Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dreaming of Spring

Well, the weather here has turned cold and winter-like (just when we thought Spring was here). I'm longing to tackle my garden.

We bought our house just about two years ago. The first summer was consumed with the move itself (across the country), having the floors re-done and painting almost every room in the house. Last summer we were into full-on renovations of the kitchen, back porch and basement. We also had a new puppy. In short, the garden has been neglected since we moved in.

So, 2010 is the year of the front garden and enhancing curb appeal. The back yard will have to wait since we plan to build a new (detached garage), erect a new fence on one side of the property and build a deck or patio.

As you can see from the photos, our front yard is a very small (city lot) space but I have visions of a London or Paris style front garden. I envision boxwood (but I'm not sure how well it will grow in Calgary), a little fountain, lillies, climatis and roses.

We also need to address more practical matters like the peeling paint on the front concrete steps, beautifying or covering the concrete foundation beneath the siding, replacing the lattice with ballisters and figuring out new decking for the porch.

Here are some before photos (the first photo is from before the house was painted) and some inspiration shots.

BEFORE: (Note that we have added shutters to the upstairs windows since these photos were taken)

AFTER (?):

Any and all advice is welcome!

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