Sunday, June 12, 2011

Garden blog catch-up and the power of pressure washing

Some blooms from the front garden this past month:
Amazingly, the angel's trumpet bud above still bloomed, after I relocated the caterpillar to another plant. The standing cypress (top two photos) are so self-sufficient and full of fireworks, I can't help but be a fan.

Big news and one of the reasons I haven't been blogging: my house goes on the market next week. I've been working for a while on getting it looking its best , which would be much more pleasant if it weren't so hot and humid outside! It's funny how all these little things you put off doing add up, but once you do them you wonder why you didn't do and enjoy them earlier. Like washing all the windows inside and out or changing out a broken hammock swing. Or pressure washing the deck, which is actually a huge job, and I am lucky enough to have a dad with a pressure washer and a great work ethic. And a sister who doesn't mind taking a turn vacuuming up cottonwood fluff. Actually, we had a really lovely work weekend Memorial Day weekend, with most of my family here (thank you!); we all took on projects and took turns playing with my adorable nephew (8 months old tomorrow). And all agreed that we should do something similar at my parents' house next time.

The deck before (cottonwood, you monster! you look so beautiful now, but I know what you can do, especially once a little rain sticks the cotton fibers to whatever surface they touch):
And after (even the cedar cabana looks better with a little wash):

I'm trying not to think about saying good-bye to my first garden of my own, and instead to focus on the next wonderful garden adventure (post about that soon). And to keep plants and lawn looking their best in very hot weather with extreme drought conditions...a challenge. I do a lot of dragging around a hose with a soaker attachment on very low pressure, which is a bit tedious. Next garden is definitely getting a drip irrigation system.


RBell said...

I really like the color of the blooms on that first shot. I didn't realize that standing cypress could have flowers with that snazzy speckled pattern. Very nice.

Emily said...

that's quite an awesome transformation in your backyard. your standing cypress is gorgeous!

Amy said...

Glad you like the standing cypress! RBell: I'm not sure why some have that pattern, but there are a few like that every year. Emily: thanks! What a difference a cleaning makes.

Anonymous said...

Hello, fellow Standing Cypress fan! Sounds like you've been very busy, but I know you'll have a great new garden at the new place. I need a drip irrigation system too -- alas, can't do it right now. By the way, I loved the garden tour photos -- great inspiration!

katina said...

oh wow, that is big news. I keep thinking about all the little things we would need to do to sell our home (not that I'm in the market or anything), and it really is easy stuff - like painting, or washing. But it's all stuff that when given the choice between "internetting" or whatever, i'll always choose the internets.

Amy said...

Meredith: Thanks! Most of the front yard was dead St. Augustine by the time I bought it, so perfect time to put in drip irrigation and start a landscape. Harder to do in a mature garden, right?

Katina: Yep, it's hard to choose washing windows over looking at lovely garden blogs unless you have serious motivation!