The Difference a Year Makes and a Garden Party Link Up


It's Friday and it's time for our first Garden Party link up of 2018! This is such an exciting time of year for fellow green thumb gardeners and me. 

Today I'm taking a look back at how far we've come with our gardens since about this time a year ago. If you've been reading Poofing the Pillows for any time, you know that we built this house last year and moved in at the end of June. We were actually moving boxes on my birthday. We had a crew that installed the grass about the time we were moving in - thank goodness - but we have done the rest ourselves and we aren't finished yet!

The photo below was taken on April 3, 2017.  You can see that the house was still a few months from being complete and the yard area was one big construction zone.  The ground was littered with boards, bricks, stones, nails, you name it!




Thankfully, the builder had the mess nice and clean by the time the grass was installed.  Once we moved in, we didn't waste any time at all beginning the landscaping. The area we are calling "the flower bed" is large! We had a plan drawn by our favorite local nursery, Covington's in Rowlett, TX. We have followed the plan loosely as we've gone along.  We began by installing this walking path through the center of the flower bed. This was my hubby's idea and we all love it!



August 2017, we were planting bushes and trees in spite of the fact that the temperatures were hovering around 95 degrees. Talk about a water bill!


We kept planting all the way through fall. Our winter gave us some extremely cold temperatures a few times and we had to cover plants with old sheets and blankets.  I have a hundred pictures I could share but let's fast forward to now at the end of April 2018. What a difference a little bit of time and a whole lot of hard work makes!!

We have planted all the bushes that we need....maybe.  We are in the process of planting as many favorite perennials as we can.


This niche in the foundation of the house provides us with a wonderful shady corner. We've planted Japanese Maple, azaleas, a camelia, hostas, ferns, and an elephant ear. It's all coming up slowly but surely. We've never had a Japanese Maple or azaleas so we are excited about these!



The work doesn't end and we don't want it to. Who needs a gym when you have the chance to work outside?


It takes perseverance and desire, my friends!  I ran across this quote recently; it seemed perfect when thinking of a garden.  Thanks for taking this gardening stroll down memory lane with me. I look forward to seeing how things change as this summer goes by.



Now let's proceed to the garden party. :)



Mark your calendars for the next garden party on May 25th, 2018. Hope to see you there. :)

Linking with: Tuesdays at Our Home





51 comments

Decor To Adore said...

I can't wait to be inspired! Thank you so much for hosting.

Pam Richardson said...

Thanks for hosting, Stacey! Your gardens are looking beautiful! I know the hard work that is involved!

Betty said...

I envy you. I am not doing too much gardening here because we will be moving in a few years. I cannot wait for that time to come. I do have my pots, a few flowers and a veggie garden to take care of. I love what you have done.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Wow! Everything looks so lovely. I want to play at this party, but our work is really starting next week...So I will join the next one!

Calypso In The Country said...

Yes, a lot can happen in a year! It all looks beautiful! I linked up a garden tour that I went to last spring because the weather JUST started warming here. Hopefully, next month I will have tons to share from my own yard. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend!
Shelley

Jann Olson said...

Stacey, your home and garden are just gorgeous! Love what you have done so far. It will only evolve over the years and get better with time. I love a path to anywhere! :) I had one that wandered through our herb garden at our previous home. It was so fun to walk it and get a nice aroma as you bushed by the herbs. I had two Japanese Maple. Lost one this year. I think it was from lack of water this winter. :( Thanks for all your work putting this fun link party together!
hugs,
Jann

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I know you and your hubby have worked so hard on your beautiful yard, Stacey. it must be fun to see how things have filled out so far.
Thank you so much for hosting, and have a wonderful weekend, playing in the garden.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

That's an excellent garden quote and so true! I haven't seen the images before of your yard and gardens as you began last year. It all looks fabulous! Looking forward to seeing your gardens throughout the summer!

Carol@BlueskyatHome said...

Stacey and all the Hostesses: What a great idea to share such beautiful gardens. What inspiration. Planting season is just beginning and these posts are beautiful to look at and dream about.

Cindy Richter said...

Oh girl, my back hurts just looking at what y'all have accomplished. It's beautiful!!! One day I'm going to come visit you and Jemma and take turns hanging out in your yards. ;)

taylorlisa said...

I envy every minute of what you have done. I look forward to having the freedom to choose my landscape one day.

That Japanese Maple makes my heart feel full.

