THE FINISHED LANDSCAPE!

I still can’t believe we never posted about our finished landscape. After all that work and all those updates along the way – we never showed off the finished product! I think it was such an effort to do the landscaping that the thought of describing the final push to finish was too much to write about! But now we’re a bit removed from it and we get to enjoy the beautiful work every day as it blooms and brightens up the front of our house….so it’s time to share! Todavia no puedo creer que no habiamos posteado sobre el resultado final del jardin. Despues de todo ese trabajo y todas esas actualizaciones que escribimos – nunca mostramos el resultado final! Creo que fue tanto esfuerzo para arreglar todo que pensamos que describir el empuje final seria mucho para escribir! Pero ahora  estamos un poco mas alejados de trabajar en la instalacion, y podemos disfrutar del lindo trabajo hecho todos los dias mientras la flores crecen y nos alegran el dia…es tiempo de compartir el resultado!

this may seem a little weird – but this is Hickory Slims posing last December in front of the house – note there is NOTHING in the front bed! Very different now. DSC_2969 (1)

When we left off last time, I think all we had left to finish was to clear out the weeds and sod from the shade garden on the far left side of the house and then we had to plant all of the plants. In the front we have 6 butterfly bushes, a bunch of little purple flowers (can’t remember the name…typical), 6 hydrangeas, two peonies, a bunch of GORGEOUS calais lilies, three bunches of Mexican shell flowers and clover bulbs, a pot of alyssum, and a shade garden with hostas, japanese ferns, autumn ferns, 5 azalea bushes and three nandinas. We also still have the two half-barrels full of pansies and then of course the 5 rose bushes on the side of the house. It looks AMAZING! La ultima vez que les contamos sobre el jardin, creo que lo unico que nos quedaba era limpiar las malezas y pasto del lado de la casa que tiene mas sombra y tambien plantar todo. En el frente tenemos 6 matas de mariposas, un monton de florcitas purpuras (que no nos podemos acordar del nombre…tipico), 6 hortensias, 2 peonias, un par de manojos de lirios magnificos, 3  montones con bulbos de flor de tigres y shamrock, un masetero con aliso, en el jardin de sombra tenemos hostas, helechos de otono y japoneses, 5 arbustos de azalea y 3 nandinas. Tambien tenemos 2 barriles llenos de Pensamientos y claro, 5 rosales en el lado de la casa.
Se ve INCREIBLE!

this was from the day we started in January – see what is to the left and right of my feet – weeds and weeds and sod!20130714-185659.jpg

When we first planted everything, they were all teeny tiny baby plants that you could barely see from the street. It looked like we had planted a bunch of dead twigs as a joke. The hostas were tiny, the ferns looked dead with just a couple of leaves poking out from the ground. The hydrangeas didn’t have any blooms or leaves, and all of the bulbs were still underground, leaving a huge empty space in front of the planted hydrangea-twigs. Cuando plantamos todo, todo era chiquito. Las platitas bebes apenas se veian desde la calle. Parecia como si hubiesemos plantado un monton de plantas muertas como broma. Las hostas eran enanas, los helechos parecian muertos con una u otra  hoja saliendo del suelo. Las hortensias no tenian ninguna flor u hoja, y todos los bulbos estaban bajo tierra, dejando un espacio vacio en el frente de la casa donde las ramas de las ortensias estaban solas. 

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when we first planted the shade garden – tiny hostas and ferns!20130714-190753.jpg

see the tiny sticks coming up from the ground near the house? those are our butterfly bushes a couple months ago…
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planting hydrangeas 20130714-190657.jpg 20130714-190735.jpg 20130714-190712.jpg 20130714-185558.jpgabove – the shade garden in April // below – the shade garden todayDSC_1834

But then…the rains came. And the heat came. And the sun shone through the clouds like heaven was smiling down on our hard work…and lo and behold, we had sprouts, followed by full-fledged leaves, followed by BLOOMS! And it looks AMAZING. I didn’t expect to get big enough hydrangea booms to pick and bring inside, but we’ve had PLENTY of those. I have to prune them back because they are so big! The shade garden is flourishing and it looks awesome. The butterfly bushes grew to 10x what they were when we first planted them and the blooms are vibrant and beautiful. Pero luego llego la lluvia. Y el calor. Y el sol aparecio entre las nubes como si el paraiso sonriera frente a nuestro trabajo….y sin esperar mucho, teniamos plantas creciendo, hojas aparecieron, seguidas por flores! Se veia GENIAL! No esperaba tener flores de hortensias lo suficientemente grandes como para cortarlas y ponerlas dentro de la casa, pero hemos tenido mas que suficientes. Tuve que podarlas porque estaban poniendose muy grandes! El jardin de sombra esta floreciendo y se ve genial. Las matas de mariposas crecieron x 10 veces compradoas cuando las plantamos y tienen flores de colores vibrantes y hermosos.

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The Mexican shell flowers came up after a bit and they are so interesting! They only bloom for one day, then they close up and die and a new one comes out from the same pod the next day. It’s really cool. The calais lilies are my personal favorite – they are colorful (I’ve only ever seen white ones – these are so beautiful!) and they last forever. We got more than we expected which was an added bonus when they surfaced. The azalea bushes have taken awhile but they are finally coming through with beautiful pink blooms. What else? Oh yes – the peonies. We didn’t get any blooms this year, but that’s normal, especially because we planted them so late. They’ll be great next year! Las flores de tigre salieron despues de un timepo y son muy interesantes! Solo florecen por 1 dia, luego cierran y mueres para que una nueva flor aparezca en el mismo lugar al dia siguiente. Es entretenido. Las calas son mis favoritas- son coloridas (solo habia visto blancas – estas son hermosas!) y duran mucho tiempo. Salieron mas de las que esperabamos asi que fue un bonus cuando aparecieron. Las azaleas han demorado un poco pero finalmente estan floreciendo. Que mas? Ah si – las peonias. No tuvimos flores esta temporada, pero es normal, porque las plantamos tarde. Se veran muy bien el proximo ano.

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roses – todayDSC_1797 DSC_1813 DSC_1810 DSC_1805 DSC_1802DSC_1843 20130714-190202.jpg

above – the landscaping in January

below – landscaping today
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more before (above) and after (today)DSC_1840 DSC_9757 DSC_9736 DSC_9734

So that’s that!! Our lovely Los Rodriguez Mansion has some curb appeal – finally! Asi que eso es todo!! La mansion Rodriguez tiene una nueva fachada que se desde la calle – Por fin! 

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  1. Love your blog!
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  2. Anonymous says:

    Your flowers look amazing! Cngratulations. It is hard work. I know, I too have been busy in my yard. Hope to see more pictures later when it is really established! Great job!

    • Thanks! It is hard work, but once the little plants start growing and blooming, all the work turns into just happines and bliss. Good luck with your yard!

  3. looks great! good job you two!

  4. Beautiful work! It is so cheery!

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