Sunday, May 19, 2013

hodge-podge to happy...

I've been smitten with the classic look of boxwoods for about a year,
the tidy, formal plantings were more and more appealing as our cottage style gardens
had taken on a messy hodge-podge look, and I wasn't a fan.
We spent part of the weekend doing yard work, and the beginnings of a
tidy yard are starting to take shape, yay for progress! 


Long story short, we dug up and relocated a lot of plants before planting 
a lot of boxwoods. (In my excitement I forgot to take a photo till midway.)  


Ahhhh....


On the opposite side a longer bed, that was even more of a jumbled mishmash cottage-like! 


I haven't got them neatly trimmed yet, but already I feel like it will be so much
 more manageable. It doesn't look so bad in these photos because it's still early and
 everything isn't up yet.


The little boxwoods I bought last year didn't escape relocation...


now the beginnings of a more formal grouping around the base of our birdbath...


Even my cute girl was whipped, we all felt like this, but she was far more photogenic. :)

Thank you Mr. Simple and Detail Boy, you're the BEST!

Btw, I found these boxwoods at Home Depot for $12.88 each, a good price,
but I still haven't seen a repeat of last year's great deal at $3.33.  

28 comments:

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

So lush and pretty...especially your dog! :)

hong kong property said...

your garden is looking pretty nice.

Shalini Ganguli said...

Very pretty garden. And awesome dog!

Julia Konya said...

How cute she is ;)
Love the boxwoods.

Danielle said...

She is adorable! So are all your new plantings!

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

Wow that's a lot of boxwood you planted! Looks very nice!
My cottage style garden has gotten a little overgrown and messy as well but I like all the color so I will just tidy it up..

Patricia said...

I am in love with Boxwood too - just put some in big pottery planters on my deck....I LOVE your helper - she seems to enjoy having her photo taken too ! Beautiful....

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

they look awesome! love the pic of the tiered beds and the dog! so sweet!

marlene said...

I think your boxwood look fantastic. I have planted so many boxwood in my yard the last 8 years and love the look. Really looks terrific!

Cathy Wall said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE boxwoods and what you have done to update your place with them. It is always good to have help from the family on projects like these, way to go Mr. Simple and Detail Boy!!!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Ahh I love the boxwood!! We are big fans here, and especially loving your sweet golden in the pics!

Unknown said...

I love the look you're creating and Rio is priceless!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

I am sure you are all beaten up. My poor husband worked in the yard all day yesterday and boy was he pooped. I always help but not yesterday since my daughter was in town for my oldest ones graduation. We had bonding time.
Can't wait to see your yard complete. It looks beautiful with everything all green so far. Love the last picture of your girl. She is beautiful.
TFS. ana

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I love the look that boxwood shrubs add to a space. Yours will be fantastic!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Now that's a lot of work...but its going to look beautiful...love boxwood!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

They look great! I'm tired just thinking about all the work you did. ;)

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

Love the structure the boxwoods add to your beautiful backyard and your big trees! Rio so sweet keeping you company as you work. Nothing like a day making changes in the garden, our favorite activity. Hopefully you got to sit and enjoy a glass of wine on the patio and enjoy the new scenery! Fun to have new views from the house too!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Looks great! I love boxwoods too. You got a lot more done than we did!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I just love how nice and tidy the row of boxwoods looks! So much work, but worth it in the end to see your beautiful garden become your vision, right? Love the pics of the pup, she is too cute!!

Vel Criste said...

it's looking so good Pam!!! Can't wait to see the whole space ! thanks for the tip on the boxwood deal, really have to fix my backyard already, it's starting to look like deers might start showing up soon with all the weeds in there!

Nancy said...

Rio is so cute! I am obsessed with boxwoods, too, and your plantings look so lovely. You can never have enough. I got some at HD for 7.99 last week.
I need about 50 more to make a difference. Your yard is looking fabulous.
xo Nancy
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Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I love the look of boxwoods. It's a shrub you really can't have too many of! How do you trim yours to keep them in a ball?

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Looking lovely! I have plans for many more boxwoods around this place too - hopefully soon - but might not happen this year.

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Your adorable dog looks really impressed! Haha. I have not yet begun to work in the yard at my Dollhouse. I'm using those funds to finish up the inside. Hopefully we'll make some progress this fall, which is better suited to planting in this part of the country.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Good for you, this is going to fill in fast. Isn't it funny how our garden visions change like our room visions. Your lawn is really green, btw.

Karen Albert said...

Pam the boxwood's make a huge difference in the shaping of a garden space; love the birdbath as well!

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Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I am a boxwood fan too!...I want to create an English garden with them in the back yard... Love your terraced gardens!

Gypsy Heart said...

Everything looks so pretty! Yes, your dog looks a bit tired. She is just beautiful! :)

xo
Pat

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