Saturday, May 30, 2009

Project Hydrangea

When we bought this house our front yard was filled with plants that I abhor - spirea, juniper, cyprus, a dwarf spruce. The backyard was all mismatched and, I think was supposed to be "cottage garden" but it missed the mark, big time.

To cut down on our labor I posted an ad on Craigslist to give away all the trees/shrubs I didn't want. I figured this was a good way to get the job (well, half of it anyway) done and keep the trees alive, cause I'm all about the trees, even if they're ugly.

Craigslist was a huge success and less than 24 hours later I had a clean slate to work from. I decided to have the husband plant Endless Summer hydrangea down the garage side and back of our house because they're low maintenance, gorgeous and the last from May till the first frost in October/November (yes, frost, in the fall, le sigh).

The hubs did an excellent job of digging out the beds, lining them with soaker hoses and laying weed mat down. He was amazing, working long into the night to make sure all these little guys got into the ground!

And we scored a super deal on 15 hydrangea (got $5 off of each for bulk purchasing!). Plus, they were kinda, sorta free since I paid for them with the money I got from selling our old couch, chair and ottoman on Craigslist the week before (score!)

So we have hydrangea in the ground and $300 left for future plantings. Joe landscaped during his summers home from college and his buddy that owns the landscaping company is going to be taking care of the front, other side and back yard for us. I'm super jazz hands over it. So, without further ado, here are our hydrangeas!

the hubs posing for his glamour shot

I would have taken pictures of the lovely little bushes with mulch, but we got a bit of late May frost and I had to cut them back, so they're not as wonderful as they were two weeks ago. But they'll bounce back and then I'll photograph them to my heart's content.

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