A couple shots from the sidewalk:
I'm in love with the herringbone brick sidewalk. Not that I could change it if I wasn't, but I love it all the same. I also love our brick path, even though I would love it more if it were herringbone as well. The tree up by the fence is, according to about 30 seconds of Google research, a plum tree. A couple days before I took these photos, this tree was covered in gorgeous pink blooms. Definitely a keeper. The fence was built just before the house was put on the market, and it's a good quality and allows us to let the dogs out. I may want to paint it white, but either way I'm happy about it.
The seller's realtor still hasn't picked up the for sale sign (pictured lying by the house), so that went off to the alley. Our bright blue door is killing me. What color should we paint it instead? I don't know. I love a glossy black door, or stained wood. And then we get to the weeds. Edward and I spent this past weekend weeding and prepping the garden, and we've managed to get rid of maybe a third of the weeds (and gain a rad farmer's tan). It's going to be a battle, guys.
STUCK WITH IT FOR NOW
Those bushes along the side of the house are kind of a bummer. When we first looked at the house it was still winter, and the bright red berries looked nice and cheery against the snow. I do love putting branches with berries and evergreen leaves in a vase in the winter, so they've been granted a stay of execution. I don't love the blue gray trim on the house. Ideally, we'll have it painted Charleston green, but because we're in a historic district, we have to first get approval for any exterior house work. I don't know how long that process takes, so that's a big question mark.
Now into the yard:
So, I don't unconditionally love quite as many things from these photos, but there's still some good stuff. If you strain your eyes, you can barely make out the brick outline of flower beds hidden under the weeds. We're keeping those, and probably extending the beds in some spots. You can also see the side entrance to our patio area. To the left of the door is a garden shed, which is Edward's favorite thing, and which I have to admit is pretty useful. And in the bottom photo you can see the wood-edged bed that will eventually be our vegetable garden. Also, the forsythia bush! We had them in my yard growing up, and they're so bright and cheery. I may plant more next to it so it's not lonely. (Our previous owner seems to have had a thing about planting solitary flowers at random intervals in this yard. We're going to attempt to give it a more abundant look.)
The weeds. Oh my word, the weeds.
STUCK WITH IT FOR NOW
So those attractive wires hanging precariously on the house next door belong to that house, and I assume they won't let me chop them down. My plan is to plant some very tall bushes to cover them up. Another item that will get covered is the wire fence in the back of the yard, which I believe also belongs to the neighbors. This weekend I planted a million morning glories, in hopes that they'll do their job and cover the wires in brilliant flowering vines. In the patio, on the other side of the door from the garden shed, is an odd little covered area with no obvious use. Tiki bar? Grill area? Super hazardous fire pit? No one knows. It's not the most attractive thing, but I'm not sure what I would want there instead. Do we open it up, or keep the two spaces separate? And do we paint it a color, or stain it? Someone tell me what to do, please.
And that's where we stand on our yard for now. I have high expectations for the potential of this space, but at the moment it's not exactly glamorous. Sigh. I am going to have the worst farmer's tan this summer.