Remember this? We’ve gotten so much better about the whole yard thing since then. Once the patio arrived last year we started getting better.

Adam and I spent the entire weekend prepping all our flowerbeds for the season. And I literally mean the ENTIRE. WEEKEND. Four trips to Lowes, 24 bags of mulch, 19 plants, several bags of soil…you get the idea. We are exhausted, but as of this afternoon it’s done. Now we keep working on the lawn (which took a beating when the patio was built last year), and I’m thinking about growing tomatoes this year. Maybe. I’m not sure, but we’ll see. If Adam helps me build a raised bed for them.

The burning bushes got so big I had to prune them back. I’ve planted 9 more lily plants in the big flowerbed this year, I might add even more. We put a Common Boneset between the bushes, but it’s not too happy there.

I planted a bunch of daylilies in the small flowerbed. We had some tulips come up, but they’re already leaving for the season.

The big bed in the backyard after weeding but before mulching.

I love the way freshly mulched beds look. Everything came back so happy and healthy this year.

Except the cherry laurels, we can't figure out why the leaves are so brown and full of holes. I took this photo before we finished, now they have tons more soil and a nice big mountain of mulch. Hopefully that helps.

And our tree out front is gettin so big!

Cora would be so proud of how happy it is here.