Lisa

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, your landscaping is just GORGEOUS!!! I love hydrangeas! The entire yard is breathtaking!

Kim said...

Your hard work has certainly paid off and I know that as the season progresses, your garden is just going to bloom...in more ways that one! Enjoy your time working there and relaxing there! Thanks for the party, too!

Debra Oliver said...

Hi Stacey, thanks so much for the invitation. Your garden and home are just so beautiful. You all have done such amazing work. I love the garden stones for the path. One thing to note on Japanese Maples. Here in SW Missouri, we see them planted in courtyards like yours, but believe me, they can grow and become very large, even the "Dwarf" species. If it's too close to the house it will present problems; completely covering windows and looming over everything else. It's typical to see them have to be removed after about 10 years because they are just too large and invasive. Not trying to be a downer, just sharing. Keep an eye on it, it's pretty close to your foundation.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is such a wonderful party! We are having the most beautiful Spring this year...nice warm temps during the day but mild at night. It's neat to see the changes in your home in just one year! Sometimes it's hard to picture those small plants growing and filling in but in TX AND FL...they sure do! Thanks for the fun! Hugs, Diane

Jeanie said...

Oh Stacey, how exciting in every single way! What joy to see your yard turn from dirt to a beautiful haven of color. You will have such joy in the coming months as it develops!

Richella said...

Wow, a year DOES make a big difference!! Your hard work is paying off very nicely. Everything is looking so beautiful. If you feel like you need a little extra "gym time," feel free to come to my house for some yard work! :)

Thanks so much for hosting!

P.S. Yay for perennials!!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Amazing transformation Stacey. All of your hard work is paying off. Starting with a blank canvas is a large job.
Kudos to you and your hubby on creating a beautiful yard. In no time at all, the plants will mature. A pleasure to join you as a garden host.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

What a difference, Stacey! I can't wait to watch as your garden matures - it looks wonderful already!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Stacey, your home and garden are spectacular! I love how much you've done to the gardens outside already, in no time those plants will mature and spread their beauty. Gardening is so rewarding, I love seeing a seed sprout and bloom into a stunning large plant. xo Lidy

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

So pretty! Gardening is work, but it's so rewarding too. :)

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
Your yard and gardens are looking great. I love the curved path of stones in your flower bed. From the gardens at your last house, I know these gardens will only get more beautiful as time passes.

Thank you for hosting the linky garden party. Love sharing gardening ideas.

Judith

Joanna at Gingham Gardens said...

Stacey - it's been fun following the progress on your new garden. It looks fantastic!

Sarah said...

Stacey, you have accomplished much! I think you are going to love the Japanesse Maple. They are some of my favorites, but sadly we lost the ones planted in our back garden a few years ago. Believe it or not, the squirrels destroyed them! They started eating the bark, stripping the trees until they slowly died. I want to replant, but haven't as yet.
Love the quote. It certainly rings true for gardeners. Thakns for hosting and happy gardening!

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Mary said...

Hi Stacey, I enjoyed seeing your landscape and garden come to life! We just got a delivery of mulch to top coat everything this spring. It's amazing how it tidies everything up. Thanks for hosting, I look forward to joining you girls in the garden each month. ♥

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Time certainly makes a difference! Having before, during and after photos is a great reminder of just what all went on. You've come a long way with your new gardens, they will never be done, that is the joy of gardening.

Great job!

FlowerLady

Lady of the Manor said...

Stacey, it has been fun to tag along with you as you develop your beautiful gardens. We’ve also worked hard to put in gardens around our new home. Several are waking up from a long winter and I’ll be joining in the party next time. Thanks for hosting this inspiring party!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, your garden is beautiful. You have really worked hard and it shows. Love the garden path in the flower bed. I know it’s an on going journey but like you said, who needs a gym. It’s so fun to work in the garden and such a joy to see the results like you have here. Happy Gardening xo

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Stacey, Your garden is coming along beautifully and it is such a good idea to take photographs as a reminder of the work that has been done. I have lived in many houses, but hardly ever taken photographs of the work it has taken to create the garden, but this time, like you, I am taking photographs from the beginning, so that I can see all the hard work we have done.
Thank you so much for the invited to your Garden Party, I have noted the date on my calendar and I will be joining you next month as well.
I look forward to seeing the progress you make each month.
With best wishes
Daphne

Junkchiccottage said...

