Tuesday, March 11, 2008

April Showers Bring May Flowers....Wait, It's March!?

Well, living in Texas, we get a head start on all the spring stuff! (Not that that fact stopped a winter storm from coming in last week!) But hopefully all that white stuff they apparently call "snow" will not return for a while, meaning 9 months, because I just planting our spring beds!

My blogger friend, Jean, in her awesome blog A Thing of Beauty posted pictures from this month's Cottage Living. This picture in particular totally inspired me.

I ran right out an bought a copy, cause this house is too cute. I love everything about this picture. The ivy, the potted boxwood, the windows, the double french doors, everything! And the good news is that hubby really likes it, too. So, now we have direction for our curb appeal. For years, I've been unsuccessfully trying to get hubby to agree to climbing roses. This picture convinced him! Thank you, thank you Cottage Living!

Since I have a similar porch and entry, I thought that I might be able to somewhat duplicate this. Now, before I show pictures of my house, let me just say that I know this will be an ongoing project for the next few years. You can't make a garden in a day. (Unless you are the production team on the movie set "The Holiday". Hmph. But I digress.)

Here is what I started with this morning.
(Yes, yes, our tree is crooked. We're not exactly sure how that happened. We just woke up one morning and couldn't get it straight! Whoops!)

And here's where I ended up.

Basically, my two additions that were inspired by the Cottage Living article were this hydrangea planter and my climbing roses. The climbing roses are suppose to grow fast, so fingers crossed.

I also added two hybiscus topiaries. We do that every year. They're suppose to last the winter, but so far, no luck. Also, a smattering of snapdragons was planted.

So, like I said, it's a work in progress, but at least it's progressing. Hopefully later this spring I'll have more pictures to show.


takemetohawaii said...

It looks really beautiful! I can't wati to see it grow out. I need some inspiration, too, so thank you!

Anonymous said...

i love the flowers

aurora said...

Very beautiful! I am itching to get started on mine. ☺

paperjunk-lc said...

Great job! Maybe it will inspire me to do a little gardening while I'm on spring break next week.

Laurie said...

Beautiful!! I love how you get inspired by magazines and movies and put it into action. Fabulous.

Rochelleht said...

Pictures don't do it justice. It looks totally fab in person.

Megan said...

It looks great. I think it is going to turn out wonderful. I love the pictures from Cottage Living. They are inspiring.

Cote de Texas said...

I swear your house looks just like my mother in laws - but her's is only one story. Where do you live?


Cote de Texas said...

Who were the builders? It looks so much like hers! I swear!


Michelle said...

I think it is going to look beautiful. I can't wait to see it all in bloom!!

Jean said...

Hi Katrina, thanks for the mention! Just with these photos I can envision your house looking very much like the one in the magazine. How exciting to have a plan to execute! Can't wait to see the progress.

Julie said...

Again, I am jealous. It is still freezing here and I am so wanting to plant all the bulbs I bought for my shade garden in the front of Lillywood Cottge. I also am going to try climbing roses in the sunny back. I wish we had the same climate so we could swap garden notes.