I moved in to this house in August 2007. The house was built in 1972.
How can someone (or several someones) have lived in a house for 35 years and have not put a garden in? There was an old disintegrating railway tie about 2 feet out from the back fence to indicate that at some time, someone had at least tried a garden, but nothing remained.
I had a huge perennial garden in my last house, so when the 'Sold' sign went up in May, I had lots of time to divide plants and pot for moving. Of course, when I moved in the garden wasn't my first priority, so I just planted what I had brought in the old bed to overwinter and took the garden off my to-do list til the following spring.
What it looked like when I started to dig in Spring 2008
Done... it really only took a weekend, though I almost killed myself dragging the tree in. The front elevation of the house has a garage and entry, and then steps up to the first floor. That is duplicated outside, so to get to the back you have to carry everything up steps. I can't even use a wheel barrow! I couldn't see where I was going when I was taking in the tree, I tripped on the top step and I went down, totally sprawled with the tree on top of me. Didn't damage a limb (mine or the tree's).
I decided to make this garden as maintenance free as possible. I planted a backdrop of shrubs, most of which flower in the spring. Then I added an assortment of hostas and a pink climbing rose. I didn't want a riot of colour in this garden, so I only added a pink peony for spring, a purple liatris, yellow day lilies and red coral bells for summer and sedums for fall. It is a really restful garden to sit in.
View from my bedroom window today a year after planting:
I needed something for above the headboard in the Guest Room. I had seen these plaques at Homesense, at $12.95 each. The next time I went in they were on the clearance rack for $3.00 each. What an opportunity. I got three. They were a dark stained wood, so I painted them white, then sanded them back to show the carved design. They now look like old ceiling tiles.
I have just found home decor blogs! My first was was Young House Love ... and now to infinity.
I am doing this blog for a number of reasons. Firstly ... I am technically challenged, even though I work for the largest IT company in the world. But dare I say, it was amazingly easy to set up.
Secondly, I think it will incent me to do all those DIY projects I keep putting off. I keep lists. Some times I add things I am currently doing to my list, just for the rush of putting a line through it.
Hi. I live just outside Toronto, Ontario, and am interested in home design and DIY on a budget. I am in my 5th house since becoming single again ... my 10th home since leaving my childhood home - I obviously love the moving process. I also quilt, scrapbook, and love to cook, and spend time with my family.