your home! It's gorgeous on the outside so I can imagine it must be amazing on the inside! Your yard looks beautiful too!
    Denise

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  41. Wow! Your yard looks great!

    Happy White Wednesday!
    Lori

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous house and yard! Love the cute bench. I have been looking for one too to go in my front yard.

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  43. Beautiful! So much love and detail there!
    rene

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  44. Wow Kim...everything looks gorgeous! I can't believe how lush and green your lawn is...beautiful!

    I love your home...inside and out!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  45. I've just come across your blog, and I wanted to say your house is stunning! We're getting ready to start building a new house, so I love looking at great pics for inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Hi Kim!

    You yard looks just lovely. Everything looks so nice and tidy! Oh how I dream of a yard like that! LOL

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  47. Beautiful home and yard! I know as a southerner what it takes to make and keep a yard this lovely!

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  48. Hi Kimmie! Oh, your yard is so gorgeous! Your home is so gorgeous! You are so gorgeous! Everything realy is so pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  49. Your house is gorgeous-I love it, and if I ever moved, or had to build, I'd build one just like yours! Beautiful.

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  50. Cyber tour of your garden was a special treat. You have a lovely house and yard.
    Joyce M

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  51. Simply lovely!!!

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  52. the lawn looks great! My husband loves taking care of the grass; the heat usually does a number on it! You're right, the weather has been strange!
    Kathy

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  53. Looks beautiful and reflects a lot of hard work. Love your white crape myrtles and rose of sharon. White flowers are my favorites.

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  54. Your yards look beautiful! You are so right--the yards can take up so much time but so pretty to look at afterwards!
    Enjoy the cooler weather.

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  55. You have a gorgeous yard! I love the flowers on the door. I cannot wait to get my house painted so I can finally start decorating and planting out front. It is so blah right now.

    ~ Tracy

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  56. Gorgerous home! Lovely gardens. Just a lovely lovely place!!
    Pamela xo

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  57. Kim, this is SO LOVELY! What a wonderful place to have family gatherings...I can only imagine how beautiful Christmas is at your home! Thanks for sharing your incredible home! I will have to show my husband...he will LOVE it, too! Thanks, too for always making me feel so welcome! Two months in blog land and your comments are so encouraging! Thank you! www.threepixielane.blogspot.com

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  58. If I had your house, my life would be complete :o)
    Angex

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  59. Everything in the yard always looks so good after it's been trimmed and cut back doesn't it! Your hard work certainly has paid off as your yard looks beautiful!

    I just keep thinking how I'd be afraid to step in your flower beds for fear of a snake hiding in there! You've done a few posts, talking about snakes! Now that's all I can think about!

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  60. What a lovely house!!

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  61. Of all the photos, I like the purple lone petunia...that is so artistic!!

    My Wednesday post -Tall Sail Ships Arriving. Lots of photos! Hope you can come take the tour with me!

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  62. Very well manicured yard! Look at all that grass! Here in SoFla we try to eliminate grass, takes much to much water to maintain....plus having to hire someone to cut it all!
    I've been working on Xero Scaping and so far I have only a teeny bit of grass left...
    Love how yours looks!
    Feels good to work in the yard too!
    Sandy
    http://thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

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  63. Your yard looks beautiful-I live in the country-mine will never look like that! Enjoy!

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  64. Your home is so lovely, and so is your garden! The crepe myrtle is gorgeous. I was just telling a friend that being a gardener is like being in a war. You are constantly battling weeds, bugs and Mother Nature in general. But it's so rewarding when we make a little progress!
    Happy White Wednesday!
    Carol

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  65. OMG!! Your yard is amazing. The Rose of Sharon is my favorite and we have a ton in my yard. They spread like wildfire. We've been enduring a heatwave here in CT and the yard is suffering badly.

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  66. I would love to come and sit a spell! Lovely! ♥

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  67. I love looking at your yard. Your have such a different variety of flowers to choose from than we do here in Ohio. The dog on your porch is cute (almost as cute as your real one).

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  68. Your home looks beautiful Kim, and wow that lawn! Makes me wanna go out front and clean up the porch ;-) Love the flower pics too and the little black doggy, too cute.
    xxxx

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  69. Your yard looks beautiful. I love the hydrangeas.

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  70. Just beautiful Kim! The Rose of Sharon is my favorite!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  71. Hi Kim,

    Your lawn and the gardens in the front of your house look beautiful!!It's been so hot here we've been spending all our time in our pool.Yesterday it hit 103 and the humidity is just awful! Same temps today too. Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  72. Kim, Your home and gardens are gorgeous.I'm a gardener too and would love nothing more but to focus on just that. But alas, our heat and humidity of N FL is taking it's toll already. I am dreaming of cooler Fall weather.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  73. What a beautiful home you have! The yard is lovely. I am forever gardening to keep my yard in check. This is my first visit to your site. Thanks for sharing!

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  74. Beautiful, Kim!!

    I love those white crepe myrtles...gorgeous!

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  75. Such a beautiful home and yard...it shows a lot of love and work!!!

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  76. so beautiful Kim, I just looooove those garage doors too

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  77. Your yard is beautiful! I also noticed your garage doors! That will be our first project in our new home and they are exactly what I was thinking! Thanks for letting me see a picture of how they will look :)
    Wendy

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  78. Your yard makes me yearn to have my hedges trimmed and cleaned up as yours are.

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  79. This is just lovely! You have a beautiful home, and your yard is gorgeous. I love the Rose of Sharon, one of my favorites. Kat

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  80. lovely home,
    beautiful garden,
    remarkable comparisons.
    cute y post.

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  81. Simply gorgeous Yard....a wonderful Y post...bkm

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  82. I am stopping by from Alphabe-Thursday. Wow, you have a beautiful home and garden! I enjoyed taking a tour of your place. Thanks for sharing.

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  83. What a gorgeous home and your landscaping is exquisite. Beautiful photos, too! You are a fantastic photographer. ~Liz

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  84. I enjoy all the shades and textures of green!

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  85. Not that you need one more comment....but, i just had to say how beautiful it looks!!!

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  86. You have a beautiful yard! I was absolutely blown away by the growth of that tree! I had to look three times to make sure it actually was the same tree...

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  87. wow, you have an incredible home and landscaping :D

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  88. Kim this is so beautifullly manicured, my kind of yard and to think that you and Mr Savvy do all of this yourselves is beyond me. It really is gorgeous, Hugs,Kathysue

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  89. Looks gorgeous!!!!!!! Your home and yard are absolutely beautiful!! Are your shutters brown? They look fantastic! I am having such a hard time deciding what color I should go with!!! UGH!

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  90. your yard is magazine perfect...color me lawn green with envy!

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  91. beautiful! You have been working hard!!!!

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  92. Fantastic tour to you lawn and front area, its gorgeous Kim, and you maintained it so well, really thanks for sharing, I am feeling very happy and pleasurful after seeing your gardens, have a lovely day...

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  93. Kim, what an absolutely beautiful and gracious home you have.

    Your afters still look really excellent. This time of year in Arizona everything becomes brown and crispy and parched (including me!) so that looks awfully lush to me.

    Your spring pictures are breath-taking. I hope you put that lovely home on home tours. It is certainly worthy!

    Thank you for linking up to Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "Y"!

    A+

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  94. Your yard is magazine worthy - thanks for sharing - it inspires me.

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