We stuffed two loads of flowers, plants, mulch, and sod in my car, which resulted to this:
Poor Paul. He had to share the passenger seat with his new friend. He will totally hate me for posting this.
We seem to do this to ourselves every year - putting in all this time and money, when most of them end up dying anyway. Last year, I blamed it on the drought that we had here in Dallas (Texas in general), but the prior years, I really had no excuse. I will tell you right now, that gardening is not on the top of my list of things to do on weekends (or ever), but it helps with our home's curb appeal, and I'm sure our neighbors appreciate it.
The two rose bushes on either side have been there since we moved in. They've grown a lot over the past three years. We added another one in the middle last year, and replaced the holly bush that we lost (mentioned here). Give it a few more months, and it should hopefully bridge the gap. We bought three lilyturfs and planted them in between the rose bushes, and will eventually look like this.
On the very the left hand side of that flower bed, are two society garlic plants that was given to us by my mother-in-law. I thought they died, but it looks like they survived the heat. Haven't seen any flowers come out of them yet, but they're supposed to look like this and smell like garlic.
There's a tree in front of our house, which has a little flowerbed around it. After Paul got rid of all the weeds for me (I am a weakling), I planted some begonias. We had them last year as well, but most of them died except for two that are coming back.
I'm not sure what these purple plants are called, but these were also from last year. They are looking more lush than ever and the bees love them.
I replaced the mums that we had last fall with new spring blooms.
So that is how our front yard is looking these days. Hopefully it will look even better in a few weeks. Next up is (wait for it...) our back yard...oooh...aaaaah!