June 15, 2011

Enough of the Back Yard, What About the Front?

You guys. Guess what? Holyoke Home also has a FRONT yard! I know. You haven't heard bupkis about it because I've been all about the back yard lately. Well - That trend ends now. Mr. Man and I tore out the ri-DONC-ulous fence last year.
 WHY would you put a 4 foot fence around a front 'yard' that's maybe 40 square feet? Whatever. Here's what we were left with. Say hi to Morgan!
I planted LOTS of perennials. Here’s what it looks like now.
I'll break down the plants in the next post!


  1. Amazing that people do that. Our neighbors just took down their front yard fence. I think they should be outlawed because they are so pointless! Out of curiosity, what's your long term plan for the front? Is the porch in good condition? Is the brick painted - kind of looks like it might be painted red?

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  3. WOW! You have beautiful plants in the front and back!!!....Of course, my hubby is gonna be drooling over your photos. He's the 'plant-man' around here...I'm thinking about how much W-O-R-K you put into them!!...I'm the 'plant-my-bottom-and-do-stuff-inside' girl of our 2-man organization over here! LOL

  4. Very pretty and inviting! (hope the neighbors get the "nix the fence" hint) I think you must have the prettiest house on the block now!

  5. Gorgeous! Can I fly you to CA to come plant my yard...it is a mess!

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  7. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    amazing what a difference you made. makes me want to go out and buy a ton of plants to put in to our somewhat sad front yard.
    you had asked about our outdoor rug: it's this one. http://www.vivaterra.com/reclaimed-rainbow-rug.html
    we like it, although in retrospect, it's kind of overly colorful for our taste. but, it is hardy and does fine with all weather. it's easy to clean, too. plus, it's made of recycled coke bottles!
    here is another one that i like: http://www.gaiam.com/product/turkish+pattern+reversible+all+weather+floor+mat.do

  8. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    beautiful and lush! Good call on tearing down that fence... wtf?

  9. Thank you so much for working the word "bupkis" into a post. It has been way too long since I've heard that word used.

  10. I will not even post a photo of my motley old Texas flower garden... I worked for three solid weeks on it.

    What do you do to make those plants so BIG ??? It's over 100 every day here.

    Rats! I have to go water again!!

    Beautiful, you are so talented!!

  11. Wow, that fence was pretty hideous! What a transformation - so green and lush!! Now you have a front yard and curb appeal to be proud of too!

  12. Hi Joey! I do a couple things to keep the plants lush and happy. You might try a couple of these?
    -throw a handful (or more) of composted cow manure and a sprinkle of slow release fertilizer (like Osmocote) in the hole before you set the plant in.
    -water COPIOUSLY right after planting.
    -Plant in the early AM
    -Cover dirt with 3-5 inches of hemlock or pine mulch.


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