Sunday, March 10, 2019

Spring Garden Planning... 10 on the 10th



Spring is  just beginning around the country and here in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area local nurseries are selling spring annuals already. These beautiful vermillion-red ruffled tulips are just a part of my 
spring planting plans..


Welcome to this month's 10 on the 10th which is all about spring! Hosting this month is my friend Benita of Chasing Quaintness. Thank you, Benita!!! If you are coming over from Ann at Apple Street Cottage or are here at French Ethereal for the first time ~ welcome! I am so glad you are here. 

Let's go check out the new house's backyard...



Here is our new backyard... 

Pretty much a clean slate with two oak trees to shade our house from the summer's western afternoon sun.
I am very grateful for all the shade these big guys will give us however Mr. Ethereal and I see a need to thin these guys just a bit (and their friends out front) so we can grow some grass. 

Our inspector showed us a few branches to cut back completely to help prevent oak leaves and acorns from filling the gutters on the south and east sides of the house. There is a little dry rot along the eaves but this is an easy fix with a few new boards ~ part of the fixes we will be doing later this year and into next fall and winter. 
:)

This is the first time we will actually have big shade trees
already established in our yard!

Moving the shed over to the left side of the yard is one of the things we'd like to do this spring as this is the current view one sees from our master bedroom ~ not really the prettiest focal point. 

Definitely keeping the shed though as we need the storage for garden tools and lawn equipment.

We are already looking at much bigger sheds to house our shop equipment too as we hope to actually park cars in our garage here ~ Denton does receive some pretty big hail once in a while.
;)


Here is a shed I found recently while shopping down at Costco in Lewisville. This is the Aberdeen model at 12'w x 8'long (deep). Other sizes are available and we may end up going with one of these ~ Hubby is looking at all kinds of sheds online.

He is thinking we will need one of the biggest models carried at 16'w x 10-12' deep. This will house our Shopsmith, a 1960's-1970's drill press, our router and scroll saw which are bolted to their own stands plus a couple of other tables and tool chests. It'll be a proper workshop and not a "she-shed."

Oh, and Hubby thinks the weight bench might have to go in here, too...

There won't be room. Ha!

One of my first posts back in 2014 ~ Fall Furniture Redo.

Basically this will take the place of the third car garage section we had back at our last house. We will need it! You can see our Shopsmith in the background with another saw sitting on top.

A look inside and at the flooring and roofing finishes available.


Part of making this shed fit into the garden will be to add evergreens around it and plant little gardens in front and beside the double doors. I know Charles would like to have this near the garage for ease of moving all the tools into it, so it may end up replacing the current shed in its location.

At least it would be cuter and I can make it prettier with paint!
;)



Mr. Yoda will certainly be excited to have his own yard again! He hasn't seen the yard yet as I write this but will soon. He will be happy checking out the local squirrels and smells from the previous owner's small Yorkie. I did take Yoda over the first day we had the keys so he could see why we've been pulling our belongings out of the trailer ~ he wandered throughout the rooms checking them out. Finally he settled in the new living room and took a nap on the soft carpet. Ahhhhhh!



I will be planting a few rose bushes and making a small garden area right under our bedroom window. The roses blooming outside will make for a pretty view and will grow quickly. The David Austin roses I already have in pots will move into the backyard to be joined later by more roses.

Our last home's backyard garden ~ full of Japanese Wintergreen boxwood, climbing New Dawn rose on the arbor and rose standards. This garden was put
in in 2006 when we built the pool and this photo was shot when the garden was
eight or nine years old, 2014 or 2015.

I am thinking of creating another English garden with a lot of greenery including boxwoods and topiaries ~ they do well in this climate of hot and humid summers then cold and dry winters

My little evergreen juniper topiary which I found last fall at our local Calloway's.

Linda Vater who lives and writes The Potager Blog from her 1935 Tudor home in Oklahoma City, just a couple of hours north of us, shares all about caring for boxwoods plus creating topiaries from them.

I hope to glean some much needed inspiration from her posts and others since our Texas soil is sooo different from the drier clay soil I knew in So Cal.



