Friday, June 8, 2012

I Named Her "Venus"

Many of you know I've been working on replacing all my plantings in the front yard.
 Trees, schrubs and just a few flowers but its been an exhausting as well as thrilling experience.  I was so sorry to loose what had been here for 11 years but when its wrong its wrong and wishing wont fix that. There's nothing to do but Take it Out-- Cry, cry some more-- and start again. So thats what I've been doing since mid april.
 Back when I started this blog I told ya I'd be sharing the Good and the Bad  and I do:-)
 I dont always make the right decision the First time but I'm not stubborn about it when that happens. I admit to myself and others I made a boo boo and fix that if its at all possible and this particular spot was once of those boo boo times.  I guess I could excuse myself by saying when the wrong thing went in 12 inches off center I was running 102 fever lol... Thats no excuse I could still see and didnt.

 You've all been very patient with me about Complete pictures of the front yard but its taking time to get it just as I want it and want you to see it.. I'm getting there, really I am.

 She was planted the afternoon before the major venus eclipse  and so I named her Venus. She is soooooooo beautiful I cried when I found her at a " new to me" local nursery..   I had a very hard time finding a specimen to fill this 76 inch wide  , 9 ft high space as most of what I found that would come anywhere close to making a statement  was anywhere from 175.00 to 280.00 and that just wasnt in the budget as I'd already spent so much in front..  When you are redoing an entire front yard, its expensive .
  At Frank's nursery in winston salem nc, this 5 year old plant in a 10 gallon bucket was $30.00.. I tried not to gasp when he told me the price but it wasnt easy..   I had found plants half this size for $99.00 or more so-- I didnt faint but I sure felt dizzy for a minute....
I'll probably have to trim her by fall and I will do so gladly.. I keep walking out there and looking at her , amazed and grateful each time I do..  
  When You see this next photo, you'll understand why..  this was my Boo Boo choice..  the difference is amazing to me.  Seriously?  I let them plant it that far off center... oiu vey..
 Thats a little olive tree and would have taken 5 or 6 years to reach maturity . I moved her to the corner of the house and she hides the water hose very nicely so we're all happy about that..
 Pictures tell more than I ever could... The before and after is beyond words...
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Happy Friday~!


  1. Oh my word, Sonny- what a difference! And you totally scored a GREAT deal!

    Looks so amazing and I am SO happy for you!!


  2. wow,thats amazing, looks beautiful,

  3. Oh, I'm right there with you, girl. I also decided to completely take out every overgrown bush around my ranch house. Now it's all bare and a landscaper gave me a plan. The trouble is that I like some of what he suggests, but I also have a lot of other ideas. You can view it at if you wish. I'd love to see your completed project and get some ideas for plants from you. Peggy from PA

  4. Wow, great price on someting that size, Sonny! What is it called? That little olive tree pales in comparison to the new planting, but I'm glad you were able to use it somewhere else. It's amazing how much some bushes and other plants cost.

  5. Sonny, For me , gardening is trial and error. I have learned as I have gone along. I tend to put things to close. You are doing well. I like the new set up. And you saved the olive tree. Smiles, Susie

  6. Lucky Venus to find such loving home:)

  7. Oh it looks so much nicer....I like it centered. Buying outdoor plants can be real costly! You did good!

  8. Venus is Beautiful. Love that you named her. lol
    I have a surprise for you on my site today so come by when you can.
    Love ya

  9. Sonny, your new plant is stunning and it really does fill in the area nicely. I love it. Can't wait to see the whole yard. Hugs, Marty

  10. If we didn't go awry sometimes, we wouldn't be human. I'm always doing something like that in the garden. I guess because I get in too much of a hurry!

  11. Looks awesome, and boy did you really score a find there. Picture perfect!
    Have a happy weekend,

  12. Sonny- What a beauty! And that price is crazy! Are you sure it's a REAL TREE? It is just perfect in front of that brick -I love it- xo Diana

  13. Hey honey
    I sent an email to Novica asking for the code to your gift certificate so you can order your pretties.
    If you can send me and email around Monday or Tuesday I should have it for you.
    So excited that you won one of my giveaways. I love having them and I love having you as a friend.

  14. Hi Sonny! I love your new Venus - she is beautiful and what a bargain she was. That's just amazing those guys planted the olive tree so off center. What idiots! I didn't say that! :)
    Can't wait to see you entire yard.
    Hope you're doing well and be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  15. felice inizio settimana a Te...ciao

  16. hi Sonny! I'm Renae, your newest member (my darlin'follower). I've been swooning over your pics in the very top / title of your site. I LOVE THOSE COLORS OF TURQ! When I read you bio, tho't, goodness gracious, we have many things in common. Come on over to my site and see if you agree? hint: Dogs, homes, decor and on the cheap. (thrift). see ya :D

  17. What a stately bush. Looks perfect! I am glad to hear your olive tree to a new home.
    I am so happy for you!!!!

  18. Hi Sonny,
    Your new bush looks perfect for that spot, and glad you found a suitable and nice spot for your Olive tree,
    just from what I can see, think your yard is gonna be wonderful.
    Looks so pretty already.

    Got back from vacay on Monday, looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Hope all is well with you hon,
    blessings, Nellie

  19. Venus is FABULOUS!!!! And that is good that the olive tree found a new spot to live in. You are SO sweet to offer the dishes. Take your time. I really appreciate the offer!!! XO, Pinky

  20. Oh Sonny, I'm just loving Venus!!! You did great!

  21. good for you...what a difference!!

  22. oh Sonny, I don't know what that is all about (blocking, etc.) I have blocked some lately (spammers) but not you? Perhaps there is some sort of glitch, like you said. Hmmmm, I don't know how to solve this. dang.

  23. I love the new plant you got and it was a great bargain. We've been in our house 22 years and I've made a lot of mistakes in planting, so you are not alone. In fact my husband had to buy a huge chain to haul out all the plants I put in the wrong place. Let's just say that chain has gotten a lot of use.


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