Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cheap, pretty instant curb appeal and unearthing (literally) history

 The landscaper was out Saturday, was originally scheduled for Mon, he reached out to come early-sure! His task was to dig a new, softly curved, front planter to balance out the front of the home, provide me an area to add some color to the home. In the process, a broken, ceramic bathroom wall tile was found. I now know that the floor tile of the hall bath was originally a beige mosaic tile with these redish brown wall tiles.  This will once again be a beige/cream based bathroom.
 Dumpster is full, finally connected with dumpster guy to get this hauled away and ideally returned if not spoken for by another customer. He asked if I would take a larger one, I replied that the 10 yard was more than enough for the remaining items ready to be tossed as well as projected plumbing pipe waste, insulation, sheetrock scraps, etc. He told me that he'll pull it out today (Easter) early and drop off a larger one, if that' OK, but only charge me for the weight of the additional trash. Pretty awesome. So yes, I agreed. Need to keep a dumpster on site, this was very fair.
 Here's the cut out for the additional flower bed, just before weed control fabric was placed down, followed by dark brown mulch.
Here are the left side, 2 planters. The top one has 5 catmint aka "catnip" plants and a few scattered tulips. The lower one has lillies. Neither planter has been addressed in some time.

I need to take a photo of the completed work. I am very happy with the results, the guys worked for a couple of hours, dug out 2 stumps (I assume from Yews)in that new planting bed. I tapped the shoulder of the landscaper for thoughts on what I could plant to meet my criteria: something always in bloom moving from, say daffodils to the next blooming plant/shrub. I also showed him additional areas that I'd like to do something similar with (side of house, rear of house, around deck) as phase 2. The above was a cheap fix.

Next up in the curb appeal department: I am painting the front door a French blue. I have paint chips and once again, need to hang them to see the color in the light. I am also on the lookout for cheap pansies/petunias for the front pots. Most are at least $1/plant. I need to find something super cheap for an instant pop of color. I also usually have a "welcome" painted slate near the entry as well as a seasonal wreath. I need to figure out where to place them, how to install them (vinyl siding)


Toni in TN said...

Walmart has hangers for vinyl siding! Look in the hardware area. The house is looking good

CTMOM said...

Thanks for the heads up, Toni! You must mean this:

Toni in TN said...

Looks like what I saw. We have the siding that looks like wood shingles so need to check again if it might work for us.

mikemax said...

Here is a blooming schedule, based on what I have in my garden, more or less in order of bloom.

1. Snowdrops, crocuses.
2. Daffodils (plant different varieties for a staggered bloom), scilla, bleeding hearts (blooming now in Zone 5 Idaho)
3. Lilacs, tulips (ditto staggered), candytuft
4. Snowballs, irises, columbines, peonies
6. "Lemon lilies" (yellow daylilies of a specific kind--they are the earliest), Jacob's ladder,Siberian irises, perennial blue salvia, Asiatic lilies, clematis.
7. Named daylilies tend to bloom mid-summer. Oriental lilies bloom after asiatic.
8. Tall garden phlox. 'David' is a good white that doesn't mildew (much), monkshood.
9. Perennial asters. 'Purple Dome' is a nice purple one.
11. Foxgloves and old-fashioned hollyhocks have a long mid-summer bloom season.
12. If you plant gladiolus, they will bloom according to how early or late they were planted. Must dig in fall and replant in spring.
13. Dahlias bloom August and September. Must dig in fall and replant in spring.

Bulbs you can plant this spring and they will bloom first year: Asiatic and Oriental lilies, gladiolus. You plant clematis vines in spring, but they are fussy to get started. Once started...hail, Columbia!

Bulbs to plant in fall for next spring: Daffodils, tulips, crocus, snowdrops, etc.

Wait to divide and plant flag irises until after they have bloomed in June; may then plant anytime rest of summer.

You can plant plants that were pot grown at any time during the growing season. This includes roses. My two best roses have been 'Blaze,' (red climber) and 'Iceberg,' (spectacular white floribunda). You can divide in-the-ground plants and re-plant in early spring or early to mid-fall.

Peonies don't like to be divided, although everyone does it all the time. The plant will sometimes sulk the next year. Best time to divide peonies: according to Blue Stone Perennials, early fall. Labor Day or just after. If the root has 3 or more buds on it, it will probably bloom next spring. Fewer than 3, let it sulk in the ground until it gets big enough.

Rhododendrons need shade (north side of house or under trees) and acid soil (plant in peat moss). Most bloom in May.

Sue said...

You could also hang stuff from the bricks using brick clips. You'll have to check your brick size, but they are all over the internet and in hardware stores.

Belinda said...

The house looks like it is coming along nicely, Carol. :)