Monday, May 31, 2010

Out With The Old and In With The New!

This is a picture of the front of my house right before we closed on it.  The inspector was inside looking for issues (he found many, if you remember).  To the left are our Realtors, Loretta and Fitz.  Center is Mr Comforts of Home.

I showed you this picture so you could see the landscaping - or lack there of.  The evergreens you see in the picture were neglected and half dead.  We were able to save one and move it to the back of the house.

Here is what I have been up to.  Removing dead evergreens, removing sod and planting some new plants...

Above you can see the 7 Nandina's I planted.  The grow about 2 feet high and 2 feet wide, so they will fill in and be just the right height. (edited to add...a couple of comments about Nandina getting HUGE...these are a DWARF variety - see the label in pics below.  In the second label pic you can see that it gets to be 2 feet tall and 1-1/2 - 2 feet wide.  Perfect for the space.)

I still have to add mulch.  I hope to plant spring bulbs in front of the Nandina this fall.

Below you can see the left side of the front porch.  I have been enlarging it and digging up sod (like I did here in the back of the house).

So as you can see, it is raining and work outside has come to a halt for a few days. 

Before I end this post, I wanted to show you a wonderful piece of garden art I have had for about 6 years.  I bought it at a local art fair in the area.  It is a copper hummingbird and it just keeps getting better with age.

Did you ever watch the gardening show on HGTV a few years back with Rebecca Koll?  I am going to borrow her saying, that she said at the end of each show.
"Get Those Hands Dirty"
Welcome Home,


  1. Penny you are doing an amazing job with your new home, inside and out. I love these changes!

  2. Wowzers - that looks awesome ! You put so much into your home and it definitely shows !!!!!


  3. Wow! Looks like all of your hard work is paying off! So beautiful!


  4. Penny, you've don't an amazing job with the landscaping. Your porch looks so inviting!


  5. Wow! Already and amazing transformation.

    I used to love HGTV - Rebecca Knoll, Erica Glasner, Susie Coelho's Surprise Gardener and Paul James. Something happened over time and everything moved to some form of competition or reality show. I don't watch HGTV anymore but appreciate you reminding me of Rebecca!

  6. Penny, my hands have been dirty all weekend covered in muck. Your yard is looking good. Lots of hard work, but so worth it in the end.

  7. Penny, I haven't visited for awhile and will have to go back and catch up. Your new home is beautiful and you will work your magic in the garden I'm sure.


  8. Hi Penny! Oh, I love what you're doing to your lawn. Your new beds look so pretty and I know those bushes will look awesome in no time! I love love love your beautiful home!
    You are certainly putting your blood sweat and hopefully no tears into it! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. The front of your home is beautiful. You are definitely adding curb appeal! I love the red door and red accent pieces; that makes such a huge difference!

  10. Oh my goodness have to slow down, you're making me tired :) It looks great! Please send me some of that rain.

  11. You have been a busy girl. Love those nandina. Mine got 5 ft tall though. Had the best red berries on them. Mimi

  12. Penny, I love what you have done with it. My Dad is a retired landscaper and he said this is professional! Great job. Steph

  13. wow....
    the house really looks wonderful....


  14. Wow, Penny. You are one busy lady, and the fruits of your labor always look great.

    I wonder what we would all do if we didn't have our homes and our yards keeping us busy. There is always something to do.

    Love the hummingbird.

  15. Your new home is beautiful! I am anxious to see what more you do to your landscaping! I love the huge porch!~Hugs, Patti

  16. I love gardening! Your hummingbird art is great!

  17. Penny, you and Mr. Comforts are giving that gorgeous house the attention she deserves. She's getting prettier by the day!

  18. Looking great! My nandinas have to be pruned on a regular basis, otherwise they'd be as tall as the garage!

  19. Hi Penny, I loved Rebecca Koll. She was terrific. I miss her show. I do remember her words very well.

    We are at my daughter's home in Kissimmee and I showed her your beautiful home. She said "WOW, how big is that house?" I didn't know.
    Your improvements are beautiful. That porch is gorgeous. I spy a little 'bust' Very cute on your porch. Is she watching the changes or is this her new home? I love your bay windows.

