Not the Norm

12.16.2011

 Giving you a tiny break from the Christmas decor posts. Yep, let's do something different. Let's talk yard work. Yep, yard work in the middle of December in northeast Georgia.

In the south we can have some roller coaster weather. One day cold next day warm. Well, in the past week we went from a couple of days in the upper forties and fifties to almost record breaking temps on Wednesday. It was in the low 70's and it was absolutely glorious. It is still quite warm today, but I know it will come to an end soon. I really hope it is cold for Christmas. It just doesn't feel like Christmas with these temps. These temps are not the norm.

Mr. Savvy had already planned on taking the day off Wednesday to work on his car down in his garage. After nagging begging him for the last several weeks even months for new pine straw for our beds out front he finally caved bought them.

I took some before and after shots of the yard that I worked in all day.


 I just love the way the beds look with fresh pine straw. Before the beds had turned silver and looked awful.

This is a before shot with the bales set out and ready to be spread. You can see how drab and silver or gray the beds look.

 Ah, much better. I prefer the way the yard looks in the spring and summer when the grass is green, but when it is dormant I love contrast of the pine straw and grass color.

 This blanket flower is still blooming and we have had a few hard freezes this year.

The verbena is still thriving and blooming some, too.


This potted fern is still alive and well. It actually looks better now than it did in the summer. This is mid December, y'all!



It is so nice to have the yard done before winter decides to get here. Or not. It was nice to get outside in short sleeves and enjoy the fresh air.

 I still have a few more Christmas decor posts to share and Christmas is almost here! Yikes!

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Have a super duper weekend!

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54 comments:

  1. Thats a good looking home. Richard

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  2. Kim, your home is gorgeous! You always have the yard in perfect shape! Everything looks magazine ready! Merry Christmas!

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  3. Kim, your home is beautiful....Love the straw look too.

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  4. Your yard looks great. Ours is full of leaves from the trees. Oh well, when Christmas is over we can clean it all up. So glad you got yours done. Hugs, marty

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  5. LOOKS WONDERFUL. In California, we don't do straw/pine .... I have bark mulch and my flower beds need to be replenished in the worst way... I may need to nag, I mean beg more!!

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  6. Always love reading your blog no matter what you're writing about. I love pine straw but it's not available in the Northwest. Go figure! The Evergreen State and no pine straw for mulch. Anyway, your house looks lovely.

    Merry Christmas, Dana

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  7. Your home and views are beautiful!!! It is nice to get it all bedded down for winter before it hits!

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  8. Your fresh pinestraw looks great. I will BE SURE to show this to Jimmy. (wink wink) I am actually enjoying this warmer weather for some reason. Last night I took Max on a walk around the neighborhood and we looked at Christmas lights. It was so nice, but felt odd. I don't think I've ever been able to do that before. It is definitely unseasonably warm. My pansies are in heaven!

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  9. Kim I like me a sharp edge Looks good I got one for you, I just got the mower out and pick up the rest of the leaves.. in Indiana.... My neighbors look at me like I'm crazy.. But I want it to look perfect..Call it what you want....have a great rest of the day...Everything looks beautiful...

    Pattie

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  10. Looks great Kim. We were in the high 60's yesterday and today it has rained all day long and is in the 50's. Kind of gloomy here, so it was nice to see your sunshiny post.

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  11. Oh Kim you are making me feel so guilty about my yard...We are still in the 70's and even a few days of 80 but my garden is a mess...Even the pecans are still on the ground...Between Kids (the goats) and the Kids (the children), chickens and Christmas photo shoots...I am lucky to wash clothes to replenish my mountain of clean laundry next to the Christmas tree. (am hoping Santa will send me some elves to fold it hehe)

    The new mulch looks great and that ferns is GORGEOUS...is that pond behind the fern?

    Blessings Kelsie

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  12. The fresh pine straw looks so much nicer! Your yard looks great even when its not green. LOL

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  13. Your yard looks so beautifully manicured - I love it! That is one area that I hope to focus upon this spring. Our yard was a mess when we bought our house last year, and we're still trying to get it in order. It's quite a project, and not my specialty. ;-)

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  14. Kim, the yard is stunning! I LOVE fresh pine straw too...it looks so rich. After the blistering hot summers we have down here mine is always fried by August!

