Landscaping Progress

by Chris on June 13, 2011

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but I don’t have to go to work for the next three months. What that means is that for the first time in forever, it is Sunday night, and I’m not getting outfits ready for the week. I’m also not packing lunches. Oh! And I’m not having a nightmare that I’ve shown up to work naked. That’s normal, right?

While we celebrated our new summer freedom most of the weekend, I did get to work today on the landscaping. You see all that progress?


It’s a significant step in the right direction because I am cursed with indecisiveness. I spent all afternoon traveling back and forth between nurseries making sure I got just the shrubs that I wanted/needed for this space.


And I literally mean back and forth. After going to two nurseries and being upset that they were charging too much or not offering the selection I was looking for, I decided to go to Lowes. Here’s what I bought…

  • 3 Weigela
  • 2 Globe Junipers
  • Grand Total: $120.00

On the way home, I decided to make a “what the heck” stop at another nursery that I don’t remember being all too fond of in the past. Here’s what I bought…

  • 3 Weigela
  • 3 Spirea (that Lowes didn’t carry)
  • 3 Asters
  • 2 Campunelas
  • 1 Bird’s Nest Evergreen
  • 1 Hosta (three times the size of Lowes)
  • Grand Total: $165.00

If you could see the quality difference between the shrubs, you would be absolutely amazed! My point? Go to your local nursery for landscaping supplies. It’s. a. must.


I keep thinking I’ve gotten so much done until I realize I have a ton more things to plant (and spend money on). It’s getting there…but slowly. In this process of hardcore labor, I have done a little self-discovery. I have discovered that I am the messiest worker on the face of the planet. Case in point–




You know—kinda like this guy. I’m the Tasmanian Devil of yard work. Except I don’t have fangs.


I’ll be back tomorrow to highlight some SAS Day links. I’m excited to share!



Marm June 13, 2011 at 4:33 am

Loved the post. Love that you are indecisive and messy too. I guess I’m not the only one. The landscaping is looking great!

Eva June 13, 2011 at 4:46 am

It is going to look GR8 when you are all done. Have fun with this project!

Nicole June 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

You are absolutely right about going to your local nursery for better quality plants. Just recently I stopped in to one and was shocked at both the quality and the price. Both were better than I expected. Not too mention how helpful everyone was!

Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Looks great….and looks like how I work! Nothing gets me going like big landscaping jobs. I agree–the local nurseries are the way to go. They guarantee their shrubs and trees, plus their stuff is usually locally grown.

Jennifer June 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

PS I am a teacher too and am LOVIN’ my first Monday of not heading to school!

Chris June 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Me too, Jennifer! It’s spectacular, right?!

Screaming Meme June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I know you are working hard…It is l;looking great, girly!!!!

Bossy Betty June 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Very cool! Love the progress and enthusiasm too. I am pro local nursery too!

laxsupermom June 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I was shocked at how many plants we got for next to nothing at our local nursery. Which isn’t to say that I’ve stopped buying plants from Lowe’s, because it’s a half mile from my house and so much more convenient, but you can’t beat the quality of the plants or the knowledge found at a local nursery. Your yard is looking fantastic! And don’t worry about the mess, we all have it, you’re just brave enough not to crop it out of the shot.

Crystal June 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I am so with you on being out of school!! Yay!! I feel like a new woman. :) Now I just need to start tackling all the projects. :)

I’m starting a linky party on Mondays (today) and the rest of the summer for my “Make a List Mondays”. Would love it if you could join!


cam June 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

love the post. looking forward to the reveal of your masterpiece!

Debbie June 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I love gardening. It’s a passion of mine. Everything looks great so far.

I hope you have better luck with the shrubs from Lowe’s than I ‘ve had. I’ve got a really green thumb and can make almost anything grow- except for shrubs from Lowe’s!

Chris June 14, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Debbie, I returned the ones from Lowes. They were miserable looking compared to the ones from my nursery!

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy June 14, 2011 at 3:55 am

You totally crack me up! I love it! You & I would get along real well. You have quite a project going! I love how you did the photo labeling all the stuff! I can’t get my phlox to bloom! Ugh! It is going to be beautiful when you are done. Can’t wait to see the finished project, I know you can’t either…;) Wish I could help ya.

Chris June 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Ha! I wish you could help me too, Shan! :) Thanks for the encouragement.

jill peters June 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

If you live within an hour of Allendale – go to Countryside Greenhouse! I drive an hour just to get my flowers and shrubs – you will save the gas money and more! Have a great summer – we move in less than 2 weeks so I have about a month of chaos!!

Chris June 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

We live about 40 minutes away, Jill, and I almost made the drive this year! I’ve heard it’s great! Thanks for letting me know for sure! :)

jill peters June 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

there is still time – they have even better prices now

Stephanie@cre8tive June 28, 2011 at 5:23 am

Wow, that is going to look awesome. I love, love my local nursery. The quality and selection is so much better than Homedepot. Plus they have a huge, huge outdoor miniature train set up, with all the little towns, I just love it. Thanks for the review of the eureka, that thing sounds fantastic and your review was very informative, I think I have all those other products you tried as well, can’t wait to go get one!

Custom pine Straw January 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Looking good. You just need a nice mulch to finish it off. ;) It would really give a nice backdrop to the plants.

Chris January 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Ha! Great idea. We have landscaping stones that we use. I simply hadn’t put them back on yet.

Distinctive Deck Designs June 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

We have used landscaping stones too for certain projects. They can go really compliment the decor if your good at matching.

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