Swan Garden

Jun. 1st, 2013 03:15 am
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In addition to the Corner Garden in the front yard is our Swan Garden, so named because, look, a swan!

When we first moved in, there was a weird planting bed in the front yard, but nothing was growing in it--just red lava rock.  It was too empty then, and it's too full now!  My roses refuse to grow the size stated on Helpmefind.  My pink Knock Outs dwarf the Caldwell Pinks behind them.  And Jane magnolia looks like Cousin It.  We had her pruned earlier this spring by a tree surgeon, but I'm going to have to work on her some more to shape her a bit.  Right behind the swan is a Belinda's Dream rose.  The rose world seems to be over the moon about her, but she is a wimp in my garden.  This is the second one I've had, and I'm convinced she is happier in a warmer climate.  She barely makes it through our winters.  I'll post a photo of her blooms when she complies.

There's our home before we bought it.  Still has the "for sale" sign in the front yard.  If the garage door looks saggy--it was.

It was jury-rigged together.  Looking at all the rock and black plastic in the yard, I'm so glad we've gotten rid of the majority of it!  I had never gardened much until we moved here.  I had to garden in order to rid ourselves of all the ugly!

Last year, we had our floor guy lay new carpet in the two upstairs bedrooms (finally got rid of that '70s brown carpet!).  When he came through the front door, he grunted and said, "I thought you were going to replace your door."  Well, yes.  It was cracked and broken when we moved in--12 years ago.  So was everything on the property, so it was pretty low on the list!  Anyway, his little jibe made us get serious about doing something with the door, and we finally replaced it.  Isn't it a glorious purple?  It makes me happy every time I see it.

Date: 2013-06-01 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pondhopper.livejournal.com
The swan garden isn't too full...it's glorious!
And I am in love with your purple door. I didn't even know you could get a purple door.

Date: 2013-06-02 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
I am going to shape up that magnolia to look more like a tree than a vertical shrub!

We painted the door. I told my husband what I wanted, and he came home with a quart of paint--just sure there was some mistake! I reassured him it was just right, and he allowed himself to be talked into it. Now, I think he likes it as much as I do!

Date: 2013-06-01 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lorelei-n.livejournal.com
Wow the front garden transformed the curb appeal!

Date: 2013-06-02 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
And the new roof, new driveway, new windows, new garage door, new door, and new siding... Every little bit helps!

Date: 2013-06-01 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntconi.livejournal.com
I agree with Donna - the Swan Garden is "glorious"

Things look so nice around your home... Beautiful!

Date: 2013-06-02 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
We enjoy them in spring. It doesn't stay lush looking when the heat of the year hits.

Date: 2013-06-01 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curiouswombat.livejournal.com
Your whole garden just looks so much happier since you moved in. And the purple door is fabulous.

Date: 2013-06-02 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
I think our home and yard are relieved we're living here! When we first moved in, a neighbor across the street confided in me that our house was called the "Divorce House" because everyone who lived here broke up!

Date: 2013-06-01 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] embrace-2012.livejournal.com
Beautiful house and swan garden. I love your swan. :)

Date: 2013-06-02 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
The swan has been here through at least three owners. It's so darn heavy no one wanted to take it when they moved! I was delighted it stayed. I need to plant some vinca in it. I haven't gotten around to that yet.

Date: 2013-06-01 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wifethatprays.livejournal.com
Love the eggplant door! And your gardening skills are enviable. I can only grow herbs and veggies. I adore the beautiful flowers and bushes you've created!

Date: 2013-06-02 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
I choose roses that can survive anything, so I'm not showing off a green thumb. Roses survive in old cemeteries and abandoned houses, so they are pretty tough if you get the right ones.

Thank you!

Date: 2013-06-02 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jazzyglo.livejournal.com
Your home is really beautiful since you began to care for it. I LOVE your purple front door!!!!

Date: 2013-06-03 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
I was talking to a woman who lived a couple of blocks from us, and she said they had looked at our house and had decided it was way too much work! We knew it was a ton of work, but we got it very reasonably, knowing we'd have to put a ton of work and money into it. But we could do it as we had the money and time. The funny thing that happened was that when we had the time, we didn't have the extra money; and when we had the money, we didn't have the time! We were fortunate that Bojojr still lived at home and helped with so many of the projects. We always have a project in the works--it keeps us out of trouble!

Date: 2013-06-03 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crooked-halo.livejournal.com
There's something very, very appealing about a 'fixer-upper' to me. It's a lot of work, but the idea of making something my own in that way is a nice idea.

I do love the color of your new door though! It's gorgeous.

Also, your swan garden is lovely!

Date: 2013-06-03 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
Our first home was a major fixer-upper. We worked on it for 21 years! I could never have attempted such projects on my own, but my husband has taught me how to fish wire up walls, and I can cut outlets and switches into sheetrock (on my first attempt, I was over-zealous with my sawing and thrust the saw into the wall of the adjoining room!). We've refinished cabinets, painted gallons of paint, knocked down walls and put up others.

The truth of the matter is that fixer-uppers are money pits. If a person has the money, it's easier to buy a place move-in ready. However, we bought our home cheaply, and we've been able to spend the money for upgrades and repairs a little at a time. At the time we bought our home, we couldn't afford what we wanted, and a fixer-upper made sense to us. In the end, we'll have spent more money on our home than a comparable move-in ready one, but we were able to make the improvements when we had the money--not paying all of it up front.

Paint is one of the easiest, least expensive ways to quickly spruce up a place. Love my purple!


Date: 2013-06-07 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crooked-halo.livejournal.com
Oh yes, I kind of figured that fixer-upper houses would be money pits but there is the appeal to just fixing things as you have the funds.

Of course, at the moment, I'd take just about anything that was safe to live in and in a good school district. But that's another line of thinking entirely.

Date: 2013-06-03 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluiidmommy.livejournal.com
I love your door! It's a beautiful shade of purple. :)

Date: 2013-06-03 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bojojoti.livejournal.com
It makes me happy each time I see it!


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