Monday, January 12, 2009

I Need the Tootsie Touch

There are two areas of my yard that I am downright embarrassed about, they are, in a word, ugly, and they have been ugly for far too long. This year I vow to d0 something about it. The worst part is that they are both situated to the front of my home. I love and admire beautiful yards so much but I feel they are not within my reach.

That kind of thinking has to stop today, I am going to get the yard I can be proud of, why not? But of course I would not mind the support of my blogging buddies, you guys are so supportive of everything I do, any ideas will be appreciated. Of course you may not know much about tropical gardening but let me tell you what I envision for the spaces.



For the above space I basically want some green grass, lots and lots of flowers and a bench, there is a lot of shade here, this is where I had my vegetable garden last year, however hubby and I decided that we would do all gardening in the backyard this year and beautify the front yard spaces.


here is another view of the same space,


I want to Tootsify the above space and turn it into this:







Another space of shame is this space pictured below:

Here are two more shots of it, I am laying my embarrassing yard bare, for all to see, so that the only thing can happen is an improvement!






I want this area to become this....................,


I want to use it for a recreation area for the kids, I would love to include a swing set and a splash pool at the far end.
Sigh.................................................., I wish I had Tootsie' talent!

I have to buy some top soil and fill in the spaces, I'm going to buy some grass seeds, it's a cheaper than buying the grass squares itself, and lots and lots of plants, or maybe some seeds too, those that can go directly into the ground. It will be hard work but of course worth it. Wish me luck guys!

My neighbor sent me these, on Saturday, they are called pommerac, they are really sweet and were gone in minutes!













26 comments:

Donna Marie said...

Girl!!!!!!!!!! Look at all that potential you have! You can Tootsify that yard in no time! I really love the new paint job!

Miss you much!

xoxoxoxoxoxo
Donna Marie for the comment at Krista's... you know it means alot to me. And I know you have been there with your Father. (((HUGS)))



PS Thanks

Chris said...

Oh Raxx, you have the perfect spots for a beautiful garden, You have edges and borders and your beautiful home as a backdrop. And I'll just bet that Tootsie will be jumping right to your aid. Come by when you get a moment, I have a tag for you.

Love Ya,
Chris

Jessica said...

Wow~ You have some really great spaces to work with. I know you can create a magical place. I just know between you & Tootsie you can come up with something great!

Have a beautiful day friend~

J

Justine said...

Yep, your yard needs some TLC, but I have plenty of faith in you, that you'll make it look beautiful. And I'm sure Tootsie will help you along the way too!

Never heard of a pommerac. Interesting.

Justine :o )

Lynette said...

Oh man - so much potential - can't wait to see what you do with it!!
Hate it about AI - how do you watch it??

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Raxx, Your yard is going to be beautiful! Tootsie does have the prettiest flowers I've ever seen! That fruit looks tasty, I've never heard of it. Kristen

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Shelia said...

Morning Beautiful! Oh, you have some great places to landscape. I'm sure that Tootsie would help! Your home is lovely shining in the background. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
Now, I've never heard of that fruit but it's very lovely!
Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

WOW!! Your yard has so much potential. I would love to be able to have a tropical garden. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Tootsie will be of great help with annuals. Annuals have full color most of the season. Good luck!!
Hugs, Terrie

Tootsie said...

okay....lets get busy! I will think of some plants you can directly seed...maybe print off your photos and then make a plan for you...that will help get your juices flowing! I am willing to give you any ideas I have....I would even love to come and "tootsify" it for you if I could! your gardens are just empty right now...
how long is your season? does it ever get cooler there? I noticed all my houseplants that I guard from the cold...sitting in pots outside in your yard...YOU ARE SOOOO LUCKY!!!!

will be in touch!

SchmeckyGirl said...

Wow you have nice property. I have no gardening advice for you... but I hope you get it done. It sure can use it. I'm excited to see what you do with it!!!

Tootsie said...

I need your email address!!!! I have some great ideas coming! am leaving mine for you...
gduchak@shaw.ca....
please!!!! I am getting all antsy for spring...and if you don't mind...I will use your project as a post one day...after you see it first of course!

Deb said...

Hi Raxx you have a big beautiful space to work with, I can't wait to see what you do with it. I love what you have in mind. I can't wait until you take that trip I would love to see your twin island. I never even heard of Queen L's mishap. Well it's 2 minutes to American Idol. I guess I sound like the Rain Man ( it's two minutes to jepardy) LOL!!!. I hope American Idol is much better than last year! Do you watch American Idol there? Deb

Ma'dame French said...

You have the yard and YOU can do it!!! I wish I had Tootsie's touch but alas I can't garden worth beans! Maybe one day I will have the time to have the tropical look i so desire;) French

Mama said...

Hi Raxx you do have a beautiful spacious garden and Tootsie is such a talented gardener, I cannot wait to see the end results, it's gonna look fabulous I am sure, hugs, Kathy. the fruits look delicious.

artis1111 said...

Rax you will have a ball doing the yard. Take a can of spray paint and draw where you want things. That makes it a lot easer. Kathy

nikkicrumpet said...

Good luck with your project. You have a couple of great spaces to work with. It will be hard work but the end results are so worth it. And you might even discover a love for having your hands all covered in dirt! I can't wait to see the transformation....and don't you just wish you could clone Tootsie and have her for your very own...I know I do!

Smilingsal said...

Ah yes, a Tottsifing job is what you need.

Melissa Miller said...

~You have a beautiful and huge yard! I can't wait to see what you do. :)

Putz said...

no body has grass that green do they.//////??????? my finished yard looks much like the one you want refurbished, but utah does not have WATER, so green is not around too much...i know i might be a little too strong and not very clear when it comes to my writing, but stick with it and you will begin to read my mind and everthing i say will make sense...I LOVE MARY BLIGE...i finnally figured out your money ...just 10 times everything english and you have your pounds...i went back to review the last two weeks and was impressed by how much you are into things just like my 40 year old daughter that can't stop talking or doing things

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

We started out with a backyard that we referred to as "the big Muddy". Now it's our summer oasis. Once you get started it'll take shape before you know it. You'll find it a rewarding process. Take your time and enjoy the creative process.
Sweet Wishes,
Sara

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The Muse said...

Can't wait to see how your space progresses!

Tismee2 said...

WOW I would love to have a GARDEN (start by calling it a GARDEN - yard sounds so concrete and sterile!)

It's a beautiful space. Are you able to grow lots of flowers there? Sorry for sounding stupid but I know the delicate little flowers we have sometimes don't grow in hotter climes.

Tismee2 said...

tut - I got so engrossed in trying to convert you to calling it a garden that I forgot to finish the sentence!

I meant Wow, I wish I had a garden that big. I do have a garden and like you am thinking of doing something more with it this year.