    I can see you are getting those hands dirty. Smile.

    Tonight our grandson graduates. Since his mom died last year he has stayed here in Kissimmee to finish school. It has been hard on him. I know he will be thinking of her tonight. I am glad we were able to attend his graduation.

    Love ya, Jeanne

  20. Good morning! I love the copper hummingbird! Just perfect for your beautiful landscaping! Enjoy your week! I'm sure the weather is lovely right now! ♥

  21. Peaking in at your pretty blog today and your home is lovely and it seems you are having fun playing in the dirt with plantings. Your little hummingbird is a nice addition to your flower bed.

  22. Just gorgeous ms. Penny!!! I knew it would all be so pretty! You & your hubby are hard workers!
    Puts me to shame...& makes me get out there to my yard & flower bed!
    I have dwarf nandina's also & love them!
    LOVE the hummingbrid too:)

  23. Your porch looks so delightful with that wicker set! All your plantings and flowers look lovely in the front of your beautiful home!

  24. It looks so pretty now! Nandina's have nice berries in addition to pretty foliage! I have some and they do spread but I'm not sure I have same variety as you.

    Love all the red, white and blue on your porch!


  25. It just looks so pretty! Love all that you've done and you're a brave one to get rid of things that aren't working. I tend to hold on and regret it later.

    (We followed your advice in advance as we dug up a new portion of the lawn for a flower garden extension over the weekend. I'm still sore.)

  26. Everything looks absolutely beautiful. It inspires me...

  27. Hi Penny, I just LOVE what you're doing to the house and the garden is just beautiful. I love the colour combinations you are using.. the red door, white furniture and red and blue flowers.. so pretty and stunning!! When you compare it to the before there is just no comparison now.. I'm sure your neighbours must admire your home when they drive past. I always love checking out my neighbors houses when they do something new.. perhaps a bit too much as I really should be keeping my eyes on the! take care, Maryann

  28. Penny,
    Your home looks amazing, I love your porch furniture and the plants that you planted. The after looks like the two of you...the comforts of a home.

    I love your new header too.


  29. Penny, your home is lovely!

    I so enjoy spending time in my yard and garden. I just wish I had more time to spend.

    I would love for you to join me at the cottage for my three new linky parties, starting up this first week of June. The first one started tonight, June 1st.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  30. Penny, I just love your home and I love all the new plantings. I had Nandina plants at our old house and when we move to a new home I'll have some there too. They sport such wonderful colors! I love your wicker set on the porch also! Good job! Can't wait to see the Spring flowers next year! Have fun "playing in the dirt"-there just isn't anything better!

  31. I love starting with a blank slate in gardening. Those nandina's will be beautiful. Ours are drawf size and they are awesome.

  32. Beautiful home and I love what you have done with the landscaping.

    Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie. Come again anytime.

  33. So beautiful! You have added such personality and color...I love it! :o)

  34. Penny...this looks just wonderful. I can close my eyes and just "see" how it will look in a few years...
    You have done so so much work on the inside and now the outside. I know it's hard work but I also just know you enjoy every minute of it. :))
    hugs, bj

  35. I enjoyed Rebecca's show on HGTV. That combination of brilliant blue and red flowers is gorgeous!

  36. I am sure it will be beautiful like everything else you do Penny! I think the outside is much harder work than the inside.

  37. It all looks good. The more you put your own stamp on this home, the prettier it is!

  38. Beautiful, Penny, just beautiful. LOVE the splashes of red and blue. Your porch is classy & elegant!

    Pat yourself on the back!


  39. Wow! What a big change. You've done a lot of work and it's looking so good. I'd love to have one or two of those dwarf Nandinas - we have one that is only about 3 ft. tall and gorgeous!

  40. I loved Rebecca Koll...did you know she was/is a weather woman/meteorologist also?

    Just a bit of trivia to make your day ;)