Gardening Makes Us Smile

Hi y'all!

Let's see....we've been in our new house 9 weeks and we've been super busy! Seems like most people would be focused strictly inside but not us! We are working outside trying to get the structure of our front flower bed done before fall really sets in. This will give bushes and trees time to develop roots over the winter and then they will be more vigorous next spring.



Just a short time ago this whole place was a construction zone covered with debris and trash. Now it's being transformed into the kind of place we dreamed of. The front of the house has a nook just off the porch and we couldn't wait to put in a Japanese Maple in this spot where it gets protection from the HOT sun.





























The texture of this variety, called a Tamukeyama Japanese Maple,  is so pretty.. It is a dwarf tree that gets 6-8 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide. It has reddish stems and bark. The leaves will turn bright red in the fall. Can't wait! I love the seemingly delicate texture of the leaves next to the stone and brick of the house. 

We also headed out into the yard and planted an Autumn Blaze Maple. This tree has been on my wishlist for years! We've never been able to plant one because they get huge! The information I've read says they can be 40-50 feet tall and wide. I hope I live long enough to see that happen. :) 



She looks so tiny out in the yard but she's really a pretty good size for a new tree. It's exciting to look out the window and see plants and trees that we've placed. Do you feel that way too? Knowing that we planted them just makes it feel like home.


We've also placed quite a few bushes and plants of different types. The one above is a Flutterby Petite Snow White Butterfly Bush by Monrovia. Don't you love that name? We planted two of these to welcome butterflies and pollinators, just like we did at the last house.

Ornamental grasses are a must in my book! This one is Pennisetum alopecuroides "Cassian".  The texture of grasses and the way they sway in the wind is just too good to pass up. 

That's where we are now on the gardening front. Well truthfully we have things that aren't planted yet but they will be! Summer continues on here in Texas with hot temps until October or beyond sometimes. We still have plenty of planting time here.

*If you are local, we've purchased almost everything at Covington's Nursery in Rowlett. The nicest people ever are there.


Ending this with a note of thanks for those of you who have made donations, said prayers, and done anything you can to help the people along the Gulf Coast of Texas. We know that the needs are too great to comprehend unless you are there.

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40 comments

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh it is looking soooooo good. Love your new house.

Simply LKJ said...

Everything is looking so good. I love our Japanese Maple that is by our pond. Gosh, I remember when my hubby and the girls gave me four maples for our backyard one Mother's Day. They were maybe 5 feet tall. They tower over our home now!

The Gathering Place said...

It will be fun seeing these plants grow and fill in. Good plant choices.

Andrea Nine said...

We just meet with Peter, the dearest man, to talk landscape. I am a dig in the dirt kind of gal so super excited about this! I adore the front of your home and the plants will add the majestic gorgeousness!!

Joanna at Gingham Gardens said...

I love watching your progress from afar.

Brenda Pruitt said...

You are really going to enjoy what you planted for years to come. So glad you're having fun at your new home!
Brenda

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Congratulations on the new home. Luckily it's a great time to plant trees and the weather has been so great around Dallas this past month.

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
An Autumn Blaze Maple! Do you have to do anything special to get a certain fall foliage color? I remember a science teacher at a school who asked for donations of pickle juice left in the jar after all the pickles were gone. She poured the juice around a maple tree in the school yard to get it change certain colors in the fall.

Judith

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, I hope you will link this to Gardens Galore at 8 am this morning! Hope to see you and Happy Labor Day!

Sandy said...

I love it all thus far. You can work inside when it gets cold, but you are wise to get it all set in the yard.

Rita C. said...

Oh, Stacey, I'm excited for you! Yes, I get excited with new plants, even if just transplanting something from one side to another with existing plants. To see them go limp, then establish, then thrive....a gardener's delight!

I think the blaze maple looks like a pretty big one (hopefully you got a good deal at this point in the season). I love my dwarf butterflies - they attract so many butterflies, and because they're compact, it makes it a lot easier to catch good photos when they land. ;)

Your yard is really looking so good!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You must be having the most fun, building the garden in your new home!

Donna said...

Planting a garden and trees makes a house a home. A Japanese maple is always a good choice.

Decor To Adore said...

It tickled me that you had a plant wish list and dreams are coming true. :)

Kathleen Grace said...

