July 23, 2016

A Walk Around the House

Featured on Dishing It and Digging It w/Life and Linda

There is always a lot to do when you have a yard!

We have been trying to grow some grass and keep bushes alive this summer. You too? 

Hubby was busy watering every night for about two weeks after our grasses were planted. He certainly did not want to lose them after so much work to get these plantings and bedding finished. 

Our house is on a corner and we want to create some privacy screening. It will take a while, but you have to start somewhere, right. 

Here is the start! Nothing! 

We chose to plant grasses because they grow quickly and don't cost much. At some point we may add some arborvitae out in the yard to help with privacy too. We'll see. That is in the future sometime. 

We have rocks in our front planting beds, so hubby wanted to repeat using them on the side of the house. I like the rocks in our woodsy, rustic area. AND...rocks don't float away in heavy rains like mulch. AND, rocks do not have to be replaced every year. 

The grasses were staggered in and out instead of in a straight line. Our plan is to let them grow large and thick. 

We took the planting bed up behind the brick retaining wall, for additional screening. 

Continuing down the side of the house, we added some small boxwood. It will take a while before those babies are very large, but I did not want to pay for extra large ones. I will just wait a couple of years for them to grow. ha!

The holly tree at the corner has been there about three years. We had a horrible freeze the winter of 2015 and I had to prune quite a bit off of the tree. It has come back from the freeze and is growing nicely. There are lots of new shoots, so it must be healthy. 

A neighbor is building a house for his daughter on the last lot left in our neighborhood. It is fun to watch the house progress. 

I was so sad when we had to remove two small trees, that grew too large. We were worried about roots hurting our basement wall.  The trees were removed, and we added two small arborvitae in their places. 

The last few blooms above.

I am working hard keeping my potted flowers going this summer. It has been so hot! 

The planters and pots dry out so quickly...despite the rains we have had.

I managed to bring the two hefty concrete planters from our farm. Yes...they were a bear to move according to son and hubby. (They wanted to know if I "really" needed them.) 

I have had them so long that they now have a nice aged patina. One has a crack, and I anxiously watch it to make sure it is not getting worse. I just love the traditional Greek key motif and don't know if I could replace them. (Yes, I "really" need them.)

Those black things in the background are racing tires that belong to our son. He brought them back from NC where he went to engine building school several years ago. 

Yes...I still have the tires at my house. ha! Just waiting for bachelor boy to have a place of his own for his "toys." His town house does not have a shop or barn for his projects! ha!

One more grass project...we are trying to grow some!!! ha. 

We don't have sod out in our neck of the woods. Folks just work with the ground...and our ground is rocky. 

We are trying to work on some patches here and there. The patch above is coming along, but the patch below, not so much. ha! We will keep trying though. Hubby needs something to do to keep busy. :-)

This just about wraps up the walk around the house. There is always something to do with a yard...every season. 

We are not OCD with our yard, as anyone can tell. But I like it to look nice, or as nice as a yard up in the rocky woods can look. 

Thanks for joining me in walking around the house. We'll do it again in the fall when the colors have changed.

By the way...I am participating in a tablescape blog hop. I want to invite you to join in the fun!

Blog link  joining parties July 24, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Between Naps on the Porch, Met Monday
Coastal Charm, Show and Share Monday
Julie’s Lifestyle Blog, Cooking and Crafting with J and J (Monday Linkup)
Our Home Away From Home
A Stroll Thru Life, Inspire Me Tuesday
 Stone Gable Blog, The Scoop, Tuesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party (wed p.m.)
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday

Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Chic on a Shoestring, Flaunt It Friday
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup
Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Everything looks very nice, Sheila! It's been really hot here too but we're so fortunate that we have so many huge trees in the front and back and that has really protected our grass and plants. So glad you could keep your planter, it looks great! Love the look of your grasses too.
    Have a great weekend.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

    1. Thanks so much Shelia. You are lucky to have large trees, especially in the summer. We are having some unusually hot temps the last few days and I wish I had your trees. Sheila

  2. It looks so neat and inviting.

    1. Thank you Ron. Our grounds are a work in progress. There was not a single shrub or sidewalk when we bought the house. ha!

  3. I really like the grass planted around the low wall. It's a good solution and not as 'predictable' as arbor vitae. We are struggling to plant a new garden too so I understand the challenge. Good for your for sticking to your plan to bring the concrete planters with you!

  4. You needed those large planters! They are very handsome. Rocks do last lots longer than mulch. That's something we need to do. We planted some WalMart barberry bushes about fifteen years ago and then moved them to another location. They definitely weren't expensive and one of them even survived an Indiana winter above ground after the plumbers dug it up to repair a drainpipe. I have Japanese iris and lots of hostas and lilies that need dividing. Wish I knew someone who would like some starts.

  5. The ornamental grasses you planted are great - they can be so attractive! I like those cement planters and don't blame you for wanting to bring them along. I hope you can get your grass to grow. I know what it's like since our back yard is so shady the grass hardly grows.

  6. Beautiful! Here in Southern California, the water restrictions have resulted in our lawns being brown and only being able to water twice a week has many of our shrubs struggling. I can only dream of a time when the drought is over and we can nurse our plants back to health! I am glad you are able to plant so many beautiful plants and enjoy so many gorgeous flowers.

  7. Bonjour chère amie,

    L'arrosage a porté ses fruit. Le résultat est réussi et magnifique. Merci pour ce gentil partage photographique.

    Gros bisous 🌞

  8. A most beautiful stroll around the yard....Everything looks beautiful....it is so hot here that everything is wilting!

  9. Sheila, I enjoyed the walk around your yard, especially hearing of how you're trying to create your privacy. Hearing of the trees you necessarily removed made me wince...Mr. P. & I just had a minor tiff this morning over a tree we have that's obviously outpacing its intended purpose. We have a utility pole that centers behind a brick fence enclosure we had built in 2004, and we planted a small tree in front of it (the pole) to camouflage it. It requires major pruning now almost every year, and I don't like the idea of the power company's subcontractor's method of shearing one side only. It's a dilemma that likely won't be solved before spring, as it has magnificent color in fall (it's a maple). Yes, always something to do when you maintain a yard, to any degree.
    Looking forward to the alfresco blog hop!
    Rita C at Panoply

  10. Sheila you have a great big backyard, which is more than I can say for me. I love those pebbles you have added... did you steal them from my beach? I live in Greece and we have lots of pebbles... The whole place looks great and the addition of the bright flowers makes a huge impact.

  11. A great way to reflect and enjoy your talents! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  12. Wow...everything is so pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. Thank you so much for linking at #WonderfulWednesday! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night or the #RecipeShareParty where we YUM. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared. Do those grasses need much water?

  14. Looks beautiful Sheila. Everything is so hot and dry here it's barely hanging on.

  15. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  16. I'm not sure if we can grows grasses like that up here in Michigan but I would love them. A few years ago we did some revamping in the back yard and installed the red wood-type mulch and we hate it. Our plan is to take that out and use stones similar to what you have. This is a very inspiring post and thanks for sharing it and your others at Celebrate Your Story.

  17. Your yard looks so beautiful!! Love those big concrete planters, and all the bright lovely flowers!!


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