Curtesy of the Woods
This post is sponsored by the woods in our back yard. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s true. The woods in our backyard decided to taunt me with free plants. And I am too cheap to say no. Especially since the backyard is lacking in the plant department. In fact, there were zero plants near the back deck. Hello Boring, meet Humdrum. He’s Ben Stein’s cousin. It must run in the family.
It all began with a trapse through the woods back in February. I was just chillin’ with two of my favorite people – Will and my camera. That’s when I discovered some random azalea bushes.
So as soon as it warmed up a bit, I dragged my shovel out there and dug them up.
Seven pounds of sweat later, I had the plants out of the ground and back into the ground in a different location…namely around the deck steps.
Of course, the rest of the area needs a bunch of help. I am thinking some hanging plants, some potted plants and maybe a cool concrete paint job on the lower patio.
Oh and we gotta pressure wash them stairs. It’s bad when you walk on wood and it’s slimey. It’s worse when slime doesn’t want to grow on your steps because they are too gross for their little slime-habitat to flourish.
The azaleas are a good start.
Oh and Jeremy – don’t get your hopes up that these plants are here to stay forever. Your wife has decided that she doesn’t need to make any permanent decisions. That decision is also not permanent. Just a forewarning.
Of course I had my little helper in tow. His hair is getting long. Still no real sideburns…but the peach fuzz has started. We threw a party in honor of it’s upcoming arrival.
Oh and since I found a tag on one of the azaleas (apparently the previous owners were rich enough to try to plant shrubs in the woods) I found out that they were of the Coral Bells variety. So I photoshopped a few into the yard to see what they would look like in oh, forty years. Just in time for my retirement party.
Of course, free plants do still cost a pretty penny. A very itchy penny. I had poison ivy ALL over. And just in case you are like me and had no clue what the evil plant looks like…here she blows.
So that is how we scored some zero-dollar shrubs for our backyard.
Have you been planting anything lately? Or maybe you are allergic to the poisons of that dreadful weed too? Or perhaps you just wanna share your favorite shrub? (I asked for shrub help last year when we were redoing our front yard and I LOVED the suggestions – even used the top ones in the makeover!)