Wednesday

My Little Garden Party


Welcome to my perfectly imperfect world.  

I'm having a little garden party.  Sit back and enjoy the sweet tea, m'kay?

I do not have a green thumb.

It's actually sorta skin-colored.

Oh, wait, yes, definitely a peachy tone.

And that's why, my flowers look like this:


Yes, the word dead comes to mind, thank you.

I have gardening issues.

But to my defense, some of them are inherited from previous black-thumbed home owners.  We've lived in our house for nearly 4 years. And our backyard has been a nightmare since the day we moved in.

(BEFORE)

We've tried to add a few improvements here and there, but seriously, we are not skilled.  


Yeah, we did that piece of work ourselves.  Lovely path, huh?  I think the black weed guard adds a nice touch.

I mean, I can seriously match a swatch of paint color and refinish an old door, but garden?  Ahem.

And my hubby, he can tile a floor and build wooden structures, but make a plant grow?  Uh, no.

So, we left it.  But during rainy season, which is random and often, this is what our yard looks like:



That would be a flood.  Of water.  And mosquitos.  Yeah, because we are lucky like that.

And the aftermath of rain in a yard that can't absorb it?  Every mother's best friend:  Mud.



I grew weary of keeping mud-caked boots by the back door for my kids to play in the swamp backyard.  I got tired of drinking Off bug spray and sick of the whole muddy mess.  I knew we needed professional help.

Well, I mean, professional gardening help.

And this is what they did for us:

(AFTER)

I know, it makes me want to break out into the Hallelujah chorus too!



and


I love those guys.

And I LOVE my new yard!

Too bad we live in Texas, where it is now too hot to enjoy it!  Oh, I kid.  I make the whole family play out there every day.  A little sweat never hurt anybody.

We paid for it, we're gonna use it (said with my eye twitching and in my best Carol Burnett voice).

And now, I'd like to invite you all back here on August 29th for this:



Note to self:  Door Prizes all day long for linky participants!

Grab the button for your blog!




22 comments:

Erin said...

Looks great, a little help goes a long way!

Patty said...

Wow! Your professionals did a great job. I am going to come back in August and will share about my Summer vacation!!
Have a great Friday!
Blessings,
Patty

jamie in rose cottage said...

Big improvement! And here in Georgia, we have quite a few "skeeters" and mucho HOT weather, too. Yuck!

THE ROOST said...

Now THAT was improvement!! Way to go....

Jenn said...

Your yard looks beautiful! If you look on my blog you will notice I didn't add any pictures that would show our yard. We live on a sand pit, where grass refuses to grow! My kids can't go barefoot in late summer for fear they will step on a sand burr. So, your yard full of lush green grass looks wonderful to me!

Lisa a.k.a. The Preacher's Wife said...

You gotta love the pros. I LOVE planting but hate prep work. That's what hubbys are for, right? :))

Thanks so much for showing us your yard...it's awesome!

Lisa

Beth said...

I think we're related :-)

Thanks for sharing!

Sheryl said...

OH my goodness, I was laughing out loud. I needed that today. But your yard is much improved. Hope you're enjoying it.

-Sheryl

Cheryl said...

Sometimes you just need professional help....with your yard not....like for other things! Oh I'm kidding! I'm adding the sizzling summer button!!!

Reynie said...

I love the new grass! It looks great. You could do picnics and such back there now. or just take off your shoes and walk around on it. I hope you and your family enjoy it!

Tina said...

What a change! Great job!

Holly said...

Cheering with you for the lovely new grass. Makes me wonder what part of Texas you live in. We moved to Colorado from Marshall...I think that it only rains like that (your yard picture) in East Texas :) and it's hot!!

Blessings,
holly

Janel said...

Oh, very nice job, indeed!

Tammy said...

Your yard is just beautiful!

Runningamuck said...

You must have had some GREAT help!
It looks marvelous.

Great job!

onemoreequalsfour said...

YOur professionally done yard looks great! I am just proud that you so willingly joined up and shared your flesh-colored thumb woes. I opted out of participating because I didn't get my gardening goals accomlished. Well, and because try as I might I CANNOT figure out how to post a picture on my blog!

Dimple Queen said...

We will SO be getting that professional help as well! I didn't have time to get my yard done before the party, so I hope to blog about it later in the summer!

Looks great! and BTW...I will be back to grab that button...sounds like fun!

Lisa said...

Ahhh...green grass! How nice. And this little girl with the sunglasses is too sweet.

Nice site!

The Nester said...

you wrote about grass. and no grass. I don't care. I love your writing style and you could write about the atom bomb, or the artist formerly known as prince now known as prince and I would read every word.

kjtroxel said...

Love it...the new yard, your funny writing and the name of your blog. I think were are THAT family sometimes too :)
I love that the Nester had us all get real on Monday!

Debbie said...

It looks beautiful!

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