This weekend I couldn’t do anything on the master bathroom project, since I am waiting for contractors to come and do their thing, so I took advantage of the nice weather and worked outside, cleaning up the gardens, planting and trimming some trees…


The front of the house is looking pretty good from the corner garden to the sidewalk. All I needed here was a little weeding. The ajuga plants that I bought two years ago have quadrupled, as have the lambs ear that I transplanted. It must really like my yard. I did break up a few clumps and move them to other spots in the yard in the hopes that they will continue to multiply and provide ground cover that will lead to me needing less mulch every year. Fingers crossed!

front-garden-in-bloom bulit-in-planter

I bought some plants for the built-in planter as well — Coleus, Sweet Potato Vine and Licorice Vine — though it is hard to see them right now. Just wait until August…with a little luck they will be huge and gorgeous!


I bought this purple plant for the first time this year after seeing it at Cheekwood Gardens during my trip to Tennessee. We will see if it likes my planter or not.


If you look closely, you might be able to see some of the ajuga and lambs ear that I transplanted to the corner garden. I’m hoping with time they will take over the entire thing and then I won’t have to mulch at all. I also gave the Pom Pom Juniper a haircut to keep it looking neat.


I have to put all of the plants in the back yard in containers so a certain Border Collie mix doesn’t trample them. Dusty Miller, Celosia, Zinnias and a pretty pink ornamental grass (that should grow to be 48 inches tall) were the picks for this year.


Because I know my garden-loving Mid Century Mom will want to know — the grass is called ‘Fireworks’…


In addition to gardening, I used my new pole saw to trim a few high branches that were drooping down too close to my retro red fireplace. Leo particularly enjoyed this part — giant sticks to play with! (and yes, for those inquiring minds, we did grill and share it with Leo)


Putting in the veggie garden was delayed a week from its normal Memorial Day weekend planting, due to bathroom construction and cold, rainy weather. This year we planted a lot of tomato and pepper varieties as well as some of the old favorites — peas, green beans, zucchini, squash and lettuce. Mmmm…I can’t wait!

peppers-and-tomatoes side-yard

Finally an update…the side yard a.k.a. the site of the stumptastrophie…is growing equal parts grass and weeds. At least it is green, right? Oh and that orange cone? The city came to mark our water shut off valve and found the lid was missing, top was broken and it was buried. I’m still waiting for them to come back with a new lid to swap it out for their orange cone. They are not in a hurry.

I hope you all had nice weather for the weekend too!



  1. Your yard is looking great! Isn’t it great to see things in bloom? Our first daylily opened today, and you would have thought we needed to declare a national holiday. Everybody had to troop outside to see it.

  2. Kate, your Roman stone is very similar to the color of my brickwork. Our house is going to require new paint soon, and yours looks SO nice. May I ask, what color is your house painted?

    • Very cool that we have the same brick Lynne! I don’t know the exact color of the house, it was painted shortly before we bought it. The color is a reddish brown that they picked out from the darker spots in the bricks. Hope that helps!

  3. The plant from Cheekwood is called “Purple Heart” around here, altho it goes by another name that I can’t think of. All your gardens look great … and will be really cool before too long. Side yard looks SO different! 🙂

  4. Everything looks great! I planted this weekend, too, because we had that same odd weather. The plants in your planter box will look especially nice. I can just picture the vines draping over the edge and all the colors! And what, you don’t like your little orange yard ornament? In Ohio, that’s our secondary state flower because they’re everywhere (along with orange barrels, our state bush)!

  5. Thanks Mid Century/Mid TN Mom! I bought one of those purple plants, too, and didn’t know what it was called. I live in OH and I read that it won’t live through the winter but that it makes a nice houseplant, so I’ll see if I can keep it through the year.

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