There’s a popular quote that says “Gardeners dream bigger dreams than emperors”.
Sometimes those dreams become reality and work out even better than expected. Sometimes they don’t pan out.
I’m going to review my favorite additions to the garden last year
For starters, I finally added outdoor curtains to the front porch.
These babies stayed up all winter – they’re tough, they soften the look, and they add interest.
Second, I scoured Craigslist for vintage fountains and unique concrete pieces to anchor the garden.
I brought home this sweet little dude…
And, this massive two piece planter for the front of the house. They still make my heart sing. La la laaaaaa!
I got lucky when we placed it because it is perfectly framed by the front door. I love looking out at it all year long. In the winter, I fill it with spruce tips.
3. I added the fire pit and walking paths.
I knew the kids would love the firepit – and they do.
I wasn’t sure if I would really enjoy the gravel paths, but they are one of my favorite elements in the garden.
4. I monogrammed the mantle on the front door.
I ordered the letters from wallwords and transferred them onto the mantle in about 10 minutes.
The toughest part was measuring the space and ordering an initial to fill the space of the crest on the mantle.
5. It’s nothing fancy, but I love my little chalkboard welcome sign.
6. I turned the front porch into more of an outdoor room with rugs, seat cushions, furniture, and accent pieces.
7. I skirted this little iron bookshelf with a piece of burlap.
I found the clips to attach the burlap (no sewing!!) on Amazon and they look identical to some I found at Restoration Hardware – so bonus!
8. I finally added a hose holder by the spigot. Only took me 15 years…
9. I ditched the fairy garden and put in a fountain (from Craigslist).
10. I planted more Solomon’s Seal. It starts to come up in the spring kind of like a hosta – and it’s one of the plants visitors ask about the most.
11. I picked a great spot for Queen of the Prairie and it’s so happy.
It’s in a boggy low spot and it’s right by the Ligularia.
12. I straightened up all the leaning trees on the property.
Ornamental trees have a tendency to lean. To keep the garden looking tended, the trees need to be standing up straight. Right girls?
13. I bought this fish art even though my water feature was broke.
When it’s up and running again in June, I’ll be glad he’s in the river.
14. I went on nature walks near the house and brought some treasures home.
15. I added “Smith and Hawken” to my favorite search list on Craiglist.
It’s been a great source of teak and copper items for the garden.