April 25, 2016
Spring Front Yard 2016
Every Spring I wait like a giddy child for just the right moment to snap some photos of our front yard. First I have to wait for the flowers to bloom. But then I have to be a little more patient and wait for a perfectly overcast day to get these magical and romantic images. I then run out into the street with my camera as cars drive by. I don't care what people think - this is my flower moment! It is most definitely worth the wait and even though I do this every year, it still brings me so much joy.
I really believe that investing in and caring for beautiful plants in your yard is a gift to yourself year after year. It has taken years for me to accumulate a garden that I love - slowly buying things and figuring out what works best and looks best based on climate and personal taste. It's definitely been a labor of love but I am happy to be at a place where I am doing less work in the yard and more of just simply enjoying it.
I try to stagger out my blooming trees both in our front and back yards. I have a mix of spring blooming trees as well as a handful of pink crepe myrtles that will bloom in the summer. Having flowers bloom throughout the seasons is such a treat for the eyes!
I also try to be intentional of where I have planted the trees. We use them in front of certain windows of our house to add a little privacy. And I cluster them in the yard to create balance throughout our garden beds.
And in case you couldn't tell, I have a thing for pink and white! It seems to work well against our neutral colored house and I have found that finding a consistent color theme makes everything look better together. Plus it keeps me accountable to not just buying every pretty flower plant I see! Having a clear direction for what I want helps me only buy what is really necessary in filling in gaps.
Growing up, my mom told me that they had planted a blooming tree outside of my bedroom window for me to look at. It didn't mean much to me at the time. But now I find myself doing the same thing. I need a flowering tree in front of every window so that I have a pretty view to look out to! Though I may have not fully appreciated that tree out my childhood window, little did I know I was being trained to fill my surroundings with beautiful things to look at!
Here is the tree that is in front of our large kitchen window. I always try to take a picture from inside the house but it doesn't do the tree justice. But it really is a beautiful sight to see each spring while I am in the kitchen.
So thank you for letting me indulge you today in my overabundance of flower photos! Spring really is magical as it awakens us from the cold of winter. I am so thankful for the reminder of new life that a little sunlight and refreshment can provide.