Last week I showed some of the porches that we were working on, and it took *all* week to get everything pressure-washed, re-stained and railings painted. We also put out mulch around the house and I cleaned up all the beds.
I asked for opinions on my facebook page on dark mulch vs. cypress mulch, and I ended up going with my first choice, which was cypress.
We have so much area to cover that it *should* be cheaper to get it by the truck load, but with the bags of cypress being $1.98, it was pretty much even, and we only used 50 bags. Honestly, mulch is my one indulgence for the year, and I'm not kidding:-)
We have done everything here ourselves and used a lot of native plants from the woods including rhododendron, mountain laurel and wood ferns. My mother has given me azaleas, hostas, day lilies, liriope, and this year a rose bush and two hydrangeas, as well as the ferns for the porch.
I bought the white azaleas five years ago at $1.98 each, and they are really beautiful this year. They are a great low-cost plant that requires no maintenance.
The purple rhododendrons bloom first here, then the native laurel and white rhododendrons will bloom later.
You can see my new rail fence across the creek that my dad split rails for. Our rooster loves it too and is frequently sitting on top.
Although we have all the furniture back up on the porches, they have not been "accessorized" yet because I need to recover some of the cushions. I wanted to get rid of the faded red cushions and bring the vintage style I have on the inside out on the porch. I really want to paint these french doors green, but I didn't want to spend $21 on green paint, so they might get black, which I think would look great too.
However, after all the work we did last week, I'd really rather be here:-)
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Today, I cannot post anything without mentioning the victims of storms in Oklahoma as it is heavy on my heart. We can all pray for healing but we can also help out by donating to organizations that are there on the ground helping. Here are three that I recommend:
I'll be joining: