Now that school is finally finished for the year, we are enjoying our time outdoors. We spend most of our time down at my parents’ beach, but every now and then I can convince the kids to leave the beach before 9 p.m. and will get to enjoy my own yard. Not often, but that’s okay. My mom and dad’s yard is pretty beautiful, and you can’t beat swimming on Wolf Lake. We have also made a few improvements to the barn yard. With all of the flowers planted, I thought I would give you a little tour of some of our outdoor spaces. Maybe you will find some inspiration for your own yard, or maybe you won’t, but I’m gonna show ya anyway! So put on some sunscreen and your walkin’ shoes, and we will take a tour of our little Fazakerley compound we got going on down here on Grover Road.
First up is my front yard. I’m not even going to show you the back, because, well, it’s ugly right now. It’s pretty wooded, which I love, but the mosquitoes are so plentiful that I can hardly stand being out there unless I’m sitting by the fire pit. And that’s only if I have a s’more in my hand. So, yes, it pretty much takes the lure of s’mores to get me back there right now.
Okay, back to my front yard. It’s definitely not perfect, and every year I switch some stuff around. And I have one kind of pain in the neck problem…hard water. We had to get creative on where our sprinklers fell so they wouldn’t stain the house or driveway, and we made sure to have a flower bed border between the grass and house/driveway to prevent the staining. So here is what the border around our driveway looks like.
And this year, I added Dwarf Alberta Spruce to each big pot. I always used to pay $5 for a fountain grass that lasted one summer. These were $7 and hopefully will live for a couple of summers anyway! Plus, I can pull out the dead annuals and string them with lights for Christmas and winter! So make sure you think about incorporating bushes and trees in your pots to make an impact in all seasons!
Here is a cluster of pots filled with annuals to add lots of color. Tucked in the mix are my girls’ little fairy gardens they put together. It was so fun letting them pick out little plants and accessories to add, and they planted them while I was potting other plants.
Sitting on either side of the entryway to my front porch are two urns. I found these tropical plants on clearance at Lowe’s for five bucks! I just plopped them in and added creeping jenny. So simple, but I think they look nice. Plus, I can bring the tropical plant in over winter and try to keep it alive…bahaha!
And lastly, I will give you a peek at the front porch décor. Pretty much everything out here is vintage and collected super cheap over time.
Whew! Thanks for staying with me this long! Hopefully, you picked up a few ideas for your yard and garden! The next post will feature my mom’s yard, so make sure to look for the Grover Road Garden Tour part 2!