Having your garden in is going to make it feel more like home I am sure. We lie outside in the summer. I'm taking a break from mulching right now to scan blogs! Lol. I think you'll be surprised how fast the maple will grow, we planted one less than 10 years ago and it is already mature looking! Happy Labor Day!

Kathleen Grace said...

"live" we live outside in the summer. lol

Bonnie said...

Love your new plants. I know the autumn blaze maple will be spectacular. Glad you planted butterfly bushes, too.I know how much you enjoy butterflies. I would love a japanese maple in my yard. Your grasses will be quite showy soon.
Wow, your house is so beautiful and your lawn looks great.

Kim said...

I think you are smart to hit the garden while you can. A garden takes years to grow and settle. Starting it now gives you a jump. I am sure there will be plenty of time to focus on the inside when the weather turns a little cooler. Enjoy the warm weather and that pretty yard!

Suzanne said...

Soooo gorgeous! Wait till you see this Friday's post. You'll laugh! I just finished writing and saving it and then clicked on your blog. Like minds, I tell you. Your house is stunning. Love that combo of brick and stone.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Things are looking great! I love that white butterfly bush too. You'll have plenty of time to keep on planting before cold weather arrives. :) Maybe we can wear boots and scarves by December, fingers crossed. Lol!

Jeanie said...

Wow -- Love the trees. Japanese maple are a favorite of mine and red maple, too. That butterfly bush looks magical -- and you are right about wonderful name!

It's looking terrific, Stacey. Loads of work there and it shows!

The Sketchy Reader said...

Japanese maples are so pretty. Y'all have planted a lot already! I'm impressed! I need to replace a few ornamental grasses near our driveway. We've managed to kill all three and I don't know how or why!!! Any suggestions (that mayhap I can't kill) would be appreciated!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

It all looks so pretty. I would not know where to start choosing trees and shrubs to plant, so your garden posts are a great resource!

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm thinking about a Japanese maple near the house...I don't want anything with big roots, nor anything that grows very high-just an ornamental tree. Do you think this will work in Zone 5?

I've always admired your gardening talents...your house is going to be gorgeous as these plants/trees mature.

Jne x

Jann Olson said...

Stacey, your garden is going to be gorgeous!! I totally get it. We moved into our home on July 24th 8 years ago. The yard was nothing but weeds. I couldn't wait to get out in to it! We hydroseeded and planted lots of trees and bushes. I also brought up lots of perennystarts from my previous home. Love the Autumn Blaze!!
Hugs,
Jann

Junkchiccottage said...

Looking so great Stacey. Glad you are putting your great garden touches on the new home.
xoxo
Kris

Lady of the Manor said...

Your yard is really coming together! We are having to reseed our grass. We've had a very dry summer, especially during the time we were visiting our son in Montana. The flower beds are doing better and we continue to put in a few more. I'm getting some inspiration for you!! Thanks for sharing, Stacey!

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Everything looks amazing, Stacey! So glad you weren't affected by the hurricane, I was worried! xo

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I like the new maple tree. Also the fluffy textures of the grasses are wonderful

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

So glad you're getting your plants in! They're going to look great, especially those beautiful maples. You're making such great progress!

Art and Sand said...

I think it would be fun to plan out a new garden and get it exactly how I wanted it rather than working around what's already there.

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, I am so excited for you to get to plan out your garden and get exactly what you want! Gardening is always a work in progress. Thanks so much for sharing at Gardens Galore!

Inspiredbyjoy said...

Stacey, I love your house with the mix of brick and stone. The first things we planted were the dwarf red Japanese maples. You have really got a head start on your landscaping and gardening. It takes time but the joy is in the journey. I am glad you joined this party. I will look forward to following your blog. Have a blessed day. Dianne

Creations By Cindy said...

Everything is looking good Stacey. Your landscaping is really pretty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

justplainjilly said...

You have been busy! I adore Japanese maples. It's all coming together!

Cristina Garay said...

How exciting planting your own trees and watching them grow! Looking forward to seeing pictures of your red Japanese maple this Fall. ;)

My thrift store addiction said...

Your new garden is looking great, Stacey! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--I'll be sharing this on my Secret Garden Herbs FB page this week!

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