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Category Archives: Before and After

Summer year 1 and year 2 comparison…

It is HOT out there, and I have been feeling a little bit like nothing is happening…post worthy.  So I decided to look back at pictures from last summer around this time…BEFORE: My front garden last summer AFTER:  My front garden’s second summer. (this picture is so dark – I’ll take another later – sorry)A …

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New shaded parking area eats up tons of lawn and is so functional!

We lacked parking in the back for our guests.  No one could park in the driveway without blocking in the garage.  It was annoying, but would be even more annoying when the kids are driving so I wanted to take care of that now and create a useful spot to park.  The other thing is …

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Texas-style beer garden!

This larger side yard has functioned as a few things since we moved into our home.  It has been a vegetable garden, a weed pit, a storage area…but mostly a forgotten about unused space.  Over the last few years, however, it has become evident that it is actually the best location in the yard for …

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New fire pit hang-out converts useless space to a fun and functional area…

Hey y’all, I am so excited to start showing you our new Texas-style xericstyled backyard taking shape!  Our backyard was BORING…nothing to it…stark…HOT…no bones…no garden beds…no defined entertaining aeas…no garden rooms…no functionality!!!!!  That has changed a whole lot in a relatively short period of time thanks to hiring an installer with a crew to haul …

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Bye Bye Butterfly Bush…and HELLO….

This plant, Lo & Behold® ‘Purple Haze’ – Butterfly Bush, drove me nuts.  I found this dwarf variety to be leggy and so I pruned it…then it did this.  I thought I would give it a whirl in my purple front garden, but as far as I am concerned, I let it hold this place …

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Chaotic side yard turned calming oasis for mama…

Our side yard was absolute chaos and desperately needed to be rectified!  You know how many times a mama of two youngsters walks to the recycling/garbage bins in a day?!?!  Every time I did this walk it stressed me out seeing all the junk I needed to deal with.   How did this area become …

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Transformation of the house exterior is complete!

It is hard to believe this day has finally come!  The exterior transformation of our home is complete, and we are ecstatic with the results.  The painters just finished and I immediately got to work sweeping and putting the outside back together tickety-boo.  Besides losing one rosemary plant the garden has survived!!!!  Re-roofing is not …

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Front Garden is 7 months old

My screen saver slide show displayed this picture today…and I realized, when we think we have so much to do in the garden and we are so far from attaining our goals, sometimes we need to look back and remember where we started… BEFORE: Baby front garden in December 2011 AFTER: End of June 2012 …

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Little things matter!

BEFORE: This picture was taken back in February – I decided I really needed to rectify this situation.  Painting of the house needs to wait.  Other more expensive jobs need to wait.  But this…this I could handle. When I look at the before and after pictures of this tiny space in my garden, I see …

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Property Border PART 2

First, thanks to Brian and family in Boerne, Texas for all my LOVELY rocks…I plan to keep visiting and taking every rock off their property and bringing it to mine until they ask me to stop! My poor little 32 year old 240D – I got a few looks with my back end almost touching …

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