    I have to say I am ready for a little bit of briskness anyway!

    Beautiful home...

    Lou Cinda

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  15. The weather is a little weird. Here it rains and is quite warm for the season. At this time last year we had lots of snow.

    Regards
    Elna

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  16. Hi Kimmie! Oh, your yard looks so neat and pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  17. Oh Kim your House Is BEAUTIFUL!!! and so wonderfully landscaped.. Let me know when you want me to come over..

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  18. Ahh, pine straw! Reminds me of our time spent in Alabama. Lot's of pine straw for mulch at least twice a year it needed to be changed. It sure looked great when we were done, though, just like yours!

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  19. Oh- I love the way it looks. Do you know that NO ONE in this area uses Pine Straw? I love the color and the way it lies in a bed! xo Diana

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  20. That looks great Kim. I use pine bark mulch and when its new its so dark brown and rich looking.
    Would you mind saying how you get such a crisp clean line between your mulch and grass.. I always have a problem with that.
    thanks

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  21. Looks great! I have so much pine straw falling I just rake it over in the beds. It has been so warm here, but I think it is getting ready to turn COLD. Though we have had several frosts, my roses are still blooming.I have an eight foot fence and lots of trees, so I think I have kind of a micro climate going.

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  22. You are echoing us quite well Kim. We have fifty pine trees and still buy pine straw...we are nuts. I like to buy it and put it out neatly like you did. We have beautiful lavender lantana cascading over a front terrace and some pink roses blooming. In fact I took pictures of some roses at a historic house this morning.

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  23. I just love your house-even the exterior is gorgeous! We don't use pine straw here-in fact, I've never heard of it. We use different types of bark mulch, so we get the same effect. I wish it was warmer here to work outdoors-our yard has been blanketed in snow for a week or so now. Makes for a festive Christmas, though =)

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  24. Looks wonderful! You are right! It really DOES freshen it up!

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  25. Hi Kim,

    Your yard looks so fresh with the new pine straw. And your flowers look great as well at this time of year...
    Have a great weekend!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  26. Looks so clean and orderly. I like the idea of pine straw. Your yard and home are gorgeous! Last week we were outside picking up sticks and washing windows. It's so good to get outside this time of year!

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  27. Looks so nice! How do you get the crisp borders separating the grass and the flower beds?

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  28. no one uses pine straw around here, actually I've never heard of it until I began reading your blog. It's really very pretty, I wonder why it's not available here. Probably climate difference? ..

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  29. I have never heard of that~pine straw. I don't think we use it up North here. But it is pretty looking. Now do you remove it all in the spring? Do you then put bark mulch? What happens to it?

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  30. The flower beds look gorgeous. I love that little fern .

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  31. Fun, how some pine straw can make us so happy. Lookw wonderful.

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  32. Those ferns don't like hot weather. Course I don't either. But this cold weather here is making me fat because it's too cold to get outside and do anything. With the next door neighbors, I'm not too antsy to get out and even look at their yard. Or them. Anyway, your place looks great. I want a pretty yard!
    Brenda

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  33. Looks so pretty now!
    I had no idea that pine needles
    are a ground covering in beds in the south. We use mulch up here and wood chips. Pretty boring.
    Love the soft fluffy texture that you get from the pine -- especially in contrast with the manicured grass!

    Thanks for enlightening me!
    xox
    Alison

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  34. Ok now you've done it! Now,I've got to get out and do some yard work. LOL
    Looks great, Kim. I just said to Bob this afternoon that I needed to get out and pull up the lantana. I'm hoping the rain will come and I won't have to do it. Well, not really. The lantana is dead and looks awful and I need new pine straw, too.
    Keep up the good work. I need the inspiration. :)

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  35. My herbs are unbelievably Green here in KY where by now school has usually already been missed for snow days. We haven't seen the first flurry yet.
    Your property looks very nice!

