Sometimes you just need to “blow” some bucks on useless stuff whose only job is to make you smile. The key is to NOT feel guilty for doing it!
This past weekend was one of those times and I truly did really good as everything was purchased at Joanns. Not only were all the items on sale but I also had a 25% off coupon – that would be 25% off the TOTAL purchase, sale items included! To make the coupon even more wonderful, it was REUSABLE – good 3/25 thru 3/27!!!
An awesome coupon + a need to smile = purchases to enhance my front yard conversion.
Wanna see?? I thought you might so here are some pix!
Growing up my Mom had flamingos on stakes in the gardens so when I saw this guy he absolutely needed to come home with me…
Another tribute to Mom is her love of roosters….
Who doesn’t love the magic of a gnome…
What about an awesome street…er…lane sign?
Here’s hoping these are the only snails I find in my gardens this year…
Bzzzz…did anyone say “bee”?
Do you think this sign in front of the butterfly bush is welcoming enough?
I also splurged on three pots. One large and one small pot that both look like rocks. The larger one has ice plants in it…
but the small one, about 1/3 the size of the larger, is patiently waiting for a cactus…
The third pot looks like a section of a tree. I’m not sure what will end up living inside this treasure, but it will be awesome for sure!
I could go on and on with more fun additions, but I also need to show you the rearranging I did.
After looking at the yard for several weeks I decided that having the bench on a hill near where the deck will be going was…well…pointless and awkward. Sooo…I moved the bird bath to the hill spot
and I put the bench next to the Fern of the Desert plant which will soon look like the tree its supposed to be.
That wooden bench is a place marker only. I have yet to find the bench that I love, and until I do, this old rickety wooden guy will stay where he is.
And BIG news – I’ve saved the best for last!! Carlton Jr is now in the ground!
That’s him – that 1/2 circle in the middle of the darkest mulch. If he’s even half as happy as his parent, this cacti will quickly become THE focal point of the cactus garden!!!
Lest you think he’s the only addition to this area, I also planted what I call “Crazy Hair”…
I planted one of these out back last year and have fallen in LOVE with it! The plant is so outrageous and interesting and just plain WOW, that I had to put one in the front too. Please don’t ask me what it really is ‘cuz I don’t have a clue.
So folks, except for capping sprinkler heads and hiring a company to install my deck, the front yard is pretty much in maintenance mode now. I am beyond ecstatic with how it looks, especially when I peer out the window in my office/studio/2nd guest room and see this…
This time next year, when all the plants (and any additions) are larger and covering all the mulch, the view should be spectacular to say the least!
Lest my backyard feel left out, I did purchase 2 treasures for it, but you’ll have to wait for my next post to see them. ;-)
Sometimes I amaze myself… :-)