This weekend we decided to spiffy up the yard and start getting it ready for Spring.
This Chinese Fringe plant has already decided to bloom.
Aren't these berries on the Nandina pretty?
My Carolina Jasmine is on its way to blooming...
I love these little yellow flowers. You can see the ivy has started to take over the Carolina Jasmine trellis. I'll show you what we did about that in a minute.
I started with something easy like cleaning the coffee table on the patio.
Then we quickly moved on to pruning the crepe myrtles, roses, etc. Those are roses along the fence. Pretty soon, they'll be blooming and full of leaves.
This was by far the most difficult thing we did. We decided to get rid of the ivy along the fence. This started out as just a few tiny ivy plants that I had inside. They wouldn't grow inside, so we decided to try and see if they would grow outside. Boy, did they ever! It was like Kudzu. That stuff did not want to let go of the fence. Below is the "before" pic.
And here it is about an hour and a half later...
I think we'll like this a lot better. That ivy had overstayed its welcome. :)
I was surprised my patio plants did so well throughout the winter. I didn't do anything but water them (when I remembered) The Dianthus and Snapdragons actually did pretty well.
The snaps are even getting ready to bloom again.
I brought out the patio pillows again. I finally learned to put them up when we're not using them. It makes them last a lot longer and they don't get faded from the sun as much. My hubby built a shelf in the garage to store them on.
While I was messing with the pillows, hubby cleaned out the fountains and bird baths.
The last thing we did was to apply Preen Weed Preventer on top of all the mulch. I've talked about this before HERE, but if you're new to my blog, you might have missed it.
I love this stuff! I put it down every 3-4 months year round and never have to pull weeds. It really works!
Just a couple more things...Have you been on pins and needles wondering where I put all those IKEA look a like planters I got at the Dollar Spot??? :) Ha! Well, here they are. I put one on the mantle...
One on an end table in the living room...
This one ended up in the dining room with some tulips in it...
This one is holding my tea bags in the kitchen...
And this one is on top of the armoire in my bedroom. I'll be revealing our master bedroom makeover really soon. :)
And last but not least, after hearing Stacey talk about a buttermilk pie, I just had to make my own. :)
Do y'all like buttermilk pie? I'll be back Wednesday to share a fantastic sweet pork recipe along with some recipes for lime cilantro rice and Chile Verde Dressing. Yum!
Y'all have a great day!