Good morning Stacey. Your garden is looking so beautiful. All your hard work is paying off. Look how far you have come in only one year's time. It is fun to see how you have made your new forever home so cozy and beautiful. Love that view you have from your home too. Just beautiful.
Happy Saturday.
Hugs,
Kris

The French Hutch said...

Hello Stacey, I know that feeling, when the house is not quite finished and the yard still looking like a construction zone. Wow, what a before and after! Your beds are beautiful, I especially love the path and I’ve been pinning these for one I want to do on the side of my house. Yours has gone to the top of my list, I just love how you did yours. I love the quote and It’s certainly true. Thanks for sharing and hosting, I love a garden party!

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

Stacey
Your exterior is beautiful. I love the mix of the brick and stone. So pretty!
You are in Texas, right? Love it all! laura

Tanya said...

Your garden is looking beautiful! I know it must have been a ton of work to go from a brand new house to completed flower beds!

Donna said...

Your garden will be gorgeous! Lots of hard work but so worth it. Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

Ricki Treleaven said...

Thanks for hosting the linky, Stacey!

Your home and garden are stunning! I love your brick and your stepping stones! And the shape of your Japanese maple is adorable. I've always wanted one. Y'all have accomplished A LOT in a short amount of time, My Friend!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,
RJ

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Your garden always amazes me! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend out there :) Thanks for hosting!! xo

My thrift store addiction said...

What a blessing to see all that's been accomplished in a year in your beautiful home and garden! Thank you for hosting!

Lea said...

We moved into our home 3 years ago this coming August and only had grass laid and then had the landscape done the following March and Hubby just keeps adding to it. We also the Colorado Stone walk ways in our flower beds and down to the pond in the back. It looks so nice. Lovely home and beautiful yard. Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Chapman said...

Happy spring, Stacey! You're indeed right ~ who does need a gym when you have soil and pavers to move and lay!!! ;) I cannot wait until we find our next house but until we do I'll be moving all my pots around our mini RV garden. So fun to be able to join up with you all today, thank you!!! I appreciate the invitation and thank you to you all for hosting. <3 Happily pinning a ton...

Happy gardening and can't wait to see more as your gardens fill in,
Hugs,
Barb :)

p.s. We had a Japanese maple that eventually got to be about 10' tall and as wide. Might consider moving it further from the house if you think it might "like its spot." Just a quick thought! Do love it for its beautiful color!!! <3

Louca por porcelana said...

What gorgeous landscape around your beautiful house with a big garden!Love the japanese maple tree and your pretty flowers,just amazing!Hugs from Brazil,South America.Thanks for hosting!

justplainjilly said...

I can't believe it's been a year! You've come a long way, baby!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

wow - you have come a long way in such a short time! The landscaping looks wonderful and you will reap the benefits of its beauty !! As for me, I saw a few daffodils in my yard and took great pride - LOL!!!

Terri Steffes said...

How lovely! I love fresh and beautiful landscaping. I get the itch to tear out and redo around the 10th year! My husband does not. It makes for interesting conversation!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Stacey... I can't believe how much you have done in a year! This looks like a great party. I will be spending my time this afternoon getting inspired. Have a wonderful week!!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Happy Monday and Happy Gardening!
Dave tells me the weather has been great these past 4 days. It has been beautiful in Puerto Rico too. I finally have a tan:)
Sounds as though Texas has had perfect gardening weather this past week. It's always fun to reflect on the past year. I am so happy for you and the joy you are receiving from your new home and yard.
I return home tomorrow.
Jemma

Rita C. said...

Stacey, I love seeing the huge amount of progress you've already made! I'm just back from vacation, and took a walk through my garden yesterday. Things are still very slow to bloom here; in fact, my daffodils are just now spent, nemones still blooming, and I am waiting for first flush of roses. The iris, clematis and poppies have buds. I think it's finally spring here in middle south!
So happy you got the garden party started. I will share this one, and join next time, for sure.

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Stacey your landscaping certainly has come a long way and now that it is spring all the flowers will bloom and the plants will grow and it will be a work of art in progress. Enjoy all of your hard work.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Your home and gardens are so beautiful....I remember swooning over your gardens at your previous home too!

Laura said...

Everything is just lovely Stacey.
Your hard work and love show!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Your new house is gorgeous and the landscaping and gardening look so nice! Good luck with it.
Thanks too for hosting this fun garden party.
Have a lovely weekend.
Julie