And those tulips?

They will be an ongoing part of beautifying the front yard around the oak trees ~ I've seen trees with spring bulbs planted around them and I love how the bulbs spread over time!



28 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see tulips pop up,but we still have quite a bit of snow . Lovely backyard!

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    1. Thank you, Patti! In a few weeks we will be out there working away... after we get our household settled. Hope your garden begins blooming soon!

      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  2. I am looking forward to seeing what you do in your new front and backyard! You have such a lovely eye for gardening. It's going to be pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I'll be out there a bit soon after we get some of the household stuff put away. ;) When I need a break from working inside.

      Happy gardening out your way,
      Barb :)

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  3. Barb, I'm excited for you and cannot wait to see your new home decorated with all of your special touches! Can't wait to see your garden once it gets growing as well! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Benita! We are looking forward to working on both.

      Happy spring to you,
      Barb :)

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  4. Oh, that shed looks promising. I am looking forward to seeing what you do.

    Janet
    Rosemary & Thyme

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    1. Thank you, Janet! I think we will have to wait on the shed until we save up some more money but we will definitely begin planning. Happy spring to you!

      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  5. Wow I am excited for your new home. Looks amazing the propterty.

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    1. We are excited to finally be in our new home! Thank you, Maria!!

      Happy spring to you,
      Barb :)

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  6. You have a big job ahead making this yard a spring time oasis. Good luck in all your decisions and efforts.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! It'll be a challenge but we are excited for it. Happy spring to you!

      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  7. Love watching gardening plans from people further South! It gives me some ideas to ponder (and reminds me that spring will even come in Wisconsin!)

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    1. Hello Susan, thank you so much! I am glad you are enjoying the house as much as we are. It'll be fun to get outside in a week or two ~ once we get most of the house situated.

      Hope spring comes your way soon,
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  8. Barbara you are going to have the best time in your back yard and creating your garden. You are such a talented gardener, I know it will be full of flowers in no time.

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    1. Hi Mary! I hope so. But the soil here is weird ~ really heavy clay more like a bog... ugh! I asked a friend whose husband runs a really big plant company what I ought to do (they also lived in Texas for a number of years and know the soils), and she suggested really amending it. Guess we will be buying a small rototiller at some point. ;)

      Happy almost spring to you,
      Barb :)

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  9. Congratulations on your new home! I can’t wait to see how you transform it.

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    1. Hello Lisa, thank you! It'll be a challenge but fun. I usually start planting before we put in/redo sprinklers (I'm too anxious to get going!) so you know I'll put in a few roses soon.

      Thanks again,
      Barb :)

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  10. Your new yard is fantastic with endless possibilities. I can't wait to see the beautiful finished look. Exciting to have a blank canvas to make your own.

    Cindy

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    1. Hello Cindy, we are looking forward to creating a new garden and a place to enjoy the evening sunsets. Thank you so much! I'll post things as we go along.

      Happy spring to you,
      Barb :)

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  11. You are way ahead of us right now! I'm still looking at a backyard full of snow!

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    1. Oh, hi Susan! Sorry that you are still having a lot of snow. :( The only bad thing about having a nice early spring is that it usually means summer will be really hot! But, I guess I won't complain. ;)

      Hope real spring is right around the corner for you,
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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  12. I can't wait to see what you do with your new home and yard, Barb. Roses are my favorite and I can't wait to plant some here this Spring. We'll have to compare notes!

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    1. Sounds good, Ann! My mother-in-law was a huge help these past couple of weeks helping us unpack and helping me to move plants from around our trailer. I am thinking of a couple of flower beds so far to help with roots popping up from the oak trees. Will have to look for a gardener/builder who can come out and build a couple of short planters for me.

      Hope spring is coming your way!
      Barb :)

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  13. This yard has awesome potential. I cannot wait to see what you do with it.

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    1. Thank you, Katie! I was just writing another friend back that I think I'll search out a gardener/builder who can help me put together a couple of planter beds to start (brick/cement). I am thinking slightly raised beds might help with the soil/clay.

      Looking forward to really getting started,
      Hugs,
      Barb :)

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