What I Did This Weekend

5.26.2014

I hope y'all are enjoying the long holiday weekend. It seems I always use this long weekend to get some things done outside. Last year I didn't share our yard much because we got kind of lazy and let things go like the bed by the pond that got overgrown with weeds and filled with sticks and dead leaves and our backyard is a disaster. Mr. Savvy is going to take a couple weeks off from work this summer and borrow a bobcat to tear up the backyard that is no longer grass, but all weeds, and start over. I sure hope he does this. I really can't stand looking at how bad it looks out there. We try to make sure the front yard looks good though since that is what people see.

After I mowed the lawn, edged, used the blower, spread ten bales of pine straw by the pond and use the weed eater all the way around the pond, I grabbed my camera and snapped some shots. The knockout roses are incredible this year.

The flowers on the front porch are doing well.

Last summer we planted three baby hydrangea bushes out front and two have come back and another one is struggling. This one has a little bloom on it already.



This is where I put out the pine straw. It feels good to have this done.

The hostas always look good this time of year, but will look a bit ratty late summer.

I'll be glad when the ivy fills in this whole bed so we won't have to put out pine straw anymore.







I still want a waterfall, but not holding my breath.

These knockout roses by the driveway are doing well, too.





Last month we cut down the two overgrown holly bushes and replaced them with one of these at each end of the house. They are growing really fast. I can't wait till they get tall.



At the end of the day a thunder storm was moving in, but it went around us.

It wasn't all work and no play. I went to the outlet mall Saturday morning and did some shopping and came home with a few new clothes. I looked in Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, but did not get anything. We went and saw the movie "Blended" Saturday night. Part of it was filmed in our little town and the movie was right cute.

Now it is on too cleaning the mildew off the house and cleaning the windows.

I sure hope y'all continue to enjoy this three day weekend.

Happy Memorial Day!

Don't miss the HomeGoods GIVEAWAY!

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31 comments:

  1. Just found you and I am loving it!

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  2. Kim, your grounds look really good - that's a lot of hard work, I know!

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  3. Good Morning Kim. The roses are gorgeous. Lot's of hard work for you but it looks wonderful. Have a great Memorial Day.
    Kris

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  4. Your yard looks gorgeous and I love the roses, so pretty.

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  5. Your hard worked paid off. You outside is looking wonderful!

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  6. You could do yards professionally, and I would love to be your first customer. I need your touch badly.

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  7. Looking gorgeous as usual....I so forgot about part of that movie being filmed near you!...I will be in your corner with the waterfall....I think that would look great..Have a wonderful day!...company coming and I really wrecked my arm again!!..P.S. Remind Mr. Savvy to clear some space for that garden shed too!

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  8. Everything looks great. I wish we could get pin straw here, but for some reason it's not something the stores carry, must be a southern thing. Sounds like hubby has lots of work in his future.

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  9. Seu jardim é muito bonito,assim como toda sua casa !

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  10. Kim, your yard looks great! The knockout roses are beautiful! Everything is planted around here; and the hubby washed windows and mulched over the weekend. Now, we can sit back and enjoy it all before the real heat sets in. Have a great day!

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  11. Beautiful Kim! We are right there with you. The front got an overhaul last summer, and now we are having to make adjustments to the back as well. The grass will not grow in certain areas due to the shade we have now, and we had to take out 20 lelands this past fall!

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  12. Lazy? You should never use that word to describe "the power couple!" Lol your yard is beautiful, gorgeous and looks like a park! Your knockout roses are beautiful! Have a great Memorial Day! ~Kathy@The Daily Nest

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  13. Stunning! I think you might be at least part machine! You are inspiring, Kim!

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  14. I think you accomplish more in your yard than my husband and 2 sons put together! Your yard looks beautiful. We could have crossed paths...we were at the PB and RH factory outlets on Saturday afternoon. My best bargains were at the Williams Sonoma outlet though. I am out to work in yard right now. Send me your energy!

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    1. Darn! Next time let me know when you are going and maybe I can meet you there.

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  15. Good morning. Made me tired just reading ... whew! But the hard work paid off... it is beautiful Kim. My knock outs are doing well this season.. showing off. Will have to get more to replace the hybrid ones that are too much work.
    Happy memorial Day.

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  16. It al looks so beautiful, Kim. In fact, it looks like a park! Don't be surprised if you find random strangers having a picnic by that pond... :-) Now I feel compelled to go work in the weed patch in my backyard. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Your front yard is beautiful. I have the exact opposite problem. Our back yard area is pretty and the front yard...not so much. We need to tear up the front yard, bring in rich farm dirt, and reseed.
    Good luck with your yard.
    sheila

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  18. Kim - Your lawns looks just gorgeous. How much property do you have? It really looks nice. Looks like lots of hard work and many hours, but it sure paid off.

    Judy

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  19. Everything looks so pretty Kim...love the shots near your pond!

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  20. Pretty home with stunning grounds! Love it -

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  21. I have to hand it to ya. I don't know how you keep up with that yard. The ornamental grasses are beautiful. I wish I could keep a hydrangea alive, much less see it bloom. My world is container plants now, and I'm loving no weeds!
    Brenda

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  22. Everything looks so good Kim. I think some company should give you a waterfall for advertisement... one would be so pretty in your yard. Hope you have a good week!

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  23. It's a gorgeous time of year and your yard looks so tidy and colorful. A pond? Wow!

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  24. I think the Knock Out roses really loved the cold weather this winter. Mine looked the best they have ever looked. Don't you just love how fresh pine straw looks? We cleaned out our storage building today because we bought a lateral file cabinet at the auction just to hold all our paint! Now we can see what we already have! #paint horders

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  25. All of your flowerbeds are looking great. Love the ornamental grasses. I had a lot of them planted when we lived in the South and didn't think I could have them in Illinois. I can! Thanks for sharing your beautiful yard.
    Kristi

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  26. You have a beautiful and land, I say "land" because it looks like you have quite a bit of property. We have around 2 acres, some of wooded and it's enough to keep me busy all the time! There is always something that needs tending to. I just bought 2 1-pt. buckets of Sweet Woodruff for the front of my house. We have a horseshoe driveway and on the side closer to the street we have pines. Under the pines nothing will grow except the Sweet Woodruff. It has filled in quite a bit, but I still could use more. It's very expensive so I only buy one or two a year. It spreads fast though. I have the same thing going on while I'm waiting with the mulch filling in until the Sweet Woodruff fills in. Well enough of that. You have a beautiful place and I'm looking forward to seeing more! Wish I could send a photo of mine.

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  27. Seriously busy! Your landscaping looks beautiful! I'm knee deep in hydrangea planting and moving azaleas here (fingers crossed I can keep them alive!). xx, b

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  28. Talk about a beautiful yard! I can't imagine how much work it takes to keep it looking that way.....

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