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  36. Thanks for the beautiful shots of your home Kim. I love the rich colors and the straw. We can have some pretty wild fluctuations in weather here in Illinois too.

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  37. Kim,
    Your beds looks great with the fresh straw. My husband raked some up from a neighbor's yard and put it in our beds today.We were in short sleeves today here in SC. I love this weather, but it is not natural!

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  38. HI Kim, I did the same thing yesterday. It wasn't as warm as your temps but it was in the 50's so out I went to clean up leaves AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!! It never ends when you live in the woods (which I hate and have hated for 28 years now), LOL! Anyway, your yard looks gorgeous! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous. I would give anything for a neat, pristine yard! XO, Pinky

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  39. Pine straw is something that we don't have up here. We use cedar mulch - a bit more red and perhaps heavier.
    Your place looks lovely!

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  40. Beautiful, Kim!
    My gardens still have crispy, brown hollyhock stalks and shriveled zinnias if you can believe it! The cold weather came fast and hard....well, okay I was lazy and didn't get out there while I still could! If it gets above freezing, I will go cut some of the ugliness down though. It's bad.
    I can only imagine how wonderful it must feel to be able to get out and accomplish so much!

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  41. How nice this looks...we have a yard full of leaves...:)

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  42. Hi Kim, the yard is looking great. We've had the same warm temps and I know it sure doesn't feel like Christmas when it's seventy degrees.
    Have a great Saturday.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  43. Your home is beautiful and the beds look so nice spruced with new straw! Coastal NC blogger, myself, and the weather has been crazy here! My ferns and other potted flowers are still blooming, so I haven't been able to decorate for Christmas very much on the outside. Don't have the heart to toss my plants for Christmas decor! LOL!

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  44. I love the look of pine straw but I don't think they have that here in Kentucky? Maybe they do and I've just been hiding under a rock. :) You are right, it really does look good! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  45. I love the look of pine straw but I don't think they have that here in Kentucky? Maybe they do and I've just been hiding under a rock. :) You are right, it really does look good! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  46. We are having the same weather Kim. I always hope for a cold and cloudy Christmas Day and then it can get warm again. :) We do the pine straw thing too, because we have a bazillion pine trees. Bobby G. has it raked and spread in the natural areas for Thanksgiving Day and it looks beautiful. It's his job! I always hope for one more pretty day in January to finish cleaning up the yard for it's winter sleep.xo

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  47. Just catching up on my emails....Wild weather here in WV this week too. Way too warm! Winter pansies are gorgeous and just full of bloom. Bet when real winter weather hits it will be just awful.

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  48. I took Thursday off to get my crafting/wrapping finished and ended up in the yard as well! Oh, well -- it all needs to get done at some point and we both know how unpredictable ATL winters can be. :)

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  49. A fresh layer of mulch certainly does make landscape beds looks fresh and tidy. I wish pine straw mulch was readily available in my area. I love how it looks. BTW- You have a lovely home!

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  50. Kim, your yard is so beautiful! We live on the East Coast of Canada in Nova Scotia. We have had unbelievable weather as well. My forsythia is presently blooming!!! The poor thing is so confused. Still have some pansies in my pots on the back deck as well!! They are beautiful! I have to say I would much prefer a white Christmas though. :( Merry Christmas to you!

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  51. Kim,
    You have a lovely home. I wouldn't mind living in that area. I'm in Indiana nearing the northern part and it's getting cold. Pat

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  52. Kim,
    Beautiful home! I've never seen beds filled with straw; not a Southern California thing, but maybe it should be....hmmmmmmm. Perhaps my Mr. will bring home a bale or two for the front beds and create an east coast vibe for us! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas. ~CJ

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  53. We don't use the pine straw up here, looks great I wonder why we don't? Anyway catching up been to Florida to see Dad and then got the Hubs cold/flu and lost our router tp a [pwer surge (too many lights) so no computer for a few days...I've missed so much, your place is just gorgeous, couldn't wait to come and see it all...it's like Christmas opening my blogger!

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